Fall – and flu season – are upon us, whether you are experiencing those crisp autumn nights in your neck of the woods just yet or not. That means that we can all do with a little pick me up for the immune system. Lemon and honey tea is a classic Korean remedy for colds, flu, and sore throat, and we’re adding ginger to spice up the mix – literally.
The three ingredients, taken together, make for a nutritional powerhouse. Lemons, as we know, can do so much for you, including helping to flush out kidneys due to their high concentration of potassium. Vitamin C is a known immune booster, which helps you fight off infection in the first place.
Here’s a recipe for Lemon, Ginger & Honey Tea and some more ideas on how to use the power of lemons to keep you healthy and make you feel better when a cold or flu does come along.
Lemon, Ginger & Honey Tea/Tonic
Honey is another antioxidant rich food, and ginger is known to benefit digestive health, along with helping to ease the edge of a sore throat and cough. It’s also delicious!
Honey (raw is best)
Fresh Ginger Root
The amount you will use depends on the size of your jar. You should have enough lemons and ginger to fill the jar, then enough honey to cover the entire mixture.
- First, slice the lemons thinly, and remove any seeds. Leave the peel on!
- Cut ginger root into small, thin slices.
- Add a little honey to the bottom of the jar first.
- Add a thin layer of lemon slices.
- Add a couple of pieces of ginger root.
- Pour in enough honey to cover.
- Repeat until the jar is full, ending with a thick layer of honey.
- Add a piece of plastic wrap between the metal lid and jar, and twist it shut.
- Leave in a cool, dark place for about two weeks. What will happen is that the lemon and ginger will begin to disintegrate into the honey.
- One tablespoonful is all you will need for a cup of hot water.
- Simply add the tea mixture to hot water and stir.
Lemon & Onion Boil for Chest Congestion
We can’t promise that this one is tasty, but it’s an old home recipe that works.
1 lemon, chopped into pieces
1 pint water
- Add all the ingredients to a pot and bring to a rolling boil for about ten minutes.
- Once cooled enough to drink, take about 1 cup a few times a day to help break up chest congestion.