I don’t know about you, but when I have a cold or a sore throat, I want tea. Some sore throat tea to make my throat feel better and hopefully knock back any cough I might have, at least temporarily.
I start with this lemon ginger tea and add just a couple of additional ingredients that not only taste great together but also make my throat feel better.
I found Bigelow’s Lemon Ginger tea a few years ago, and it’s my go to for taking care of my throat and making me feel just a little less bad if I have a cold. Unless I opt for a Top Shelf Margarita. But only after 5pm!
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What Is Probiotic Tea?
The tea also contains probiotics, and according to this article on probiotic tea from the company that developed the probiotic strain used, the probiotics in the Bigelow Lemon Ginger Tea can survive high temperatures (hot water to make the tea) and can possibly help your digestion as well as give your immune system a bit of a boost.
The main thing though, is that is tastes really good.
Lemon and ginger go together beautifully, so it’s a nice option to start creating your soothing sore throat tea.
Turning Regular Tea Into Sore Throat Tea
I always start with the Lemon Ginger Tea.
By itself, it’s calming, soothing and full of antioxidants. Perfect as is.
But to fight a cough and amp up the soothing goodness, I have been giving the tea a bit of help by adding:
- raw honey
- fresh pineapple juice
The honey adds anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory goodness along with healthy sweetness.
The pineapple juice contains the enzyme bromelain which is an anti-inflammatory, and it is also purported to be excellent at suppressing coughs.
Helpful Tip #1
To make pineapple juice from fresh pineapple (to make sure it’s full of active, happy bromelain:
- cut segments of fresh pineapple
- blend them up in a blender
- Strain through a fine mesh strainer (especially if you’re making tea. Nobody likes chunky tea)
There are no rigorous scientific studies I could find, but my husband and I have both found that pineapple juice does indeed calm a cough. So, hooray for pineapple juice!
The short formula for my Sore Throat Tea is:
Bigelow Lemon Ginger + raw honey + freshly blended pineapple juice = Sore Throat Tea!
- Steep the tea for four minutes
- Gently press out the bag and then let cool an additional 7-8 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the tea is 140F.
Helpful Tip #2
Most enzymes are killed off at temperatures above 140F, so cooling your tea to 140F before adding your honey and pineapple juice will ensure the enzymes in both are alive and well.
Once your sore throat tea is ready, sip away. It is truly soothing and delicious.
The hints of pineapple work well with the lemon and ginger in the tea, and the honey rounds out and enhances all the flavors. It’s lovely.
So next time a cough rears its ugly head or your throat starts feeling a little scratchy, get into the kitchen and make yourself a soothing cup or two of sore throat tea so you can get back to being your regular awesome self.
- 1 1-1 1/2 " cross section of fresh pineapple, , core and all
- 8 oz filtered water
- 1 Bigelow Lemon Ginger Herbal Tea teabag
- 3 Tablespoons whole pineapple juice, (from the above section of pineapple)
- 1 teaspoon raw honey
- Cut the pineapple into chunks and blend until pureed. Strain through a fine mesh strainer. You can store the juice in the fridge in a sealed container for up to a week.
- Bring 8 oz water to a full boil.
- Pour over the Bigelow Lemon Ginger Herbal teabag and let steep 4 minutes.
- Press the bag out gently and discard or compost.
- Allow the tea to cool 7-8 minutes, stirring occasionally. At this point the tea should be about 140F.
- Stir in the fresh pineapple juice and sweeten to taste with the raw honey.
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Nutrition InformationYield 1 Serving Size 1 cup
Amount Per ServingCalories 48 Carbohydrates 18.1 g Fiber 0.1g Sugar 10.4g Protein 0.2g
Thank you so much for taking the time to read today. Stay healthy this cold and flu season!
Take care and have a lovely day.