Thursday, July 8, 2010

Ginger Honey Cough Syrup

Why oh why do my kids and I still get sick in the summer time? The rest of the country has to deal with colds during the severe winters when everyone retreats to heated homes and shares germs by the fireside. Here in Texas, we have a mild winter and a fierce summer, forcing us to retreat inside and share germs... by the AC unit.

Late June and both my kids and I got a nasty cold, complete with runny nose, hacking cough, and sore throat. Time to whip up a batch of ginger honey cough syrup. The ginger is good for sore throats and to help clear mucus (yummy!), the honey is an antibacterial and also soothing for sore throats, it also helps to calm the coughing reflex. (except in the case of my hubby who gags when he tastes ginger).

Ginger Honey Cough Syrup

1 tbs fresh ginger, peeled and diced
2 tbs local honey
1/2 cup hot water

Mix all ingredients and stir well. Allow to cool slightly then sip as needed. For a very strong tea, leave the ginger pieces in the jar. For a more mild tea, scoop out the ginger after about 10 minutes.

*It is meant to be thick and sweet, like syrup. Increase the amount of water for a more tea-like drink.
*This cough syrup will keep in the refrigerator for about 2 weeks.

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