I have a terrible respiratory infection right now. My mother is starting her chemotherapy for breast cancer soon and I can’t be around her until I am better. This is particularly painful. I am on several medications, but few things truly relieve my sore throat like a steaming cup of strong black tea.
I awoke at 4:30am unable to swallow. Upon trying it felt like I was forcing down razor-sharp slivers of glass. I needed something strong and comforting.
I put the electric kettle on and put in a hefty amount of Earl Grey; the strongest dose I’ve had to date. I poured the just boiling into my cast iron teapot and gently slid in the mesh. The result was a super-strong, ebony, and highly perfumed cup of tea. I am now on my third cup, my throat is feeling significantly better, and my sinuses have cleared up quite a bit. I think the re-steep on this will also be very strong considering how many leaves I used.