What could be more comforting than a hot cup of herbal tea when you are fighting a cold or the flu? A simple tea from your kitchen will boost your immune response, halt a cold in progress, warm you, and tastes delicious. Honey, lemon and ginger are age old remedies long used in fighting common colds and flues - including H1N1.
Lemons are packed with Vitamin C (one squeeze contains your RDA). Lemons contain anti-oxidant elements which fight free radicals and cancer cells. Citrus in general is known to boost immune response, and is famous for preventing rickets and scurvy.
Raw honey is also a power packed medicine, containing several varieties of friendly bacteria to fight infection. Honey is an anti-inflammatory and helps the body’s response to infection and fever. It has been proven to reduce coughing more effectively than Dextromethorphan (DM) and placebos. Its wound healing properties are also soothing and healing on a sore throat. Honey aids the body’s performance in athletes by maintaining optimal blood sugar, but it also relaxes, and can induce sleep. It’s important to buy raw honey as opposed to pasteurized (which has been heated and strained, killing the helpful bacteria).
Ginger is a well proven all around immune aid, proven to fight cancer, and fight infection, including E. coli. It is helpful for an upset stomach and often used for motion sickness and nausea. Ginger, like Lemon, is also anti-oxidant, inhibiting inflammation and reducing dizziness. Rich in vitamins and minerals, just a little Ginger adds potassium, magnesium and other nutrients.
To prepare your therapeutic cup of tea, add a few thin slices of fresh ginger root (or a little of the spice from your ginger jar) to a cup or two of water in a pan. Bring to a simmer for 5 or 10 minutes. Pour into a cup and add a generous squeeze of fresh lemon juice, and a tablespoon or more of honey. Be sure to inhale the steam as you drink it. Some herbalists say that beginning ginger-honey-lemon tea at the first sign of cold or flu dramatically lessons the severity. Since this is good ‘food,’ it’s good to make a couple quarts at a time, and drink from it all day, warming it a cup at a time.