The Cold Buster – Anti-Inflammatory Concentrate

Hooray, it’s cold season! I am sneezing, sniffling and my whole body is sore. The sore body isn’t unusual, I have a syndrome called fibromyalgia that means I’m often sore. The sneezing and sniffling, I attribute to the common cold.


No stupid cold is going to keep me from posting to my blog. I decided to turn lemons into lemonade…hot lemonade.

First, I want to mention that this beverage is more medicinal than it is delicious. You can adjust the sweetness by adding more or less honey (or maple syrup if you prefer), but there will always be some bitter notes. Alas, we are not drinking this for pleasure, it’s supposed to be soothing and the turmeric has anti-inflammatory properties.


The recipe makes a concentrate that you can mix with hot water. I find this much more convenient than brewing up a fresh batch every time I need a cup. It’s a bit like a homemade NeoCitran (or homemade Theraflu); without the pharmaceutical ingredients. Of course, I love my precious NeoCitran before bed when I’m sick but that stuff will knock you out.

If you need a non-drowsy, non-pharmaceutical, cold buster; give this a try!


The Cold Buster

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 cups


  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 2 herbal tea bags
  • 1 inch peeled ginger
  • 1 whole peeled lemon
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper


  1. Steep the tea bags in the boiled water for 15 minutes.
  2. Remove the tea bags and pour the water in to your high-speed blender.
  3. Add the remaining ingredients and mix on high speed for 2-3 minutes until smooth.
  4. This mixture is a concentrate.
  5. To serve, mix equal parts hot water with concentrate.
  6. Sweeten to taste with additional honey.

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