Picture this. The sun is shinning, the birds singing it is a really beautiful time of year.... and I'm sniffling. I'm not alone, it seems like everyone around me has a cold at the moment. Well I'm not interested in having a sore throat or a runny nose this week, so I decided to hit the pantry and create this yogic tea. I don't know how authentic this recipe is. I found the recipe on the back of a card I picked up from a yoga class years ago and had tucked away inside my yoga book. The good thing about it is you most likely have a lot of the spices needed on hand already. Who wants to have to go to the shops when you're not feeling well? A bit of a warning, it is a very strong tasting tea, so feed free to reduce the spices to suit your own tastes. It is very sweet as the licorice is the main flavor, so you may not need any honey. It does however ease a sore throat and I'm hoping by tomorrow I will be feeling back to my normal self. Hopefully you don't need it, but one day if you do, I hope it helps.
Yogic cold and flu tea
1 tsp licorice root (or one licorice tea bag)
1/4 teaspoon whole cloves
1/4 teaspoon fennel seeds
1/4 teaspoon whole black pepper
1 cinnamon stick
1 small piece fresh ginger (or 1/4 tsp dried)
1 small piece fresh turmeric (or 1/2 tsp dried)
Juice of 1/2 a lemon
1 tsp of raw honey
Place all ingredients except the lemon and honey in a small saucepan with 2 cups of water and bring to the boil. Reduce to a simmer for 10mins. Strain, and add honey and lemon juice. Sip slowly outside in the sunshine and let it do its work.