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Best-Ever Cold Cure Ginger Cayenne Tea

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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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oh man i think this just cured my sore throat. THANK YOU!!!
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.
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.
I'm having some now, it seems to be working.

Call me weird, but I think it tastes good, too.
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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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
This sounds so interesting. I feel a cold coming on. I'm going to have to try this out.
I have a cold at present will try this.. thanks
i'm making some now, i'm afraid of the taste but i'd try anything now
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.
This may be hard to swallow, but it really helps! And without the fuzzy head you get from OTC cold products.
I used to make something very similar, but instead of "sweetener" I used apple juice (more good-4-u stuffs).
Yeah, any type of sweetner is fine, obviously. I use apple cider fairly often because I have lots of it frozen from last fall.
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.
sounds interesting. i will give it a try the next time i feel a cold coming on
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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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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