It’s January again, a brand new year has arrived along with a brand new cold & flu season. Ordinarily, I would be quite annoyed with this arrival because getting sick is just plain inconvenient at a time when I’m trying to keep up with my resolutions (which is difficult enough during good health). However, I recently discovered a remedy that actually works at healing and/or preventing the development of a sore throat. It’s also super simple and consists of only four ingredients! Lemon, ginger root, honey, and hot water. As you probably already guessed, the taste is a little sour, but all you have to do is gargle with the mixture for 1-2 minutes. No drinking is required. Plus, the honey tones down the sour flavor.
If you have a sore throat already, I recommend gargling a mouthful of the liquid at least 5-6 times a day until the sore feeling subsides. If you are using the remedy for preventive measure, 1-2 times a day will be just fine. The recipe is below, I hope that those of you currently battling the cold/flu get well soon!
- 1 Thumb Ginger Root, sliced or grated
- 1/2 Lemon
- 1 T Raw Honey
- 1/2 cup Warm Water
- Begin by putting a 1/2 cup of water on the stove to boil. I prefer using my tea kettle. Once the water is heating up, begin preparing the rest of the ingredients.
- Peel and slice ginger root into thin pieces, place in a mug. Using one 1/2 of the lemon, squeeze as much juice as possible into the mug. Add the tablespoon of honey. The water should be warm enough by now.
- Measure out a 1/2 cup and pour water into the mug with the rest of the ingredients. Mix well and gargle the liquid for 1-2 minutes.
- If the liquid is too hot to gargle, let sit to cool or add an ice cube for a quicker cool down. There is no limit to how much you can gargle at one time so if you would like, gargle the entire mug. This is what I usually do so that the remedy doesn't go to waste.
Cook Time applies to the water only