Fighting colds au naturel

Ending our Christmas vacation and starting the New Year with a crappy couple of colds was our rotten luck this past week.  If you’re like Thomas, any kind of pill is an absolute last resort.  He prefers to tough out his illnesses without the aid of pain killers and decongestants.  However, there are some cold comforts he will admit into his get-well regimen for some relief, and these we turn to without exception every time we get ill.

Lemon, Ginger and Honey

Hot ginger lemonade was something my parents introduced me to as a child – as much for cold winter days as for stuffy noses and sore throats.  My folks’ version uses canned lemonade stewed with ginger.  Because we have a tiny freezer however, and are great fans of honey for sweetening, our version substitutes lemon juice and honey for the lemonade.  I don’t have any hard and fast measurements for the recipe (and am much too lazy to sit down and figure it out), but here are some rough guidelines.  I recommend frequent tasting of your brew to adjust it to your liking.

Ingredients:
Water
Lemon juice (we keep a bottle of organic lemon juice in our fridge)
Gingerroot (about a 1 inch piece, peeled and chopped)
Honey

Use about 3-4 times as much water as lemon juice.  Get the water, juice and ginger boiling together in a pot on the stove before you add the honey.  Add honey to taste, but be warned that you will probably need more than you think.  I personally like A LOT of honey to offset the tartness of the lemon juice and the heat of the ginger.  I soothe my conscious by reminding myself that honey is a natural antiseptic http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Honey#As_a_medicine, and therefore an active and essential part of what makes this concoction so good for you – along with the citric acid of the lemon, and the decongesting/anesthetic power of the ginger, not to mention the hydration!

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  1. By Jeffery on July 27, 2014 at 2:37 pm

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