Tumeric, Honey, Ginger and Lemon
Updated: May 12
A common topic of conversation in the winter months is "I'm just getting over a cold..." or "everyone's sick at work...."
Common colds, coughs, runny noses and sore throats, medically known as infectious disease of the upper respiratory tract, are not serious but they are a nuisance and keep you out of work or kids from school for days on end.
So for infectious disease of the upper respiratory tract, the 3 most common elements in a remedy is ginger, lemon and honey, whether its the traditional "lemsip" from the Pharmacy or home made!
But add one more ingredient to the above three, "tumeric" very much in the mainstream now and often described "as the indispensible ingredient in the Indian kitchen".
So as its the "colds" season, why not invest a little time and make "the mix" and take a tablespoon each day between January and March.
The mix is a very good preventative measure taking at the start of the cold season. But by taking the "mix" it is not to say that you will not get a cold,! However, if you do, what is definite is that your immune system will be at the top of its game ready to do battle with whatever this infectious disease has thrown at you!
1 jar of organic or locally produced honey - approx 340g
2 tablespoons of tumeric
1½ tablespoons of dried ginger powder OR
Juice from grated fresh root ginger - 5/7cm piece of root ginger
Juice of 1 unwaxed lemon
Put all the ingredients together and whisk with a spoon/fork until all the ingredients are well combined.
Store it in the fridge for 12 hours before use. Then each day have a tablespoon of the mix.
Note, A jar should last you between 2 and 3 weeks and the above measurements are approximate,so a little more or a little less of something is not going to be a problem.
If you are already suffering from a cold than there are many many receipes for making your own "cold" remedy at home, here are links to help you get started!
Credit & Talent
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Image 1 - Honey Ginger Lemon - ExploreBob Pixabay
Image 2 - Tumeric - Alandiashram