With the cold weather, unfortunately, comes all kinds of sickies – the sniffles, the coughs and, if you’re real unlucky, the flu. And with the exorbitant costs of health care (Check out our dental care damage here) in the US, “Bawal magkasakit” is the mantra of everyone living here.
Hence, prevention is key. And one of the best preventive measures I’ve discovered back when I was in Dubai, is magic tea.
Well, I used to easily purchase packets of Sri Lankan Ayuvedric Samahan tea at our neighborhood small grocers. But now that I cannot seem to find any Samahan tea at our Asian supermarkets. Believe me, I have tried and searched far and wide in all sorts of Asian markets – the East Asian kind, the South Asian kind and the Middle Eastern kind, to no success. So I decided to reverse engineer this magic tea.
I researched and I think I finally nailed it with the help of my Chef sister, who taught me how to make fermented fruit syrups.
- 1 Lemon / lime / calamansi, sliced
- 1 stalk of Lemongrass, chopped and smashed
- 1 small, thumb sized ginger knob, sliced and smashed
- 1 small, thumb sized fresh turmeric. sliced and smashed
- Brown sugar
- Green / black tea
- Ground black pepper
- Empty, clean glass jar/s
- Square piece of cotton cloth or stockings
- Rubber band
- Kettle for hot water
1. Layer the following in the empty jar:
- citrus fruit (yes, including the rind)
2. Pack the jar with more sugar until it has no space.
3. Cover the jar with piece of cloth and seal with rubber band
4. Place in cold corner of kitchen and leave alone for 1-2 weeks until sugar granules turn into a syrup. Optional: you can place the syrup in the refrigerator once the fermentation time is over.
5. Boil water in kettle and pour some in your favorite mug.
6. Seep your favorite tea bag for 2-3 minutes then add 4-6 teaspoons of the fermented syrup. Mix and then remove tea bag.
7. Add a dash of ground black pepper then mix again.
I actually just downed a mug of my magic tea because I am feeling a bit under the weather.
Before the onset of the fall-winter season, I made sure I have a couple of bottles of the syrup prepared because it really is helpful as a preventative measure to those nasties. I drink 1-2 cups a day whenever I feel I am coming down with something. And somehow that ugly feelings disappear like magic!
I love how the sweet, citrusy heat goes down your throat and just permeates your chest area. So perfect when you’re feeling stuffy in your sinuses, nose and lungs. And the bonus is that it is all-natural!