It is this time of the year again, when cold and flu attack with their full power. And while we try to fight it as much as we can, I would like to share this all-natural remedy from cold and flu with you. The honey, lemon and ginger mixture.
What’s good about Honey:
Raw honey soothes a sore throat, making it an effective and natural cough suppressant. This improves the body’s ability to fight infection and decreases the risk of fevers. The natural sweetness of honey also balances the tartness of the lemon and the ginger’s spice, giving honey, lemon and ginger tea its soothing flavor.
- Cough. Taking a small amount of honey at bedtime appears to reduce the number of coughing spells in children age 2 and older. Honey appears to be at least as effective as the cough suppressant dextromethorphan in typical over-the-counter doses. Some researchers think the sweet taste of honey triggers salivation. This, in turn, promotes secretion of mucus, which wets the airway and calms the cough.
- Burns. Applying honey preparations directly to burns seems to improve healing.
- Diabetes. Some evidence suggests that taking honey daily results in small decreases in blood sugar, cholesterol levels, and weight in people with diabetes.
- Sore mouth due to radiation treatment (mucositis). Results from clinical studies suggest that honey reduces the risk of developing mouth sores from radiation treatment. Other research shows that taking 20 mL of honey or applying honey gauze (HoneySoft) reduces the seriousness of mouth sores, painful swallowing, and weight loss associated with radiation therapy for head and neck cancers.
- Wound healing. Applying honey preparations directly to wounds or using dressings containing honey seems to improve healing. Several small studies describe the use of honey or honey-soaked dressings for various types of wounds, including wounds after surgery, chronic leg ulcers, abscesses, burns, abrasions, cuts, and places where skin was taken for grafting. Honey seems to reduce odors and pus, help clean the wound, reduce infection, reduce pain, and decrease time to healing. In some reports, wounds healed with honey after other treatments failed to work.
What’s good about Lemon:
Honey is high in vitamin C, which keeps the immune system strong and neutralizes the free radicals in your body. This reduced the inflammation and swelling.
- Lemons are alkalizing for the body: Lemons are acidic to begin with but they are alkaline-forming on body fluids helping to restore balance to the body’s pH.
- Lemons are rich in vitamin C and flavonoids that work against infections like the flu and colds.
- Meniere’s disease. There are some reports that a chemical in lemon called eriodictyol glycoside might improve hearing and decrease dizziness, nausea, and vomiting in some people with Meniere’s disease.
- Kidney stones. Not having enough citrate in the urine seems to increase the risk of developing kidney stones. There is some evidence that drinking 2 liters of lemonade throughout the day can significantly raise citrate levels in the urine. This might help to prevent kidney stones in these people.
- Treating scurvy. Scurvy is a condition caused by a lack of vitamin C. Lemon can provide some missing vitamin C.
- Decreasing swelling.
- Increasing urine.
What’s good about Ginger:
Ginger helps you sweat out the toxins in your body, which is helpful when you have a cold or flu. Ginger is also helpful for settling upset stomachs, dizziness, nausea, vomiting and cold sweats.
- Nausea and vomiting caused by HIV/AIDS treatment. Research suggests that taking ginger daily, 30 minutes before each dose of antiretroviral treatment for 14 days, reduces the risk of nausea and vomiting in patients receiving HIV treatment.
- Painful menstrual periods. Some research shows that taking 1500 mg of ginger in three divided doses daily for the first three days of menstrual periods can reduce menstrual pain severity and other symptoms. Another study shows that taking a specific ginger extract (Zintoma, Goldaru) 250 mg four times daily for 3 days at the beginning of the menstrual period reduces pain symptoms in as many as 62% of people. It seems to work about as well as the medications ibuprofen or mefenamic acid.
- Morning sickness. Taking ginger by mouth seems to reduce nausea and vomiting in some pregnant women. But it might work slower or not as well as some drugs used for nausea. Also, taking any herb or medication during pregnancy is a big decision. Before taking ginger, be sure to discuss the possible risks with your healthcare provider.
