Yard Sale Mandoline

Secret-ingredient tea for what ails you

It just happens. As much as we try to eat nourishing food, sleep a fair amount, and otherwise ward off the bad bugs, sometimes we end up with one of these on our hands:

The human: sick, but still pretty adorable. The dog: man's best friend, indeed.

The human: sick, but still pretty adorable. The dog: man’s best friend, indeed. Yes, I did beg (the human) for permission to publish this photo.

The g.d. common cold. It just happens, despite our best efforts – for while we’re on the road to fabulous health, and dozens of miles ahead of where we used to be, we are not yet transcendent beings of perfect health. We are human beings, with human colds.

Around our ol’ urban homestead, the first line of defense is always, without fail, a mug of this homemade tea. It’s our proprietary blend; our special-tea, if you will. See what I did there? Here are the players:


Joseph’s favorite mug. It has the periodic table on it. I ❤ Nerds.

First up, raw apple cider vinegar. Apple cider vinegar is lauded by many in the natural health community as a superfood, almost a miracle cure. While I am hesitant to jump on bandwagons, I am a huge fan of this stuff. It’s been around forever and has crazy bacteria-fighting powers. Raw local honey is included in this tea for sweetness and for its nutrient-dense goodness. Raw honey has an anti-viral effect, strengthens the immune system and is full of antioxidants. When I have fresh ginger around, I grate some into the mix because it helps clear nasal and throat congestion, it’s got anti-inflammatory properties, and it helps the body with absorbing and assimilating nutrients (not to mention how irreplaceable it is as a nausea fighter).

The secret ingredient? A couple of baby seeds of this plant right here:

wpid-20140331_184945.jpgAllium sativum – perhaps my favorite ingredient of all (out of all ingredients, anywhere), its street name is garlic.


It’s the king of the kitchen! He who doesn’t appreciate garlic doesn’t deserve to live…  needs tastebud therapy… is bad…  It turns out there’s no solid end to that sentence, but the point is: eat garlic. Garlic increases the health of your circulatory and respiratory systems, it is anti-fungal, anti-viral and anti-bacterial, it boosts your immune system, and it tastes delicious on pizza! What’s not to love?

Therefore, a clove or two of smashed garlic lends itself beautifully to the magic healing potion that is my secret-ingredient tea. It’s more simply known in our household as garlic tea and has been known to severely shorten the length of the colds and viruses that every so often find their way in. Drink it when you feel you may be coming down with something, when you definitely have something, and while you’re getting over something. You’ll certainly smell like lasagna, but I find it to be delicious and so completely worth the letdown when people realize I am not about to serve them lasagna.

Put the following ingredients in a large mug:

-1-2 T raw apple cider vinegar (the raw part is important)

-Raw honey to taste (“”)

-1-2 fresh garlic cloves, smashed with the bottom of the mug to release some of the juices

-Fresh ginger, grated (optional)

Nearly boil some water and pour it into the mug. Cover it and let steep for at least five minutes (a good practice for any herbal/medicinal tea). Drink up and brush your teeth before going out!


This entry was published on April 1, 2014 at 3:51 am and is filed under Collection. Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

One thought on “Secret-ingredient tea for what ails you

  1. Cheryl on said:

    Hi Mal!
    Love your blog. Uncle Steve has been a HUGE garlic fan for many years. I’ll be looking for raw apple cider and raw honey – can’t wait to try the tea.
    Love you!
    Aunt Cheryl


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