I’m guessing the monsoon season is upon us. SO MUCH RAIN. With all this rain it gets a bit colder, and sitting around in sub-zero (I exaggerate but it is freezing) temperatures at the office can put one at risk of catching a cold and/or cough. It’s going around the office. Be afraid, be very very afraid.
Besides pumping up on vitamin C, I am drinking a fair bit of healing, warming teas. Rooibos is one of my favourites, and I have apple-cinnamon tea currently in my office stash. When it’s all too late and we feel the tingle of a sore throat coming on, we take out the fenugreek to make some tea. I threw in turmeric, lemon and ginger to increase it’s efficacy even further.
I’m not sure where my mom came across the benefits of fenugreek, but it’s traditionally used to treat sore throats. Ginger is anti-inflammatory and can help boost your immune system, really fighting those bugs, plus it just tastes so darn good. Turmeric contributes to detox and lemons give you vitamin C. So this is really a super tea!
Warning: I’m reading that fenugreek is not good for those who are pregnant, as it could possibly induce labour (yikes).
- ½ a lemon, sliced and seeds removed
- 6cm ginger, peeled and sliced
- 4cm turmeric, peeled and sliced
- 1 tablespoon fenugreek seeds
- Honey, to sweeten, if preferred
- Put the lemon, ginger and turmeric slices into a teapot or a large coffee plunger. If using a teapot, it's not a bad idea to use a tea infuser ball to place the fenugreek seeds in, but if you don't have one don't worry you could place the seeds directly in the pot, just use a small strainer to catch the seeds when you pour it out.
- Pour hot water, around 750ml to 1 litre depending on the size of your teapot. Let the tea infuse for ten minutes, then serve. You can mix in some honey into your cup if you'd like it sweetened. When the tea gets a bit "over-infused", just top your pot up with more water.
Enjoy, and stay warm!