Cold season is upon us. As I type this, I’m looking out my kitchen window at a dreary rain and wet leaves plastered all over the deck. It can’t be long before I’m feeling that characteristic tickle in the back of my throat.
This is one of my favorite natural cold remedies. I always use honey in it, as it seems to act as a throat soother and cough suppressant. I hope you won’t be needing it any time soon, but just in case, go ahead and stock up on the ingredients now. (By the way, you can keep the ginger root in the freezer, where it should last the whole winter.)
- 6 to 8 thin slices fresh ginger with peel, about the size of a quarter, smashed lightly with the side of a knife
- 6 to 8 scallions, white part only
- 2 to 3 teaspoons raw sugar (such as Demerara), honey or maple syrup, according to taste
- ¼ teaspoon sea salt
- 2 cups water
Put the ginger slices and scallions in a small pot (preferably glass or ceramic) and add the sweetener, sea salt and water. Bring to a boil, stir well, lower the heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Strain and serve hot.
This recipe comes from A Spoonful of Ginger by Nina Simonds.