The cold & flu brew
Stopped up, sneezing, coughing, achy, blah! Yep, it's cold & flu season.
As soon as we start to feel a cold come on, we make a big batch of our home remedy, "the brew". Even though this isn't a miracle cure, we sure think it helps. And here's a plus, it doubles as a simmering potpourri making the house smell great!
First, I start with a 2 qt stock pot filled almost to the top with water, then add the following: the peel of a small orange or tangerine, about 1" chunk of ginger thinly sliced, 3 cinnamon sticks, 3-4 cloves and 1 tiny shake of cayenne pepper. Simmer the mixture for 3-4 hrs and top off with about a cup of water. I strain off and jar about 2/3 of the mixture, then add water to the pan for another round. Simmer the remaining batch for a few more hours. This should make about 6 pints of the base. Any resealable containers will work. If you have a house full of sickies, double the batch and store in a tea pitcher.
After you have the base made, the rest is easy. I just microwave a cup at a time adding a heaping spoonful or two of raw honey and a squeeze of lemon. For the last cup of the night, I add a generous glug of whiskey for the sleepy factor.
Get well soon!