Ummm, am I really the only person who enjoys getting a cold or flu? Being sick means days and days of lying around in your pj’s, watching a seemingly endless slew of 80s movies on Netflix, and eating in bed. Plus, anyone living under your same roof instantly becomes your nursemaid and has to listen to your complaints. Yeah, if you get the flu, the vomiting parts sucks. That part is a definite buzzkill, for sure, but when you eat as much cheese and sugar as I do, I consider the flu a better detox than a juice cleanse.
Since we are dead center in the middle of cold and flu season, chances are there may be a box of tissues and a Meryl Streep triple feature in one of our very near futures, so might I suggest an amazing recipe from Mad Mad Me that won’t cure you, but should certainly make you feel better. This concoction will help with a number of things: “The hot water soothes and reduces swelling while breaking up any lingering congestion in your throat. The lemon will cut through mucus (because of the acidity), kill bacteria, and also help numb tender, sore spots. The honey coats your throat and sweetens up all that acid that’s working in the lemon. Ginger stimulates circulation and will allow you to breathe easier, while at the same time, be soothing to the stomach.”
We’ve been chatting a lot about honey lately, so you already know how important it is for you to use GOOD honey, meaning raw, unpasteurized honey. But, don’t stop there as GREAT honey – organic, free-range – is just as easy to find. Pasteurized, weird, chemically created, modified, lactose-filled honey shockingly doesn’t have the same health benefits.
PS – this recipe gets better and better as it sits, so feel free to make it now, while you are still up and at ‘em.
So, here’s what you do:
Drop two cut-up lemons into a mason jar.
Pour honey until jar is about 1/3 full.
Add a heaping tablespoon of freshly chopped ginger.
Store in fridge.
As it sits, the juice from the lemons will be drawn out by the honey and the ginger will permeate the liquid. You can use this right away or let the mixture sit for several months. The peels and pulp will break down and turn into a darker, golden marmalade that can be mixed with hot water or tea.
Sick or not, I plan on making this ASAP. Let me know how yours turns out!
All images courtesy of Mad Mad Me.