Home Cold & Flu Remedy

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Introduction: Home Cold & Flu Remedy

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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    The best way to avoid contracting influenza or cold is to
    keep yourself warm and drink plenty of fluids. Liquids like tea can also reduce
    mucus thickness. You can also use a humidifier at home as warm moist air causes
    the bronchial tubes to relax and it loosens up mucus, however, care should be
    taken to clean out the humidifier regularly to avoid bacteria or fungi
    propagating in it. If managing a humidifier is problematic, breathing in steam
    from boiling water can soften mucus while adding a few drops of eucalyptus oil
    has enhance the effect of steam therapy as the oil contains antibacterial
    properties which can heal burning sensation in the throat. Still, there are
    some other natural foods for bronchitis treatment like: honey has antiviral as
    well as antibacterial properties and eating a tablespoon daily be useful to
    treat bronchitis as it helps soothes the throat and build an strong immune
    system. Oregano oil and salt water tends to lessen throat soreness and a few
    drops of oregano oil or gargling salt water are enough to cure severe or uneasy
    breathing. Garlic and turmeric has antiviral and antibiotic properties while
    turmeric have anti-inflammatory properties. Add one teaspoon of turmeric powder
    or some freshly chopped garlic cloves in a glass of milk, boil it for some time
    and drink. Orange and lemon juice are rich in vitamin C and have antioxidant
    properties. Drink lots of orange juice to build immune properties in the body.
    Or boil a cup of water and add a few drops of lemon juice in it and drink to
    relieve throat soreness. Ginger has immune building and anti-inflammatory
    properties. Add half a teaspoon of ground ginger and cinnamon to hot water and
    drink the mixture. In addition drink plenty of water as it is necessary to keep
    your body hydrated during cold and influenza bouts to avoid your throat from
    getting dry, which can make coughing painful.


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    I got very sick this winter & was totally miserable as it lasted over a month. Sleep was nearly impossible. I ended up making really strong hot lemon & ginger and adding a shot of vodka to it. Best bedtime drink ever, I swear. I slept like a dead body LOL

    I'm "snowed in"...I have a cold...the only ginger I have is powdered...will that work?? what about Braggs vinegar?

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    I'm not the OP, but you can definitely make your own cough syrup with the powdered ginger, lemon & 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 :-)

    And when we take it, how much are we doing at a time. Is it like a drink or more like spoonful?

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    Good stuff! Over the years with bird/swine flu outbreaks. Ebola. Thought you might

    find this interesting:

    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!

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    20kdk

    4 years ago

    Could you give me an estimate on the ginger

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    For a half pint jar, I use a piece about 2 inches long and about as thick as 2 of my fingers put together.

    You don't need to can this. Honey is a natural preservative and this will keep for months in your fridge.

    do you think i could add some grated turmeric or should i avoid?

    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..

    When you take a tablespoon, do you also take the lemon pieces or just the 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, & 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.