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A Simple Ginger Tea For A Sick Mum

A Simple Ginger Tea For A Sick Mum

This is Part Ten of a weekly series called Self Care Sundays #selfcaresundays. Each week I will be posting a different way you can incorporate self care into your life as a mother or parent. Self care is an ESSENTIAL part of motherhood, though for so many of us, it is something that falls by the wayside behind the needs of those around us. Time for a change, ladies! You deserve love. You deserve time for yourself. It will make you the mum that you know you can be. 

Is there anything worse than trying to parent when you’re sick?

All you want is for someone to come and take your children away, tuck you into bed, put on Netflix for you and make you a hot cup of tea. Am I right? Yet what often ends up happening is our kids get sick too, childcare gets cancelled, play dates are a no go until you’re out of quarantine and you’re left to fend for yourself through a haze of snot and a mountain of dirty tissues. Fun times. There is one little remedy both hubby and I go to as soon as we start to feel a cold coming on and it seems to work a treat to help clear our heads and make the cold not last as long. A simple ginger tea for a sick mum.

I know how crazy hard it can be to find time for yourself on a good day let alone when you and your little ones are under the weather. But this is the time when self care because THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IN THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD. Sorry to yell but I feel really strongly about this one.

You may have noticed there wasn’t a Self Care Sunday post last week. Want to know why? I was sick. My kids were sick. Hubby was just getting over being sick. Our medicine box was getting a work out, we ran out of smelly oils and we were buying garlic, ginger and lemons by the truck load.

I went into self care mode.

Lock down.

What were the things that HAD to get done? What could wait? What shortcuts could I take?

What food did we have that could be reheated or was super simple to prepare?

Did we have enough tissues?

On Monday I managed to get us all out of the house to do the grocery shopping and that totally wiped me out. I spent the afternoon under a blanket on the couch whilst teaching the kids how to turn on Sesame Street for the 10th time in a row.

Tuesday I can’t even remember.

And by the end of the week I had called in sick both days to work.

Being sick sucks!!

BUT something that I looked forward to amongst the snot and the sinus pain was my simple ginger tea.

This tea takes a moment to make and will get stronger the longer it sits there. Make sure to leave all the lemon and ginger in there to soak and you can even just top up with more hot water when you’ve finished.

While you’re enjoying your hot cuppa, you might want to read 10 Things To Do When You Don’t Want To Parent. 

A simple ginger tea can make everything feel so much better when you're sick and trying to parent. Make this warming and soothing tea in a moment and help make yourself better.


A Simple Ginger Tea For A Sick Mum
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The perfect simple remedy to get over a cold.
Recipe type: Drinks
Cuisine: Tea
Serves: 1 serve
  • 5 thin slices of ginger
  • 1 wedge of lemon
  • ½ teaspoon honey
  • 1 cup of boiling water
  1. Place all ingredients in mug.
  2. Stir to combine,
  3. Let sit for a few minutes and start drinking when able.
  4. The tea will become more strong the longer it sits.


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A simple ginger tea can make everything feel so much better when you're sick and trying to parent. Make this warming and soothing tea in a moment and help make yourself better.


  1. Shari from GoodFoodWeek

    May 16, 2017 at 3:06 pm

    I needed this right now. I woke up this morning with a fever of over 40 and thought okay, I thought that I had a cold for about a week, but this is bad. And when I opened my mouth to the doctor she said ‘goodness’ which is never good and told me that I had the worst case of tonsilitis that she’d seen and middle ear on top of that. WE make the exact same tea when we are sick and our boys also drink it. I tried to leave a comment on your new book post but it wouldn’t let me, so I just wanted to say ‘congratulations’ and thanks for linking up with the Ultimate Rabbit Hole xox

    1. Ruth

      May 23, 2017 at 2:46 pm

      Oh Shari! I hope you’re feeling better by now 🙁 it’s so hard to parent while you are sick. Sending you many cups of ginger tea xxx

  2. Hena Jose

    May 29, 2017 at 10:02 pm

    I completely agree that there is nothing difficult than caring for self with kids aroung and house chores. Ginger tea looks to be a good option. Would try.

    1. Ruth

      June 10, 2017 at 9:28 pm

      Thanks Hena xx

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