Friday, October 7, 2011

Honey, Lemon, Ginger Tea

Years ago when I first became a student of Herb Mentor, the owner John Gallager gave a recipe for his Special Tea. Of course this tea can be used anytime, but it is an extra special treat when drank at times when your body needs the nourishing components of honey, lemon and ginger, such as when cold or the flu rears its ugly head. Now, it’s pretty common knowledge that lemons have loads of vitamin C, but did you know that the flavonoids in lemons also have anti oxidant and antibiotic properties? They can also stop the cell division in some types of cancer cells. Good stuff! Lemons are also a blood cleanser and they help the body expel toxins. Lemons are also a rich source of vitamins B and C, they have antifungal, antacid and antiseptic properties, and they assist in the process of digestion.
Not to be outdone, honey also has antibiotic and anti fungal properties if it is in its raw and unpasteurized form. And having trace amounts of vitamins and minerals, honey is also nutritious.
Ginger is used widely for its therapeutic properties when dealing with colds and flu symptoms. Ginger has antiseptic properties, eases nausea and coughing and promotes sweating.  Ginger is very warming and good for chills and poor circulation.
So, enough talk about how good it is; here is the recipe for this delicious tea.
Add 2 tablespoons of grated ginger, 3 tablespoons of honey, 4 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice into a 1 quart thermos. Then add 1 quart of boiling water and let steep for about 20 minutes. Then strain the tea into your mug, sit on the couch with a good book and drink.
This recipe can be altered if the lemon or ginger is too strong for you. And, of course if it isn’t sweet enough, add more honey. I add about 1 teaspoon astragalus root slices to my tea mixture, as it is great nourishment for the immune system and it doesn’t alter the yummy flavor. You can also add boneset for fever reduction or perhaps echinacea to stimulate your immune system.  Drink, enjoy and be well !

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