This recipe will make you get better faster when you are sick

Sick again for the second time in 2015. First New Years and now MLK Jr weekend. I don’t know whether I am unlucky or if the babies in my life are just prone to pass on germs.

Here is my recipe, perfected, of course, over the years, to reduce the effects of sickness and keep me perky.


  • 1/2 or 1 whole lemon
  • 1 to 2 thumb-sized cuts of ginger root (available in your grocery store in the fruits / vegetables section)
  • Optional: Honey
  • Optional: Brandy


Ceramic Tea Pot: Heat up a tea pot by filling it with hot water from the tap. With the water inside and cap on top, set the tea pot aside.

Set 1 Liter of water to boil.

Wash the lemon. If you are using the whole lemon, roll it around on the counter pushing your weight onto it as you roll it. This will help burst the sacs inside and make it easier to juice the lemon.

Take out the ginger root. Chop off any dried-out ends. Slice the skin off with a vegetable peeler if you are grossed out by the skin (not necessary).  Slice the thumb-sized ginger root into nickel or quarter sized slices.

Pour the warm water out of the tea pot. The tea pot should now be warm and clean.

Cut the lemon in half and juice it with your favorite juicing tool (my favorite tool here:  Chef’n Citrus Juicer from Williams-Sonoma – Bonus – helps make great Margaritas or Mother’s Day Present). I juice the lemon directly into the empty tea pot. Optional: peel the loose and juiced inside of the lemon away from the skin and throw this into the tea pot.

If you are feeling adventurous, get out a sturdy garlic press. Put a few slices of ginger into the garlic press, and squeeze them into the tea pot. Open the garlic press and throw the remnants into the tea pot as well. Then  throw the remaining ginger slices into the teapot as well. The more ginger you have, and the more you use a garlic press, the spicier the lemon-ginger-tea will be.

Pour the boiling liter of water into the tea pot, mixing it with the lemon juice (and insides) and ginger root. Let it sit for 6-10 minutes.

Your antidote is now ready.

Pour into your favorite coffee or tea cup.

Optional: Add Brandy or Honey into your personal cup for an extra punch.

Save the tea pot by leaving it on your counter all day. Anytime you want a little soothing quench, pour a half cup from the tea pot into your mug and heat in the microwave for a minute.



Bedtime Bonus

Mix a quarter cup of hot water from the tab with a teaspoon of salt. Mix vigorously with a spoon. Quickly add in a quarter cup or less of Hydrogen Peroxide and mix. That will give you about two or three mouthfuls of mouth wash sure to get to work for your sore throat.



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