DIY COLD & FLU TEA
I made up a batch of this DIY cold & flu tea to keep at the ready in the fridge. It’s a fresh elixir of raw unfiltered honey, grated ginger, fresh lemon juice, and chunks of lemon that you add to hot water for a soothing, hydrating, and healing tea. Ginger, lemon, and raw unfiltered honey have proven and studied benefits for fighting and warding off colds and flu.
I’m already drinking it every evening, it’s delicious.
Freezing your ginger knobs in the freezer is the easiest way to keep fresh ginger ready to use without running to the store for some. I keep mine in a small tupperware container. It is super-easy to grate from frozen and does not need to be peeled as long as you wash and throughly dry your ginger before freezing.
RAW UNFILTERED HONEY (RUH) is rich in antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and amino acids. RUH also contains anti-bacterial and anti-microbial properties that can help the body’s immune system keep you healthy. A study conducted showed that unfiltered raw honey functions just as good as a dose of dextromethorphan found in over the counter cough syrup in fighting cough.* Note that traditionally processed honey does not contain these benefits, so only RAW and UNFILTERED honey.
LEMON contains vitamin C, which hasn’t been shown to prevent colds in studies, but taking vitamin C before the onset of cold symptoms has been proven to shorten the duration of symptoms once you’re sick.* Sipping on hot liquids can help ease the misery of a cold or flu; and staying hydrated helps ease sinus congestion.
GINGER is famous for soothing nausea, stomach cramping, and headaches since it is proven to reduce inflammation.*
- 1 small clean glass mason jar with a screw top
- 1 knob of fresh ginger
- juice of 1 lemon
- 1 lemon scrubbed and cut into quarter or half moons; seeds removed
- raw unfiltered honey
- Freeze the ginger beforehand. When frozen, grate with a box grater or microplane grater and add to jar; no need to peel.
- Add juice of one lemon and lemon chunks to jar.
- Pour raw honey over to top. Shake to combine.
- Store in fridge. Flavors will combine.
- Add a teaspoon or two to hot water for tea. If you don’t want the ginger and lemon chunks pieces in your tea, strain your tea after steeping for a minute or so.
Keeps in the fridge for a week or two.
Stay healthy and take care of yourself, okay?
p.s. remember to never give honey to infants.