Lemon Ginger Honey Green Tea Concoction to Battle Your Cold

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Published on January 30, 2012 with 9 Comments

So, like I said last week, one long-term resolution I’d like to make is to transition more and more towards natural remedies for sickness–to prevent it and treat it. This is a concoction I made last week, and although I can’t prove it had anything to do with the fact that this was the shortest cold I can ever remember, I’d be willing to bet it had something to do with it.

Sorry, had to take these pictures in the break room at with my crappy old iPhone. 

I used 5 ingredients:

Fresh lemon {peel & juice}

Good for an upset stomach, throat infections and fevers. It’s an antioxidant, an antibacterial, it helps build your immune system and helps flush toxins.

Fresh ginger

Helps upset stomachs, coughing, nausea, diarrhea, boosts your immune system and actually promotes detoxification in your body. It’s anti-viral, anti-toxic and anti-fungal.

Local honey

Not only does the honey help take the edge off of the lemon, but it also helps an upset stomach and soothes a sore throat and diarrhea. It’s packed with vitamins and minerals, and it’s also an antioxidant, antiseptic, anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal. And remember, to help treat your allergies during allergy season, make sure to by local honey.

Green tea

Where do I start? As far as cold symptoms go, green tea can help you sleep, lower your stress, it helps digestion, stomach cramps, intestinal issues, strengthens your immune system, fights infection and nasal decongestion. I’m being modest, though. Green tea probably cures cancer.

Water

Obviously this concoction needed water it I wouldn’t have been able to handle it. The warm water soothed my throat, hydrated me, cleared up my nasal cavities, and whether I realized it or not, it helped flush toxins out of my bod.

How I Did It

I peeled an entire lemon and cut it up. I would have grated it, but we didn’t have any graters at my break room at lunch. I then cut up at least a few tablespoons of fresh ginger. Would’ve grated it, but you know. I put the lemon, ginger and 6 bags of green tea in a jar full of hot water. The amount of water you want depends on how strong you want it. I’ll let you decide.

While the tea, lemon and ginger were steeping, I got the {local} honey ready to roll.

I took the ginger and lemon peel out of the tea.

Then added the honey. I added quite a bit of honey, actually–all of what you saw above. I didn’t drink this all in one sitting. It took me 2 or 3 times to get it all down.

Oh, and should you serve it in a Mason Jar? YES!

So, can I prove this really worked? I don’t really know. I think it did. I mean, with that huge list of amazing benefits, how could all those things NOT help?

So, do you make any concoctions when you get sick?

About Ande Truman

Ande Truman

Ande has made mistakes in the kitchen since she could reach the countertop. From a restaurant head cook, to cooking meals for friends, to her own solo plate, experimenting & learning drives her. She's also a freelance graphic & web designer, photo/videographer, guitar player and wanderlust-er. In her spare time, she works a full-time 8 to 5 cubicle job. She's the creator of Broke & Healthy.

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  6. My Dad always swore by taking 2 tea bags, a generous shot of whisky or rum, 1Tblsp of Raw Honey, 1 small nob of ginger that’s been finely grated (peel left on), 1/8 to 1/4 onion that’s been finely grated, 1/2 a lemon’s worth of juice and some of the zest from the lemon, and 1/4 tsp of lavender buds – put everything in a pan, add the boiling water. Stir and allow the tea bags to steep in the hot water for 3-5 minutes. When the tea bags have been removed, you can bring the concoction back up to heat, but don’t boil. More honey can be added if required.
    If it was a particularly bad virus/cold, he’d also add either some dried chilies or some cayenne pepper or fresh hot chilies that have been grated finely (but us kids couldn’t stand it with the extra heat, the onion and ginger gave enough heat for us and then some). And if we happened to have any rosehip syrup around, he would sometimes substitute that for the raw honey, for extra vitamins.

  7. currently, drinking a very well thought out concoction!
    it has green tea of course,honey,lemon,ginger and onion juice.
    i brew the tea bag then add all other ingredients once tea is hot, then bottoms up
    (sipping) it til it’s all gone! de-lish!!!

    if you’re really congested….get ready to blast it away temporarily, the onions and the garlic works amazingly if you inhale it immediately after juicing! no over the counter med has ever worked so quickly!

    best feels !!

  8. I’ve done the brew without the green tea; I’ve also substituted ginger tea (granulated) when I didn’t have ginger root.

    I’m in agreement that it certainly didn’t hurt!

    I enjoy your blog.

  9. I’m sure that didn’t hurt! As you know, I like garlic… just chewing a few cloves of pickled garlic, or put a lot of it in soup.

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