You’re still half asleep as you open your eyes and see that the once picturesque view is now a portrait of sullen gray skies. You feel sluggish and as if your body has been hit by a ton of bricks … then …. oh the dreadful part … you have a sore throat – the kind that feels like you have knives piercing your esophagus every time you try to swallow and you have a dull ringing pain in your ears. All tell tale signs that you’re on the brink of getting sick!
That’s some pretty picture I’ve painted for you right? Well that is exactly how I felt yesterday when I woke up. My head was pounding, eyes burning and I began to sniffle. So what did I do? Stayed in bed all day, relaxed by catching up on some very much needed sleep and watched season 3 of ‘Orange is the New Black’.
Ha! Only if that were the case! Instead life called and I had to go about my day. Ever felt like that before? I’m sure you have, we’ve all wanted to climb back in bed when we’re not feeling well and especially when it’s gloomy outside. Well I have a trick that I’ve been using for years and I swear by it! It’s quick, simple and the best part au naturel! It will get you up and running in no time!
My mom would make this for me when I was younger and it is AH-MAZING! All you need are a few ingredients (which you probably already have laying around in your kitchen), all natural honey, some limes and ginger at a 1-to-1 ratio (1 part honey, 1 part lime juice, 1 part ginger water).
The first thing you do is extract the juice from the limes. When I make this recipe, I use 3 limes which gives me 1/2 cup of each component and fills one – 8oz mason jar.
*Quick Tip: when choosing a ripe lime, look for one that is bright green, smells like a lime when you scratch the skin, gives a little when you squeeze it and feels heavy. These are all signs that you’ve picked a juicy and ripe lime*
Next, I take a bowl and place a sieve inside it so that I can grate the peeled ginger using a microplane grater. Now I’m going to warn you, this part does take some elbow grease but trust me it is worth the effort!
As I’m grating the ginger, I take my rubber spatula and press down on the pulp to extract as much of the water as I can. Remember to scrape the pulp from the back of your grater periodically to make it easier to grate. Once I’m done, I usually take the pulp in my hands and squeeze out the rest of the water. Sometimes the best kitchen utensil are your little paws!
Then I measure out the honey and I’m ready to put this baby together! (*note: I sprayed the measuring cup with a bit of oil so that it would be easier to pour the honey).
I first start by pouring the honey into the mason jar, followed by the lime juice and finally topped off with the ginger water. I then screw on the lid and give it a good shake to incorporate all of the ingredients.
And presto! There you have it, your own homemade – all natural antibiotic. I keep the jar refrigerated and it’s usually good for a month.
Both my husband and I take this religiously in the winter, especially around cold and flu season. We just go into the fridge, give the jar a quick shake and take 2 tablespoons ever 1-2 hours as needed. And since it’s made with all natural ingredients, you don’t have to worry about feeling groggy. If anything, the healing powers of the honey and ginger should actually give you a boost of energy!
Research shows that ginger is considered a wonder-spice because of the many healing and health benefits that it contains. The medicinal properties of ginger have been used for thousands and thousands of years. It’s filled with Vitamin C, Potassium, Iron, Magnesium, Manganese and Copper. Ginger has also been sought to relieve an upset stomach, nausea, asthma, common colds and even fight off certain cancers! Amazing isn’t it??
I could go on and on about ginger and its many benefits, but that would make this post go on forever! So instead here’s a cool infographic that I found online at Isha Blog that shows some of the many benefits of ginger in a nut-shell.
Anyways, I hope that this recipe works out for you guys. If you have something specific that you do to alleviate the common cold or sore throat, please tell me in the comment section below. I’m always looking for tips and tricks that are natural!
Until next time!
*IMPORTANT: if your symptoms persist you should go see your healthcare practitioner or a caregiver*