Drink this special bougainvillea tea at the first sign of a tickle in your throat and you won’t regret it. It's an essential home remedy for fighting colds, flu, and chest congestion.
12 ounces boiling water
a large handful of clean flowers removed from the vine, pistil and stamen removed (about 12-14 should suffice)
2-3 key limes, juiced
1/2 teaspoon of honey, or more to taste (local honey if possible, adding in increments of 1/2 teaspoon at a time)
optional: Mexican cinnamon stick
To clean the flowers: Make sure you remove the pistil and stamen, rinse the flowers, and gently pat dry before you stew them in boiling water to make tea.
Bring water to a boil in a saucepan and add clean, dry flowers. Boil gently until the tea has turned bright pink, then strain the flowers out and pour tea into a mug.
Add the juice of one key lime and a half teaspoon of honey to the mug and stir well to incorporate. The tea should look slightly cloudy with the addition of the lime and honey. Add more of each to taste if you like.
If using the Mexican cinnamon stick, add it while the water is boiling, and remove it when you strain the flowers out.
Recipe by The Other Side of the Tortilla at https://theothersideofthetortilla.com/2018/02/te-de-bugambilia/