The idea of cold and flu season sends chills down my back.
I’m a single mom, and the idea of being sick AND taking care of a little one is my idea of a nightmare. Luckily I’ve only had the flu once (the year my daughter was born), and I intend on keeping it that way.
Among the many things in my anti-cold/flu arsenal is my ginger tea recipe. This easy but potent brew is an excellent way to stay healthy this season. If you do get sick, it often cuts down the duration to less than three days.
Ginger is a potent antiviral, reduces nausea, helps soothe aches, and expels mucus.
The lemon juice provides fresh vitamin C and is great for your liver.
The raw honey soothes a sore throat and helps boost the immune system.
Add a splash of apple cider vinegar for a antibacterial boost and some beneficial probiotics, and a dash of cinnamon and you’ve got a super brew.
Cooking it in the slow cooker extracts all the nutrients without the excessive heat of boiling.
You can also create this recipe with fresh ginger juice (juiced like any other vegetable) instead of slow-cooker steeped ginger…which is even more antiviral and potent.
Unfortunately many folks don’t have juicers so I created this slow-cooker recipe for those who need it.
According to Stephen Harrod Buhner in his book Herbal Antivirals (which I highly recommend):
“Ginger is best…as a respiratory antiviral circulatory stimulant that will calm nausea, reduce diarrhea and stomach cramping, reduce fever (by stimulating sweating), reduce cold chills, reduce inflammation in bronchial passage ways, thin mucus and help it out of the system, reduce coughing…and provide analgesic pain relief equal to or better than ibuprofen.”
I have personally found this to be an excellent tonic when I’m sick. A friend said it tasted like a flat ginger ale. I think the cinnamon and apple cider vinegar make this taste a lot like a gingery hot apple cider.Ginger is a potent antiviral, reduces nausea, helps soothe aches, & expels mucus. This flu season, grab some ginger!Click To Tweet
Slow cooker ginger tea
• I add a few small knobs or a large knob of peeled and thinly sliced ginger to a slow cooker (the ratio is about 1 thumb sized piece per each 8oz/1 cup of water*).
• Add about 8 cups of clean filtered water (adjust your water to the ginger as per the guidelines above).
• Cover and cook on low (never reaching a boil) for 1-2 hours
• Add 1 stick of cinnamon to the last half-hour of cooking. If I’m sharing this with kids I use the sprinkle of dried cinnamon instead.
• Once your cup of tea is served add the juice from half a lemon or if giving to kids as much as your child will tolerate.
• When the tea is warm, NOT hot, add about 1 tsp – 1 tbs of raw honey. On the higher side if you have sore throat. None for babies under 1.
Adults can drink 2-3 times per day.
Kids can drink 1-2 times per day and the tea can also be further diluted. I personally avoid this for those under 3 however ginger is considered generally safe (see note below). For little ones I prefer elderberry syrup as the antiviral of choice.
Important Note: Ginger can act as a blood thinner so do not take this if you are on blood thinners or if you are having a medical procedure or surgery scheduled in the near future. According to the Herbal Academy of New England ginger may interfere with certain medications such as wafarin, high blood pressure medications, and diabetes medications, therefore it’s not recommended for those on these medications.
*The ginger to water ratio is pulled from the book Herbal Antiviral by Stephen Harrod Buhner, however the recipe is my own.
If you want more tips specific to kiddos read my post, How to Keep Kids Healthy During Cold and Flu Season and What I feed my Child to Keep her Healthy.
So there you have it, my slow cooker ginger tea. Do you use ginger when you are sick? Has it helped you recover? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
Until next time healthy families!
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