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Don't let cold and flu season knock you for a loop.  Stock up on this home cold & flu remedy before the cold weather sets in.  It's even delicious when you're feeling great! 

For a long time, honey, ginger, and lemon have been recognized for their homeopathic properties.  When combined, they make a knock-out remedy against a myriad of ailments.  This elixer will relieve many of the symptoms that accompany flu, cold, infection and inflammation.  Just check out some of the natural properties of these ingredients:


Honey: antibacterial, antioxidant, antitumor, anti-inflammatory, and antiviral

Ginger: antiviral, anti-inflammatory, aids digestion,  effective against human respiratory syncytial virus

Lemon: antiseptic, aids digestion, great source of calcium, magnesium, vitamin C, bioflavonoids


So you can see how combining these elements will create a tasty treat that will relieve your aches, pains, indigestion, and even help you breathe a little better.


Ingredients: 
  • Fresh lemon
  • Fresh ginger
  • Raw honey*

Directions:
  • Slice lemon into quarters and pack into jar
  • Grate ginger, and add to lemon (the amount is up to you - the more the better, I say!)
  • While stirring, fill jar with honey

To Use:
  • Add 1 tablespoon (or more to taste) to hot water and stir


This also makes a great holiday or house warming gift!  Just add a label with directions and the use-by date.  Jar can be stored in the frige for up to 3 months.

And for a portable version, make your own cough drops

* Please note: honey is not intended for use by children under 12 months of age.


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I got very sick this winter &amp; was totally miserable as it lasted over a month. Sleep was nearly impossible. I ended up making really strong hot lemon &amp; ginger and adding a shot of vodka to it. Best bedtime drink ever, I swear. I slept like a dead body LOL
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I'm not the OP, but you can definitely make your own cough syrup with the powdered ginger, lemon &amp; honey, and yes you can use Braggs apple cider vinegar. Just soak your powdered ginger in your lemon juice for a couple of hours first, then mix everything else in. Take it by the spoonful or use it to make hot drinks. Chili pepper is also a great addition to this. Get well :-)
<p>How many cups of it can you drink a day?</p>
And when we take it, how much are we doing at a time. Is it like a drink or more like spoonful?
<p>Just one spoonful is all you need. </p>
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<p>This stuff is amazing! If taken at the first signs of a cold, I've managed not to get a full blown cold! I've also added some thyme, cloves and cinnamon into the mix for some extra kick and healing properties. My daughter takes it like a cough syrup right off the spoon and loves it too! Amazing, really amazing! </p>
Could you give me an estimate on the ginger<br>
For a half pint jar, I use a piece about 2 inches long and about as thick as 2 of my fingers put together.
<p>Can I can this by using a hot water bath method and then when opened refrigerate? </p>
You don't need to can this. Honey is a natural preservative and this will keep for months in your fridge.
<p>do you think i could add some grated turmeric or should i avoid?</p>
<p>Just drank this for the first time today.. I'm hooked! I won't be buying the instant Honey Ginger Drink anymore. This is way way better.. </p>
I hope this works
When you take a tablespoon, do you also take the lemon pieces or just the honey?
is this good for the voice?
This is great. Now do you have any diarrhea remedies for slc, ut.
what do you mean by raw honey? Can I use bees honey
Raw honey is honey that has not been pasteurized or processed. When they pasteurize it, they heat it, which destroys all of the good properties in it. You need to read the labels in the store to be sure it says raw (or unprocessed) honey, &amp; that it doesn't have any other ingredient because sometimes they water it down - as in 'honey product'. It's best to get raw honey somewhere like a local farmer's market, because eating the honey from the area where you live will help against allergies.
I agree. Really useful and also delicious!
I wish I had all these things at home right now..just need the lemons and ginger. Too late for now though..my son is really sick already! :(
Oof. This is great for relief when you're already feeling bad, so I hope it can be helpful anyway!
great idea! <br> <br>three more ingredients: dark rum, a cinnamon stick and a dash of cayenne pepper, and you are set with a &quot;night-time&quot; version! : )
I just got over a cold and my lady made this for me when I was sick. It is a lifesaver!
Not sure if this actually shortens the length of a cold or flu, but it certainly eases the symptoms! <br> <br>Nice.
Just made a batch! Added a cinnamon stick to one of the two quart jars -- it has quite a few anti-inflammatory properties, and should contribute positively to the taste. Now I feel prepared for winter.
Just made this. I made WAY too much. Instructions could use some more precise #s. Wife is liking it though. Should have thought of the burbon drop. Next cup!
This is a really nice recipe. I'm thinking of making these in 1/2 quart ball jars and giving them away as Christmas gifts. <br> <br>Thanks!
if u ad whisky (scotch - if yore in america), then this makes wat we refer to in scotland as a 'hot toddy'- and yes, thare superb for keeping colds away!
heh, I will add a dollop of bourbon for the &quot;sleep properties&quot; and be all set!
<em><strong>This is great... </strong></em>I have&nbsp;been&nbsp;using these ingredients for years, and they really work but now...you gave them to me in a&nbsp;concentrated&nbsp;version...
It's not homeopathic... unless you dissolve your drink infinitely and it works better and better.... Because that's what true homeopathy is &quot;about&quot;. <br> <br>And don't forget chicken soup !
Noted &quot;more the better&quot; on the ginger but how much do YOU use?
I used a piece that was about 1.5" square. It's not too spicy for me, but there are some that might find it so. I will double it next time. I like to be pushed to the edge of what I can take!
Not to be an engineer, but what size jar is that? I'm assuming 1 lemon, but how much ginger do you recommend one starts with?
It was a small canning jar, maybe 8oz? Yes, one lemon, 1.5" square nob of ginger, and the rest honey.
due to the honey's anti-biotic properties, and being known for never spoiling, you can actually keep this longer. the reason is because even though you have added ingredients to it, the anti-bacterial properties of the honey will kill, and prevent more bacteria from forming. and if it &quot;sits too long&quot; the concoction will simply turn into a big solid block of honey sugar, lemon and ginger.
Ha, fantastic! I was wondering about that, but don't have a great background in canning, preserving, and food safety.
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I love how this is a concentrate you can prepare in advance then use in your darkest hours -- there's nothing new about the combination of ginger, lemons and honey, but preparing it this way adds the much needed touch of genius (the last thing you feel like doing when you're feeling rotten is to squeeze lemons and grate ginger). I'll definitely be making this....
Just in time! I will make some for my daughter tonight. Thanks.
How'd you know Scooch? I'm sitting here at 3am unable to fall asleep because I feel absolutely terrible. I'm gonna get someone to make this for me.

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