I've been making this magical cure-all tea for a couple of years now. My aunt told me that my grandmother ("Teta" in Arabic) used to make it whenever one of her (10!) children were sick. Now, I make it for myself and for my friends and family whenever the opportunity arises. It's tart, sweet, with a little bitterness. The whole lemon helps kill bacteria, oregano has antibacterial and anti fungal properties, raw honey soothes and coats the throat, and cumin helps ease an upset stomach. I sometimes even add a tiny pinch of grey sea salt for some extra minerals,
-1 whole organic lemon
-1 bundle oregano
-1/4 c raw honey
-16 oz water
-1/2 TB cumin seeds (optional)
1. Slice lemon into 8 chunks and place in an ibrik or a small saucepan. Add cumin seeds (if using) and cover with 16oz water.
2. Bring to a boil, then lower heat to medium-low, pour in honey, stir, and allow to simmer for 10 minutes. This may seem like a long time, but it's just enough to get the most of the lemon, rind and all. The honey helps reduce the tea into an almost syrupy consistency.
3. Remove from heat and pour into a mug. I like to crunch on the cumin seeds, but you can strain your tea if you prefer. Put oregano into the hot tea and allow to steep for a couple of minutes.
4. Drink while still hot! Leftover tea can be refrigerated for up to two days.
I made this for myself today and it was the perfect pick me up on a cold & dreary Ohio day. Make it yourself and see; you'll be smiling into your mug.