How well do you know your tea? Next to good old clean water, tea is the second most widely consumed beverage in the world, and for good reasons. By boiling different leaves, herbs, vegetables, and even fruits, you can create herbal drinks that can affect your body in different ways when consumed.
These effects can vary between detoxifying, calming, sleep inducing, and energizing. Some can even boost your immune system or provide treatment for certain ailments. All it takes is a bit of hot water and some patience. Let’s start with the simplest home remedies.
Sage or Ginger Tea for Treating Sore Throat
Varying temperatures throughout the day can wreak havoc on the throat. Some people are more susceptible to this than others. If you’re one of these people, then you’ll love these cheap remedies.
Both sage and ginger are cheap and regularly available at local groceries, markets, and herbal and vegetable gardens. If you don’t know where to get sage leaves, you can ask your local gardener about it. If you happen to have a big backyard full of different plants and weeds, there’s a chance that you already have some sage growing in your property.
Boil the sage leaves in water to make the tea. 10 leaves can make up to a liter of sage tea. 2 to 3 leaves is enough for a big mug’s worth of the stuff.
For the ginger, 2 to 3 peeled pieces that are about 5 inches long can be enough for a liter of tea. If you just want a mug, a single solid chunk of ginger will do. Crush and/or slice parts of the ginger root so the flavor can spread throughout the water better.
You can add sugar or honey for sweetening either tea. It’s up to you how much. Just remember that too much sweetener can defeat the purpose of a beverage for treating sore throat.
If you made too much of either sage or ginger tea, don’t worry. Before adding sweetener to the mix, you can gargle with either tea to maximize the soothing effects. This is best when the mixture is still comfortably warm. You can also set aside most of the tea for consumption throughout the day.
Turmeric, Apple, and Green Tea Flu Tonic
Any large Fuji apple will do for this recipe, just cut it into 5 to 8 wedges. Either turmeric powder or fresh peeled chunks of turmeric can be used. And if you can’t find dried whole leaves of green tea, green tea bags will do.
Boil some water in a sizeable container. Put the apple chunks and turmeric into the water. Turn down the heat and let the entire mixture simmer. If you found green tea leaves, put them in last. The same goes if you’re using green tea bags, but they need to be put in at least 10 minutes later because more than 5 minutes of boiling might overcook the tea bags and cause a bitter flavor. Remove the bags after 5 minutes.
This mixture can be consumed throughout the day to alleviate the symptoms of flu. If the turmeric is not enough to reduce the inflammation of a sore throat, you can add ginger to the mix.
You can also supplement the mixture with added herbs and spices for extra flavor. Lemon peels can add some much needed zest if the taste bores you. Just make sure to separate the pulp from the actual lemon skin before you throw the skin in. And take out the lemon skin when it’s done steeping.
Honey or high quality muscovado sugar can make the mixture sweeter without compromising its healing properties. Extra flavor can be added with a couple cinnamon sticks, or a couple drops of vanilla extract.
Infuse Water with Cinnamon and Basically Any Fruit
Besides being a flavor that can complement a lot of different mixtures, cinnamon also has plenty of health benefits. This includes lowering blood sugar, decreasing inflammation, controlling cholesterol, and generally having lots of antioxidant properties that promote better health. It’s also one of the most widely available spices on the planet.
You can pair basically any tasty and juicy fruits with cinnamon to infuse water with flavor. Citrus fruits will work best. You can use apples, oranges, pineapples, lemons, or limes. Just cut up the fruits and put them in the water along with a couple sticks of cinnamon. If you’re using cinnamon powder, you can dissolve it first in warm water and then add it to the water that you’re going to infuse.
Seal the mixture tightly and leave it overnight in the fridge. If you have a large jar that can be sealed, that would be your best option for overnight storage. Otherwise, any large container for liquids will do. After 5 to 12 hours of infusing, the resulting cold mixture is going to be ready to give you a refreshing feeling and flavor that no unhealthy soda can. You can use this concoction to thwart your cravings for sweet commercial drinks that are heavy on chemicals. It’s a delicious way to lessen your consumption of unhealthy beverages and increase your consumption of organic fruit juices.
Besides citrus fruits, you can also experiment and use melons and cinnamon. For this version, you can add some milk to increase both flavor and antioxidant properties.
Simplest Herbal Remedies for Gout
If you’re suffering from gout, you’ve probably already struggled with different medicines and remedies that have promised to curtail inflammation. Here are some of the simplest remedies that have been proven to work.
Combine turmeric, ginger, and cinnamon into one tea. You can use either powdered or solid versions of each ingredient. As usual, honey or sugar can be added to adjust the flavor as necessary.
How about a recipe that just requires water and a potato? Clean up a single potato and cut it into thin slices. Put the slices into a glass of water and let it sit overnight. Drink the resulting potato water the next morning. Do this every morning to decrease the amount of uric acid that’s circulating in your system. It might not taste good, but if drinking a glass of potato water in the morning works for your gout, you’ve got yourself a simple and cheap solution to one of the most common debilitating diseases on earth.