At the moment that I’m writing this, I have a bit of a scratchy throat. My voice has already checked out a couple of times. My nose is runny.
It seems as though I’m getting a cold. Womp. Womp.
But instead of crying about it, I decided to make something for it: Lemon & Ginger Tea. The truth is that I’ve been drinking this first thing every morning for weeks. It’s super yummy. Feels good in your tummy and gets things moving if ya know what I mean. It also helps to protect against cold and flu.
I’ve taken this when I’ve felt a sore throat coming on and the next day it’s gone. It’s truly a miracle maker!
First let’s get into the details of why this works:
- Lemon juice contains 31% per 1/4 cup of the daily recommendation of vitamin C.
- Contains antioxidants and anti-cancer properties
- Helps to soothe gastrointestinal distress
- Contains very potent anti-inflammatory compounds
- Contains B vitamins, amino acids, and vitamin C.
- Helps to heal wounds
- It’s antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antifungal, and antiviral
- Plus it tastes darn good!
Here are the details of this yummy concoction:
Lemon + Ginger Tea | Cold & Flu Fighter
- 1 cup Boiled water
- 1 quarter of a lemon
- 1 tsp raw honey it really should be raw honey for the full effect
- A few grates of ginger
- A dash of cayenne
- Pour the boiled water in the cup, but leave a bit of room at the top. I then add some room temp water.
- Squeeze in the lemon juice.
- Add the honey and stir.
- Grate some ginger into the cup with a microplane.
- Shake a bit of cayenne on the top.
- Stir and sip!
Raw honey hasn’t been processed and heated which means it keeps its beneficial bacterial properties. Honey that has been pasteurized doesn’t offer much in terms of health benefits and many times doesn’t always contain real honey (some studies have found corn syrup).
I once read that the beneficial properties of lemon juice diminish in super hot water.
Tip: Wait! Before you go, I have a little tip about ginger and I’m going to tell you it’s life-changing if you like having real ginger in the house.
Did you know you could freeze it? I learned about this from an episode of Best Recipes Ever and I haven’t looked back since. You can freeze the whole thing and then just grate it when you need it and throw it back into the freezer. Amazing.
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