I haven’t got the strongest immune system. Every time the weather changes, I tend to pick up every cold or flu going. I also suffer from terrible hay fever every spring and summer. But one thing I’ve found that really reduces my rate of colds and flu, especially at this time of year, is my ginger, lemon and honey hot drink. I’ve been making this in the mornings lately, since the weather’s turned cold and wet and windy!
Ginger is excellent for treating and preventing colds and flu, as well as boosting your immune, circulatory and digestive systems! It has been used for thousands of years by many cultures. Similarly lemons and honey are both full of wonderful health benefits, as we know and have antibacterial, antiviral and anti inflammatory qualities. This hot tea will give your body everything it needs to fight infection and if you are sick, it will help sooth a sore throat, clear blocked sinuses and relieve fevers and other aches, pains and chills. You can google the other numerous health benefits of the three ingredients yourself, but you probably know about many of them already.
I use organic ginger that I get in Supernatural Farmer’s market on Pearse Street, ( I think I actually all of the ingredients there this time) so I don’t bother peeling it, besides all the heat is under the skin so it seems a shame to waste that. I just use the juice of a quarter of a lemon, as the pith is very bitter. And I alternate between local raw Irish honey and good quality Manuka honey, depending on how sick I’m feeling. I also love using a lovely raw, organic, eucalyptus honey from Spain that I buy in the Ayurveda centre, but I’ve run out of that one.
Here’s the recipe:
(Makes 1 cup for 1 person)
fresh ginger, 4 or 5 thin slices, skin on
juice of half a small lemon, or quarter of a large one
1 large teaspoon good quality honey, like local raw Irish honey or good Manuka honey
You will also need:
a sharp knife
a citrus reamer if you have, but it’s not necessary
This is all you need to do:
Boil your kettle. I like to filter my water, but again, it’s not strictly necessary.
Slice your ginger and drop it into the mug.
Next add your lemon juice.
Then pour over your just boiled water.
Give the tea a good stir and leave it to brew for about 5 minutes.
After 5 minutes has passed, add in the honey. According to Ayurveda, you should never boil or cook honey over 40 degrees, so that’s why I wait 5 minutes. Stir it in well to dissolve. The tea should still be quite hot now.
Sip and enjoy! Hopefully it will help to stave off the miserable colds and flus that will be going around this autumn, but if you do succumb to them, it will definitely ease the symptoms!!