The April rain has finally come to a halt, but lots of my friends and family are still getting sick. All of these Spring weather transitions can bring on the worst kinds of colds and throat infections. Staying inside with others on rainy days leaves us vulnerable and exposed to all kinds of germs, especially when we have no idea what the weather has in store for us.
Since I went through several bouts of throat infections in high school before getting my tonsils out, I learned the best way to keep the germs at bay. This holistic drink got me back on my feet quickly, and even prevented strep throat a couple of times when I caught it at the first sign of a tingling throat.
This drink works best when you are just starting to feel the scratchy, tingling feeling in your throat (for instance, when you are starting to have trouble swallowing, or are having to clear your throat from the scratchiness). You can prevent a full blown throat infection if you start drinking it at this point. It will help you recover faster if you have missed these initial signs and are already sick, but you won’t be able to ward it off as quickly if you’ve already missed that point.
- 1/4 – 1/2 lemon, sliced
- nub of ginger (the size of the top half of your thumb), sliced
- 1 tbsp honey
- Boil water in a kettle
- Slice lemon and ginger and add to a mug
- Spoon honey into mug
- Pour hot water over your spoon you used for your honey to make sure you get every last bit melted into the tea
- Stir everything together, allow to cool to drinking temperature (hot, but not hot enough to burn you), and enjoy!
The lemon in the tea acts as an astringent to clean the system of bacteria and other germs. Also, as a citrus fruit, it contains vitamin C, which we all know helps to prevent colds and other nasty ailments. I would recommend against using bottled lemon juice, as these usually contain added sulfites, which slow down digestion and can even cause breathing difficulties for those who are sensitive.
The ginger has anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant effects, which is why it has been used for years for its medicinal properties. It helps reduce muscle soreness, so it is helpful for relaxing your tense throat. It is also effective against nausea, which is why this drink can also be used for morning sickness by soon-to-be mothers (or for your hangover)!
The honey soothes the throat in many ways as well, as it has anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial AND anti-fungal properties. I usually like to use orange blossom honey or manuka honey from the PC brand, as these are inexpensive and delicious. This past week, I used my Nude Bee Honey, which is raw honey that is made in Canada, and has a ton of flavours to fit different preferences! I have a picture of 6/7 of their gorgeous flavours on my Instagram (@cookbooksandcardigans), where I have also tagged the company if you would also like to check them out.
NOTE: if you have been eating a lot of sugary sweets or products with added sugar leading up to your scratchy throat, I recommend that you make this drink without the added honey. A spoonful of honey is amazing to boost your immune system when you are starting to feel sick. However, if you have been eating an excess of sugar lately, your immune system will already be run down from that excess intake, so it is best to avoid sugar as you are working to get better.
I hope you are all enjoying the weather since the rain has been holding off. Let me know in the comments how you like this cure! It makes me feel so much better when I’m starting to feel run down, but I also enjoy it sometimes instead of my green tea because of all of its holistic medicinal properties. To all those who are still getting over their seasonal coughs and colds, I hope you enjoy this homemade, holistic NeoCitran. Feel better and have fun!