Ladies and gentleman, it’s officially cold and flu season. Well… it’s been going on for a while. I just happen to have caught a cold that knocked me out for three days very recently.
According to the CDC, flu outbreaks can happen as early as October and can last as late as May. On top of that, flu activity most commonly peaks in the United States between December and February, so technically we’re right in the gist of things. Womp.
Back to my cold diagnosis, it was plain awful. But curiously, out of all the medications I took, the over the counter drugs and countless remedies, my homemade honey lemon ginger tea recipe worked wonders on my symptoms! It really cleared up my congested sinuses and calmed my sore scratchy throat. So hey, why not share the magic with you all!
- Relieves pain and reduces inflammation.
- Its warming effect stimulates circulation and helps promote healthy sweating, often beneficial during colds and flus.
- It is a natural expectorant, further aiding to expand your lungs while loosening up phlegm and making breathing a little easier during those tough times.
- As I discussed on my 6 Healthy Habits to Follow in 2016, lemon juice provides a natural support to your immune system.
- It is great for treating cold and flu symptoms as it breaks fevers by increasing body perspiration.
- It also contains specific compounds that help reduce body inflammation by dissolving excess uric acid in your joints.
- It is a natural cough suppressant.
- Acts as a superb source of all-natural energy.
- Can help improve the quality of sleep even when you’re not functioning in optimal conditions.
Honey Lemon Ginger Tea Recipe
- What you’ll need:
- 2 inches of fresh ginger root (peeling is discretionary)
- 4 tablespoons of freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons of honey
- 2 ½ cups of water
- Medium saucepan
- How you’ll make it:
The amazing thing about this recipe is how easy it is to prepare! Which is fantastic in case you find yourself alone at home, attempting to fight off those nasty cold and flu symptoms. Guaranteed it’ll have you feeling better in no time!
- In a medium saucepan, bring 2 ½ cups of water to a boil.
- Dice your 2 inch fresh ginger root into thin, disk-like shapes.
- Add your diced ginger to the boiling water and let it sit for 5 minutes.
- After 5 minutes have passed, turn heat to low, cover the saucepan and let it steep for 10 more minutes.
- Strain the liquid into a bowl.
- Add 4 tablespoons of freshly squeezed lemon juice and 2 tablespoons of honey (feel free to add more as needed).
- Stir and serve in your cup of choice.
- Feel better!