As a teacher, preacher, and public speaker there is one major “occupational hazard:” voice strain. If I have a mild cold, or if the air is a bit dry it becomes even more of an issue. What no speaker or teacher needs is to totally lose their voice. As such, I have sometimes resorted to a warm (not hot) tonic drink that soothes the throat, and that is tasty as well.
Ginger orange tonic blends citrus and spices to make a, at first tingly, but then, soothing drink. It might not be much to look at, but it does the job. As always with any health related post, I must note I am neither a scientist or medical professional, but rather that this recipe works for me.
- Orange 1
- Lemon Juice 1 Tbs (fresh or bottled)
- Honey 1 Tbs
- Ginger 2 inches of fresh root
- Ground Cinnamon 1/4 tsp
- Water 250-300 ml
Peel the ginger root and finely sliver. Place in a small saucepan along with the water and bring to near boil, then reduce heat. Juice the orange and add the juice and any loose pulp into the pan. Add the lemon and honey, and then the cinnamon. Stir until cinnamon is fully dissolved. Then strain through a tea strainer or similar mesh, and serve warm in a mug.