By Stacy Karen, Contributing Writer
When it comes to colds and congestion, ginger and lemon pack a powerful punch.
Ginger warms the body and is known to help with decongestion. It is also thought to boost circulation and the immune system.
Lemon is high in vitamin C, has antibacterial properties, and is said to aid in breaking fevers and soothing sore throats.
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How to Make a Soothing Lemon Ginger Drink to Treat Cold and Flu
This recipe is adapted from a Ginger Lemon-Aide in Rosemary Gladstar’s, Medicinal Herbs: A Beginner’s Guide (which is an excellent book).
This drink is best consumed warm or hot.
4 tablespoons freshly grated ginger root
1-2 lemons, freshly squeezed
1 quart water
Honey to taste
Place grated ginger and one quart of cold water into a saucepan.
Cover with lid and warm over medium heat until it just comes to a boil.
Remove from heat immediately and leave to steep for 10 to 15 minutes. Keep the lid on during this time.
If you have not yet juiced the lemons, do so while the ginger is steeping. Set aside.
Strain the ginger out of the water, catching the water in a clean jar or bowl.
Add the lemon juice and stir to combine.
Add honey to taste.
Sip throughout the day. Let this drink sit on the throat for a few seconds before swallowing to allow the lemon and ginger to target that area.
Store in the fridge for up to three days.
What is your favorite drink when sick with a cold or flu?
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