After lunch I took the kids out for a little exploring in our neighborhood. The weather has been amazing here, with temperatures in the 60s, and we've been outside a lot for January. While I'm walking I breathe in the warm air trying to sense every detail of its layers. Earth. Grass. Leaves. Wet mossy rocks. Skunk. Yes, skunk.
The comfort of a little sunshine and fresh air, splashes of rocks in the creek, and golden light highlighting moments framed by tree boughs helps a lot. Then a warm drink, a little quiet, and finally a soft blanket will help to ease the rest. Exploring, nourishing, and soaking in.
This little drink that I threw together is so warming and felt good on my scratchy throat. It is definitely a repeater!
Spiced Scratchy Throat Elixer
- Whole spices of choice (I used 1 cinnamon stick, 3 green cardamom pods, and 3 cloves)
- 1 1/2 cups of water
- Juice of 1/2 a lemon
- Dash of cayenne pepper
- Honey or agave nectar, to taste (about 1 tablespoon)
- Heat the water and the whole spices to a simmer in a small pot and cook for about 10 minutes. Note: You can also toast the spices a bit in a dry pan before adding the water, but it isn't necessary.
- Juice 1/2 of a lemon into a mug then add a dash of cayenne, and honey (or agave) to taste. Strain and pour the water into the mug and stir well.