Cinnamon Tea for Soothing Sore Throats
Recently I had the good fortune to view the inside of Rosalee de la Forêt’s upcoming book, Alchemy of Herbs.
As expected, it’s absolutely wonderful, filled with all sorts of helpful herbal information and beautiful photos.
This is definitely a volume for your home library that you’ll refer to time and time again!
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I’m so excited to be able to share a recipe directly from the book today, for a lovely cinnamon tea that helps soothe sore throats.
We go through a lot of Throat Coat tea each winter due to the extra dry air, along with the occasional cold and sore throat bugs that comes through our house.
I was especially intrigued to find Rosalee’s version of our favorite tea in her book. I made up a batch to try out and we all agree it’s quite delicious, especially with a bit of honey.
Cinnamon Tea for Soothing Sore Throats
excerpted with permission from Alchemy of Herbs: Transform Everyday Ingredients into Foods and Remedies that Heal, by Rosalee de la Forêt (Hay House, 2017)
This recipe was inspired by one of my favorite bagged teas, Throat Coat by Traditional Medicinals. There were many years I was never without a box; I thought there was nothing better for soothing a sore throat.
Now, I keep these ingredients on hand for a similar-tasting but stronger brew that is also cheaper to make.
I use it whenever I have a painful throat, whether from an illness or from a long day of teaching. I recommend making up a large batch and keeping it in a thermos. That way you can sip it hot throughout the day.
This tea contains slippery elm bark, and populations of this tree have been challenged by disease and habitat loss. Buy only sustainably harvested slippery elm bark, and if you can’t find an ethical source for slippery elm, then omit it from the recipe and increase the marshmallow root.
Because many of the herbs in this recipe are oddly shaped, it’s best to measure these by weight rather than volume.
Yield: approximately 1 1/2 cups (1 serving)
- 10 grams dried slippery elm bark (I used more marshmallow root instead)
- 10 grams dried marshmallow root
- 8 grams dried cinnamon chips (or 1 1/2 whole cinnamon quills broken into small pieces)
- 5 grams dried orange peel*
- 3 whole cloves
- honey, to taste (optional)
1. Simmer all the ingredients with 3 cups of water for 20 minutes. Strain off the herbs. Add honey if desired.
2. Sip as needed throughout the day. Drink within 36 hours.
*Store-bought dried orange peel comes in small, uniform pieces. If you make your own, be sure to mince the orange peels finely before drying them, as they are difficult to cut once dried.
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So wonderful to have found your site and all your fabulous information! I am relatively new to making my own herbal lotions as we are relatively new to the country (in France) and we are having a great time learning. (and researching)
I came across your post on violet balm/salve/oil and as it is the season, I will definitely be trying this.
Love your site and I look forward to more reading. PS: Adore your header artwork. Did you do this yourself?
Hi Alycea! I’m glad you enjoy the site! I hope you like the violet balm recipe too – violets are so much fun to work with!
I did do that header artwork many years ago, though I’ve been thinking lately that it’s time for an updated site soon. Thanks for the compliment! :)
What do you think about licorice root for this instead of slippery elm?
Hi Jill! I think that’s a great idea! The original tea that inspired the recipe has licorice root in it as well and I had the same thought about substituting it, only was out of licorice root to test the idea out. I would definitely give it a try though!
Hello, I was wondering if I could also add horehound to this recipe?
Going to make this today and see how everyone likes it.
Thanks for the great recipes.
Hi Katy, That sounds like a great addition! :)
Just a suggestion with regard to cutting dried orange peel… it can be done easily by using your kitchen shears , rather than using a knife. Thanks for your lovely recipes.
Hi Gii, Thanks for sharing such a great tip with us! :)
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