Honey Lemon Tea Base for Colds and Flus

Posted December 13, 2015 by Lauren Dibble in Lifestyle / 0 Comments

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Honey Lemon TeaWinter is here, and it seems the colds, flus, and stomach bugs are especially bad this year. Kids love sharing (especially germs!), the flu vaccine seems to be hit or miss, and our busy lives leave us little time to take care of ourselves. That’s where this tea base comes in:

Honey

Honey is antibacterial and antiviral, but the effects on humans after ingesting honey is still up for debate. In a lab, honey has been shown to be effective against E. coli, salmonella, and staphylococcus, but there haven’t been enough studies to show if it does the same in humans.

Honey has, however, been proven scientifically to help suppress coughs. In several studies involving children, honey was more effective in suppressing coughs than dextromethorphan (a common cough suppressant found in drugs) and diphenhydramine (an antihistamine).

(When buying honey, the darker the color, the more antibacterial and antioxidants it will have.)

If lemon or ginger are not your cup of tea (get it?), Herbal Academy has an entire section in their Introductory course on medicinal honeys. You can combine the herbs you want with the honey to make a completely natural medicinal cough syrup (that your kids will actually enjoy!)

Herbalist Courses for all levels

*NOTE: Do not give babies under one year of age honey*

Lemon

The medicinal properties of lemons is due to the high concentration of Vitamin C. One lemon contains roughly 50% of your daily recommended amount of Vit. C. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that helps boost your immune system, and even prevent cancer.

Lemon also aids in settling stomach issues and improves digestion.

Ginger

Another great stomach soother, is ginger. Ginger has been a natural remedy for motion sickness, morning sickness and other digestive issues.

In addition to comforting an upset stomach, ginger reduces pain and inflammation. Reducing pain and inflammation is vital in reducing the symptoms of colds and the flu.

To Make The Lemon Ginger Honey Base

  1. slice a lemon and about 2 Tbsp of ginger root thinly
  2. pack tightly in a pint mason jar
  3. pour honey on top of lemon and ginger slices, moving them around gently with a knife to remove any air pockets
  4. keep in a dark, cool place for at least a week (this base does not go bad, and you can continue to add onto it as you use it)

To Use Your Lemon Ginger Honey Base

In a mug of boiling water, add 1-2 Tbsp, depending on your preference, of the honey base and mix until it dissolves. That’s it! It’s a delicious treat that will keep you and your family healthy throughout the winter season.


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