How To Make Lemon Ginger Tea (home remedies)
We have some sickies in the house this week… Bubba actually started out falling off his bed and getting a gnarly bruise on his pinky toe. How did he fall off? Oh, he was excited he passed a level in his game, bounced a little too high, and oops! down he went. At least it wasn’t broken! And it helps that it doesn’t hurt anymore, but he does have a cold now, on top of it. We have to be careful that he doesn’t get too sick, or he will be in for a heck of an ER trip. Hopefully the sniffles and sore throat will wear off as fast as the toe pain.
Hubby is a different story. I have had some difficult patients as a nurse, but this man takes the cake! He loses thirty years of age at the first sign of a bug. Bubba thinks it’s funny that he does what is needed and takes it like a trouper, while Hubby morphs into Help Resistant But I Still Need Help So Don’t Go Anywhere Man. *Sigh*
Because there were two different sicknesses, I made two things for them. First I started Hubby with some Lemon Ginger Tea and then made them both Chicken Soup (I used my Easy Chicken Stock recipe and just gave them the veggies with it). Thank goodness it worked! They were feeling much better by the end of the day. This morning when I got home from work Hubby is almost completely better, and Bubba is on his way. He could probably use another bowl or two…
Today I thought I’d share how I made the Lemon Ginger Tea. It is pretty well known that ginger helps fight nausea. I once ate an entire bag of ginger snap cookies when I was pregnant with Bubba to “fight off the nausea”, but I’m thinking now that I just wanted an excuse to eat them all….natural “real” ginger is best. And, if you make it into tea, you end up with a nice hot glass of spicy feel better juice.
Lemon is a natural antibacterial (because of the low pH) and has a pretty good amount of Vitamin C, which helps your immune system fight off infection. Add the two together, and you’ve got a pretty nifty home remedy for an upset stomach.
Now, I had made this recently for Hubby’s mom, and I didn’t think he would like it as spicy. So I lessened the amount of ginger and also added some wildflower honey I had picked up at a farmer’s market this summer. Honey is also known for it’s natural antibacterial properties, and tastes great. Side note, if you take a spoonful of honey or warm honey with lemon juice, it helps to soothe coughs and sore throats!
Here’s what I did:
- 15 thin slices of ginger, peeled
- 2 cups water
- 1 tbsp. lemon juice or juice from one lemon
- 2 tsp. honey
- Place the slices of ginger into the water in a small saucepan.
- Heat on med-high until boiling.
- Add lemon juice, then simmer for about ten minutes.
- Strain into glass or mug and stir in honey.
Do you have any home remedies you like to use? Have you made ginger tea? How did it work for you? I’d love to hear!
I have to add, by sharing this recipe and information, I am in no way giving medical advice. You may use it and follow your own judgement. I make no claims this will be beneficial for everyone, it has just worked for us so far. Use at your own risk. (wow that sounds totally scary, but I just have to add a disclaimer)
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