Although your first instinct is to grab the cold medicine at the first signs of getting sick, it isn’t doing you any good. Natural remedies like lemon, ginger, turmeric, and honey do a lot better at keeping bacteria and viruses from infecting the body.
I usually get sick once or twice in a year, and when I do, I often soothe myself with this tonic. Even if I feel like I am coming down with something, this recipe can stop it in its tracks. This super virus-killing cocktail will keep you warm, and help soothe your throat as well if you’ve already been infected.
How Do These Ingredients Work?
Lemon: lemons decrease the strength of cold and flu viruses in the body. It also helps reduce phlegm thanks to the citric acid that helps break down thick mucus. Lemons are anti-bacterial and anti-viral, and super high in vitamin C to help support the body’s natural defences.
Ginger: gingers’ active ingredients like gingerols and gingerdiols are effective in reducing some symptoms of viral infections. It is a potent anti-viral, and makes a warming cold and flu remedy. Ginger also works as an effective anti-inflammatory, helping to reduce inflammation of the sinuses and aches and pains in the body.
Turmeric: one of the best anti-inflammatories in the world, turmeric is your key to staying sickness-free. It guards your stomach by destroying fungus, viruses and bacteria that can cause sickness. It has been found to out-perform many pharmaceuticals in its effects against several chronic and debilitating diseases. It is used worldwide for colds, congestion, headaches and sore throats.
Honey: honey, particularly manuka honey, is great at killing bacteria in the body. It is a strong anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal, you name it. It is also great at helping soothe a sore or scratchy throat, as it naturally relieves irritation.
– 1 organic lemon
– 1-2 tsp. fresh ginger root
– 1-2 tsp. fresh turmeric root
– raw, unpasteurized honey
1. Thinly slice the lemon into quarter slices (4 pieces per round). Mince the ginger and turmeric finely.
2. Arrange the lemons and ginger in layers in a clean, sterile jar and cover with honey.
3. Refrigerate until needed. Use a large tbsp. of the mixture in a mug of hot water to make tea!