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#1 Old 09-19-2006, 04:24 PM
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BEST-EVER Cold-Cure Ginger-Cayenne Tea

Category: Beverages/Smoothies

Suitable for a: vegan diet



1 inch / 2.5 cm piece ginger root, peeled

4 cups cold water

1/2 t cayenne pepper (or to taste)

2 T lemon juice

Sweetener to taste (agave or honey or whatever you prefer)

1-2 cloves garlic, mashed (optional, they sound like they'd make it taste funky but hey - when you have a cold, can you really taste anything anyway?)




Grate peeled ginger root. Put it in a pot with 4 cups of cold water, bring to a boil, lower heat, and simmer 15 minutes.

It will boil down a bit.

Add cayenne pepper (more or less to taste) and simmer 1 minute more. Remove from heat.

Add fresh lemon juice, sweetener to taste, and mashed garlic. Let cool slightly, and strain if desired.

(I strain it.)

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This stuff seriously is good when you're fighting a cold!!
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#2 Old 11-07-2006, 02:31 PM
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oh man i think this just cured my sore throat. THANK YOU!!!
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#3 Old 11-07-2006, 02:53 PM
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Sounds like it would work well.
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#4 Old 11-07-2006, 03:32 PM
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it works too. i have done that every winter for years.

the second you feel a little something coming on, make up a batch

and watch yourself start healing!

a word of caution, it is a bit of a stimulant for me

sometimes i cant sleep when i drink it.
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#5 Old 11-07-2006, 04:47 PM
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I agree that it works wonders, but this is about the most digusting thing I have ever drank in my entire life. The students at my campus are really into it for fasting and 'cleansing,' but it just makes me want to throw up.
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#6 Old 01-26-2007, 05:44 AM
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I'm having some now, it seems to be working.

Call me weird, but I think it tastes good, too.
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#7 Old 01-26-2007, 10:23 AM
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I made this the last time I had a cold, but I couldn't drink it all. Too hot for me.
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#8 Old 01-26-2007, 11:10 AM
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This does help,

I do it with the Ginger tea i buy at Trader Joes, and i add cayenne pepper to it. i havent added garlic, i will try that next time
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#9 Old 01-26-2007, 12:22 PM
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This sounds so interesting. I feel a cold coming on. I'm going to have to try this out.
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#10 Old 01-26-2007, 09:54 PM
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I have a cold at present will try this.. thanks
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i'm making some now, i'm afraid of the taste but i'd try anything now
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#12 Old 02-22-2007, 08:17 PM
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Dn't be afraid of the taste! It's no different than the spices you'd find in an Asian dish or hot soup...

good stuff!
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I tried it, its not too bad I just had to get over the pepper. I'm not sure if it worked or not, I had ginger tea earlier so i'm feeling better.
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#14 Old 06-17-2007, 07:57 PM
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This may be hard to swallow, but it really helps! And without the fuzzy head you get from OTC cold products.
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I used to make something very similar, but instead of "sweetener" I used apple juice (more good-4-u stuffs).

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#16 Old 06-28-2007, 08:12 PM
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Yeah, any type of sweetner is fine, obviously. I use apple cider fairly often because I have lots of it frozen from last fall.
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#17 Old 08-23-2009, 06:30 AM
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thanks. I'm getting close to being vegetarian and need guidance. Right now I'm looking for cayenne and ginger tea recipe you have listed.
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sounds interesting. i will give it a try the next time i feel a cold coming on
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Originally Posted by dizzymisslizzy View Post

oh man i think this just cured my sore throat. THANK YOU!!!

awesome....thankies for the heads up on that
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#20 Old 10-08-2009, 06:26 PM
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Was just starting to come down with a cold and did a search for cayenne tea to see if anything had changed since I first heard about it a couple of years back. Nope, still the same old trusted formula.

/goes off to make some hot stuff (hehe)
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Awesome--simple concept, easily available ingredients. Will definitely be making use this winter!

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I am just getting over the flu and i had a really sore throat. I normally drink alot of camomile tea and add two teaspoons of honey and this really hekped with my throat. after two days it vanished

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I just ordered Yogi cold season variety from

The last I want to do is mess around in the kitchen when I'm not feeling good! :tired:

I've had Yogi Breathe right before and loved it! It's one of 4 different ones in the variety.


A tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in water or tea is also amazing for congestion.

Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good
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I have a great flu buster tea to revive. It has worked every time! Quickly too when I'm feeling down with a cold or flu. And I try to start this tea at the onset of flu. Usually has kicked it within a day or two. 


Ginger Flu Buster Tea


A few inches of fresh ginger, peeled and chopped

Organic orange rind (Use 1 or 2 oranges)

3 to 6 Cinnamon Sticks



Boil the ingredients and let cool.

Drink at the onset of the flu. The tea is a very effective remedy to kick colds and the common flu!

Drink every 3 to 4 hours for a few days.



An organic orange is better to use but if you can't find it or if it's too expensive, use a conventional orange of course! You can't skip any ingredients or it won't work. Honestly I get very excited about this tea and right before this winter starts, well that's way down the road but, I'm going to keep a stock in the freezer in case I am ever stuck home feeling down.



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#25 Old 08-14-2014, 08:27 AM
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Don't let cold and flu season knock you for a loop. Stock up on this home cold & flu remedy before the cold weather sets in. It's even delicious when you're feeling great!

For a long time, honey, ginger, and lemon have been recognized for their homeopathic properties. When combined, they make a knock-out remedy against a myriad of ailments.
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