So I hate being sick (ok so I know I’m not alone here) and that’s why I like to keep a mason jar in the fridge at all times of honey and lemon for a quick feel better drink. You should too because it’s tasty, handy and soothing and if you’re interested here’s how it goes:
3 organic lemons (organic is best because the skin is on and sitting in the honey and then you’re drinking it)
Cut your lemons into little tiny bits (think restaurant finger bowls for washing). Add them to the mason jar and then muddle it up like you’re Tom Cruise so the juices start coming out. Add honey to cover and muddle more.
What to do when you are feeling sick:
Make the honey lemon mixture when you are not sick and have it ready so that….when you are sick and have a sore throat, congestion in the chest, headache, aches, pains, cough and all the rest you just need to boil a kettle. Add a spoon full or 2 of this delicious soothing honey lemon yumminess to a mug. Pour hot water over it and drink. The honey has antibacterial properties to fight infections and soothe your throat and the lemon is a good detoxifier and it cuts through congestion.
You can drink that and it’s good….or…you can make my special tea or my ‘specialty’ if you will…I swear by this drink when I’m sick and if you try it…you will too. I can almost guarantee it.
Add the following to your mug with the lemons and honey.
add a bag of green tea (is an antioxidant and inflammation reducer)
a pinch of ground ginger (cuts through throat and nose congestion, has an anti nausea effect)
a pinch of cayenne pepper (detox support, pain reducer, mucous mover, sore throat soother)
a splash of raw apple cider vinegar (sore throat relief and mucous reducer)
a pinch of turmeric (natural pain killer and anti-inflammatory)
a pinch of cinnamon (used in Traditional Chinese Medicine at the onset of cold or flu along with ginger. It is anti-microbial and said to stop the growth of bacteria… plus it’s just so tasty)
Let this steep for 3-5 minutes. I drink it with the lemons floating around but if you’re fancy you can strain it. If you’re really fancy you can stir it with a cinnamon stick. It is soothing comfort and relief in a cup I tell you. It makes me feel better while I drink it and I can almost forget how sick I feel. Almost. I’m sick right now so I’m going to go make some of this right now and get some much needed rest.
P.S. The honey and lemon mixture will keep in the fridge for months because the honey preserves the lemons…did you know that honey is a miracle food and will never go bad? It has been said that honey found in Egyptian tombs from over 2000 years ago still tasted good. (I want to know who gets that job…”hey Joe, today you’re gonna eat something that’s 2000 years old to see if it’s still good”) Um no thanks.
Enjoy and be thankful that you’re not wasting money any more on that box of powdered mix (full of junk) that we drink when we’re sick (you know the one) and then 8 out of the 10 packs expire in your cupboard.