Editor’s Note: Were you one of the lucky few who enjoyed the holidays without getting sick? Lots of people I spoke to spent it in bed nursing themselves back to health. Be prepared for the cold season with today’s post as guest blogger, Jakob Barry, shares a home remedy with us.
With the arrival of winter comes the return of the common cold. It’s not like you can’t catch a cold during any other season but there’s something about wintertime that draws attention to viral infections. Colder weather can also bring increased moisture which lays the groundwork for mold and mildew sensitivities but reducing household allergens is one thing; dealing with an uncomfortable stuffy nose is another.
That’s where the simple home remedy of honey, lemon and ginger tea comes in.
Aside from over the counter drugs that cause drowsiness and dehydration, the main thing doctors generally prescribe for cold-like symptoms is drinking lots of fluids. The combination of honey, lemon and ginger boosts the immune system, hydrates and provides that extra energy to fulfill your daily responsibilities.
Looking at each, their individual health benefits include the following:
- Honey. For several thousand years people have been using honey for ailments including coughs and sore throats. A natural energy booster, it improves the digestive system, fights disease, kills certain bacteria that cause infection and, in many cases, using local honey helps avert local pollen allergies.
- Lemon. It’s high in vitamin C, an antioxidant and used in the following: treatment of throat infections and indigestion, to strengthen the immune system, to purify blood and it reduces body temperature, which is why lemonade keeps you cool on a hot day.
- Ginger. It aids the following: unsettled stomachs, minimizes the symptoms of respiratory conditions, colds and allergies. Often included in many herbal decongestants it also helps with nausea, circulation and arthritis. Ginger has long been used as a natural treatment for colds and the flu.
In essence, combining the three provides instant relief to a person suffering from symptoms associated with colds and allergies. And though store bought tea bags may be available and are helpful, they are no substitute for the real thing so here’s how to make it:
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- 1 tbsp honey
- 1/2 fresh lemon
- 3 inch piece of ginger
- 2 cups water
- Prepare a mug. I like to use a large one that fills two cups.
- The honey: Scoop out a tablespoon and place it in the mug.
- The lemon: Take half a lemon and squeeze it getting as much of the juice out as possible. Pour the juice in the mug. Feel free to toss in the leftover lemon skin but make sure you wash it well. Ideally you want to use organic lemons when using the skin.
- The ginger: Cut a small chunk off the main piece about three quarters of an inch. Peel and mince it. If you buy organic you can leave the skin on. When finished put it in the mug.
- Boil water and pour it in the mug.
- Stir and let it sit for a few minutes.
- Take a sip and see what you think. If it tastes too lemony, add honey. If you can’t taste the ginger, add more.
Using powdered ginger is also an option. Remember: The amount of each ingredient depends on how strong you want and need the potion. The most important thing is to get a balance that is good for you.
Experiment and feel great!
About the Author
Jakob Barry writes for Networx.com, a growing community of users sharing home improvement projects and monitoring new ones in real time allowing homeowners and contractors to get the most from their resources. He covers various home improvement topics, including green lighting ideas, electrical accidents and home safety awareness.
Mmm… I’m (almost) looking forward to getting sick now! lol Here are some more natural cold remedies for you to check out. Do you have any home remedies for colds and flus that you’d like to share with us?