Monday, August 12, 2013
Recipe: Lemon, Garlic, Ginger, and Honey Tea
When cough, sore throat, cold/flu kicks in, I try to treat it naturally and avoid over-the-counter medicines. We boost our immune system mainly through eating healthy, but the occasional cough, sore throat, and cold/flu is inevitable and the first thing I make to ease the symptoms is by drinking ginger tea, which is water sweetened with honey or palm sugar (a natural sweetener) with tons of fresh grated ginger. When I feel a more persistent one coming, I add lemon and garlic to it for their amazing healing properties:
Ginger warms the body, speeds up circulation, and helps to decongest.
Lemon balances the body's pH, thins mucus, and make the body less hospitable to viruses and bacteria.
Garlic in itself is a powerful herb to fight infections. It is an effective decongestants and contains antioxidant flavanoids and has anti-inflammatory and antibiotic properties.
Raw honey is antiviral and antibacterial, which helps the immune system fight infection.
So this is how you can make your own lemon, garlic, ginger, and honey tea at home.
5-8 cloves of garlic, crushed and peeled
1/4 - 1 tsp of grated fresh ginger (start little if you are not used to taking raw ginger)
2 cups of water
Boil 2 cups of water. Put in garlic and ginger and let it sit in boiled water for 10-15 minutes. Add the juice from one lemon. Add honey to taste.
Drink it throughout the day. Best when served warm. You can put it in a thermos to keep warm.
Try making homemade vapor rub for external application to warm the body and relieve congestion naturally.
Disclaimer: Although I am passionate about healthy and natural living, I am not a certified or a licensed medical practitioner who can counsel anyone in medical issues and cannot be held responsible for any decision you make regarding your health. What I am sharing are what I have learned and applied to my family but may not necessarily work for yours. My only hope is that this blog may encourage you to learn more about healthy and natural living which will hopefully help you as you make decisions for your own family.
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