- Osteoarthritis. Some research shows that taking ginger can modestly reduce pain in some people with a form of arthritis called “osteoarthritis.” One study shows that taking 250 mg of a specific ginger extract (Zintona EC) four times daily reduces arthritis pain in the knee after 3 months of treatment. Another study shows that using a different ginger extract (Eurovita Extract 77; EV ext-77), which combines a ginger with alpinia, also reduces pain upon standing, pain after walking, and stiffness. Some research has compared ginger to medications such as ibuprofen. In one study, a specific ginger extract (Eurovita Extract 33; EV ext-33) did not reduce arthritis pain as well as taking 400 mg of ibuprofen three times daily. But in another study, taking 500 mg of ginger extract twice daily worked about as well as 400 mg of ibuprofen three times daily for hip and knee pain related to arthritis. In another study, a specific ginger extract combined with glucosamine (Zinaxin glucosamine, EV ext-35) worked as well as the anti-inflammatory medication diclofenac slow release (100 mg daily) plus glucosamine sulfate (1 gram daily). Research also suggests that massage therapy using an oil containing ginger and orange seems to reduce short-term stiffness and pain in people with knee pain.
- Nausea and vomiting following surgery. Most clinical research shows that taking 1 to 1.5 gram of ginger one hour before surgery seems to reduce nausea and vomiting during the first 24 hours after surgery. One study found ginger reduced nausea and vomiting by 38%. Also, applying 5% ginger oil to patients’ wrists before surgery seems to prevent nausea in about 80% of patients. However, taking ginger by mouth might not reduce nausea and vomiting in the period 3-6 hours after surgery. Also, ginger might not have additive effects when used with medications for nausea and vomiting. In addition, ginger might not lower the risk of nausea and vomiting after surgery in people who have a low risk for this event.
- Dizziness (vertigo). Taking ginger seems to reduce the symptoms of dizziness, including nausea .
- Weight loss. Research suggests that taking a supplement containing ginger, rhubarb, astragalus, red sage, turmeric, and gallic acid (Number Ten) daily for 8 weeks does not increase weight loss or reduce body weight in people who are overweight. But other research suggests that taking a combination supplement (Prograde Metabolism) containing ginger and other ingredients twice daily for 8 weeks reduce body weight, fat mass, waist circumference and hip circumference, when used along with dieting. But it’s not clear if ginger is the cause for the weight loss.
- Bacterial infection of the intestine (Cholera).
- Discontinuing use of drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs).
- Loss of appetite.
- Colds and Flu
So if we mix it all together – we will get an excellent, all-natural cold and flu remedy. Just remember, that honey should always be raw and local.
Raw, local honey also contains a blend of local pollen, which can strengthen your immune system, and reduce pollen allergy symptoms.
When honey is removed from the hive, it needs to be strained to remove parts of bee bodies and pieces of wax. If a coarse strainer is used without heating, then the honey will contain the pollen that was present in the original honey from the local area. If this local honey is ingested regularly, it can reduce pollen allergy symptoms in humans.
Almost all honeys on the market are pasteurized in high heat and filtered, removing many of the beneficial nutrients and enzymes. Raw honey is collected by a beekeeper directly from the honey extractor.Raw honey is unheated, unpasteurized, unprocessed and unfiltered honey with amazing health benefits. Raw honey helps detoxify and cleanse the body; it supplies amino acids and vitamins for a higher energy level and better performance.
Since we discussed the whole list of benefits of chosen ingredients, lets start talking about the making of the remedy.
You will need:
- A jar with a lid ( 500 ml)
- 1 big fresh ( preferably) organic lemon
- 500 gr raw honey
After washing the jar and drying it cut the lemon and grate the ginger. I like my lemon sliced in small cubes and my ginger grated into the honey. I’ve seen people cutting big pieces of lemon and ginger – it doesn’t really matter, the choice is yours.
I have a more solid honey, so I needed a spoon to put the honey into the jar. If your honey is liquid, then just pour it in. Since my honey is more solid I had to do it in layers. Lemon + ginger with honey on top. Then I mixed it up and did another layer of lemon + ginger with a layer of honey on top. And mixed it all up at the end. If you have solid honey just like mine – do not worry, it will become liquid due to the lemon juice and ginger.
Some people say it turns into jelly after few days, well, it never happened to me. Maybe you will have more luck than me.
This is how it looked after I mixed it all up.
And its done. You can eat it right away. Just add 1-2 teaspoons of honey into your favorite cup of tea, or you can eat it just like that. I prefer to let mine sit in the fridge a day or two before I eat it, so it gets all flavored up and liquefied. You can keep it in the fridge for couple weeks.
Aaand I think Mr. Elf agrees with me 🙂