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Monkey is feeling a bit under the weather so getting away to post something this week is proving a bit difficult. There are a lot of nasty bugs floating around already and this could be an indicator that we’re in for a rough winter and potentially a difficult cold/flu season.

This being said I wanted to do a quick post about my favourite DIY tea for when I’m feeling like garbage. This helps to boost the immune system, gives you lots of beneficial vitamin C and helps to promote circulation/sweating. It’s this last effect that I want the most when I’m sick; sweating out an illness is a real benefit and anything to promote circulation is a fantastic addition to your cold/flu regime.

For the medicinal information on ginger check out my materia medica post on it here.


This recipe is for one mug of tea but I tend to use my teapot and double this recipe.


  • 1 inch of fresh ginger root (no peeling necessary)
  • 1 tbsp of freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp of honey (raw and local if you can get it) or cayenne honey
  • 1 tiny pinch of cayenne pepper (optional)



  • Mince your ginger as finely as you can and place in your mug/teapot
  • Add your fresh lemon juice (organic bottled in a pinch will do to)
  • Add in a pinch of cayenne (optional)
  • Cover with boiling water and allow to steep for 15-20 minutes
    • If you are a mug place a plate over it to keep the tea warm
  • Strain out the ginger root
  • Add honey or cayenne honey to taste


This recipe is very adaptable. If you like more heat you can increase the levels of ginger/cayenne. If you need it a bit sweeter add extra honey and if you like a little more zip add some more lemon juice.

Enjoy and I hope you don’t need this!