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Sick Day Tea + Soup Recipes


It’s flu season and everyone is getting sick! I just recently recovered from 3 weeks of torture in bed, then the hospital, and then in bed again.  It was definitely not fun but I’m glad I’m feeling better and more like my happy self again. I made a video of my sick day routine (HERE) to help you just feel more relaxed if you’re going through the same thing. Below I’m also going to list my favorite tea and soup recipe.



Citrus Ginger Tea Recipe

Lemon is loaded with vitamin C/B6/A/E, and has detoxifying elements and many other nourishing elements.

Ginger aids with many stomach problems like indigestion and nausea.

Honey is a great natural sweetener with anti-inflamatory and anti-bacterial properties and is also soothing for sore throats.

Cough Tea

I like to make myself a jar of this amazing concoction. By doing so, you can easily make yourself a few cups of this relaxing tea.

For 3-6 servings: Start by pouring 4 tablespoons of honey into a jar. Chop up a half or whole (depending what you like) of a lemon into bit size pieces. Then chop up about a thumb size piece of ginger into slices.  Add the lemon and ginger into the jar and mix it well. You can leave this in your fridge for up to a week.

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When you want to make the tea, start by heating 1 1/2 cup of water. Turn the heat to low, then add one tablespoon of your tea mix into the water. Don’t add the tea mixture into water that is above 150 degrees Fahrenheit as it will kill off the good enzymes in the honey.  Let the tea steep under a lid and then pour it into your mug.  This tea can taste super bitter from the lemon skin. I personally like that but if you don’t, then remove the lemon skin in the preparation stage.


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Mama Ann’s Tom Yum Soup Recipe

I love anything hot and tangy especially when I’m sick with a sore throat or a nauseated stomach. This Tom Yum soup doesn’t require fish stock, shrimp paste or anything animal related. When I’m sick, I like to be on a plant based diet as it’s more fresh and clean.

For the veggies you can use anything you like. I feel that the best way to enjoy this is with:

  • carrots
  • mushroom
  • tomatoes
  • broccoli
  • chopped lemongrass (optional)
  • teaspoon of fresh ginger

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Soup Base:

  • 1 tablespoon Miso
  • a dash of salt
  • 1 tablespoon mushroom seasoning (HERE)
  • 1-2 tablespoons Tamarind (This is usually available at Asian or Ethic Super Market.
  • If you can’t find Tamarind, try 1-2 limes and 1-2 tablespoon sugar (the measurements should varies depending on your preference, play around with it)

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In a pot of hot boiling water (4-5 cups), add in your veggies. Once the veggies looked cooked enough for your preference, turn down the heat to low. Finally, add in you miso and stir everything together.  You don’t want to add miso to boiling water as it ban kill all the enzymes in the paste. Finally, enjoy!

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Feel better soon and remember to get lots of rest!