Raw Honey and Lemon Immune Enhancer

This a mixture I make up and use 1 Tablespoon to place in tea. It helps reduce coughs, soothes sore throats and builds your immunity during the flu season.



I use raw honey along with slices of organic lemons, including peels. I usually use cut up ginger root, but have not found mine that I froze, so sprinkled some organic ginger powder in this, mixing it well.

It is easy, simple and helps to use all year round, but especially when germs are more prevalent as helps aid in warding off viruses and bacteria strains of illnesses.




Dark bold honey may not always be appealing to everyone in terms of taste. But health wise, it could be a more popular choice than light color honeys. It is not yet entirely clear which components of honey determine the antioxidant capacity of honey. The combined activity of phenolics, peptides, organic acids, and enzymes appears to be responsible for its antioxidant activity; however these compounds are not the only contributors (Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, 2002).

The color of honey varies according to their botanical origin and the weather of the place where the plants grow. In general, dark honeys have higher mineral contents (e.g. potassium, manganese, iron, sodium, etc.) than lighter ones (Czech Journal Food Science, 2015; Journal of Saudi Chemical Society, Vol 18, 2014).

Also, the darker the honey color, the higher the phenolic and flavonoid contents and the antioxidant levels, which are critical in counteracting free radicals responsible for triggering the aging process and diseases such as cancer, hypertension and high blood cholesterol and diabetes (General Medicine, 2014; Food Chem. 2007).

Well-known for their strong medicinal properties, dark honeys are highly prized and sought after as natural alternative remedies for synthetic drugs in treating a myriad of health conditions and ailments such as cough, flu, infections, skin problems, and poor immunity. For instance, the famously healing Manuka honey with UMF certified labels can command a price ten times more than regular honey.

So the next time someone offers you some dark honey, don’t be too quick to judge its taste. Gladly accept it and eat it even if you are not too agreeable with the taste. It is likely to contain some really healthful stuff in it!

I purchased my dark raw honey from a local farmer at our regional market that has bee hives and the honey is organic, free from any pesticides and chemicals, along with no extra additives such as store bought honeys may contain.




Lemons have also shown to kill certain type cancer cells, specifically with certain malignant breast tumor cells.

Here are just a few known benefits of ingesting lemons. 
Gives your immune system a boost.

Aids in Digestion

Excellent source of potassium.

Boosts Energy aiding to helping in maintaining Stamina

Cleanses your system – detoxifying and alkalizing.
NOTE:  I always use organic, making sure to wash their skins before use. You can also freeze lemons whole and grate them into teas, meals, smoothies or onto salads to add a zesty and flavorful zip to anything you desire!Freshens your breath.


I you do not have any honey and want to have a delicious tasty lemony drink, Check out what other benefits one cup of fresh lemon juice adds to a plain glass of water. Here are some lemon water nutrition facts:
61 calories
3 grams protein
6 grams sugar
0 grams fat
112 milligrams vitamin C (187 percent DV)
303 milligrams potassium (9 percent DV)
31.7 micrograms folate (8 percent DV)
0.1 milligrams vitamin B6 (6 percent DV)
0.1 milligrams thiamin (5 percent DV)
0.1 milligrams copper (4 percent DV)
1 gram fiber (4 percent DV)
14.6 milligrams magnesium (4 percent DV)
0.4 milligrams vitamin E (2 percent DV)




The various health benefits of this amazing root are given below:
Ginger is known to boost bone health and relieve joint pain. Two years ago, a study was conducted by the University of Miami that had several patients from different backgrounds and ages, who suffered from symptoms of osteoarthritis.

The patients have then weaned away from anti-inflammatory and analgesic medications for cleansing purposes. A week later, they were split into two groups; one was put on a placebo and the other on ginger supplements.

After six weeks of intensive dosage, a survey was conducted among the two groups. Both groups felt improvement, but 63% of the ginger group felt a notable pain reduction, while only half of the placebo group recorded notable improvement.

The last test was for the patients to walk the distance of 50 feet, which proved to be far easier for the ginger group and their results showed twice as much improvement than the test subjects who were on placebos.

Ginger has a number of unique organic compounds, which have actually been named gingerols, and these are powerful anti-inflammatory compounds found in food.

These gingerols have been directly associated with improvements in knee inflammation and associated pain, as well as suppressing the inflammatory compounds like cytokines and chemokines at the source before they can begin to affect the body. Ginger represents both a preventative measure and a treatment for inflammation and its associated pain.

Ginger belongs to the Zingiberaceae family, and is closely related to turmeric, cardomon and galangal.

The rhizome (underground part of the stem) is the part commonly used as a spice. It is often called ginger root, or simply ginger.

Ginger has a very long history of use in various forms of traditional/alternative medicine. It has been used to help digestion, reduce nausea and help fight the flu and common cold, to name a few.

Ginger can be used fresh, dried, powdered, or as an oil or juice, and is sometimes added to processed foods and cosmetics. It is a very common ingredient in recipes.

The unique fragrance and flavor of ginger come from its natural oils, the most important of which is gingerol.

Gingerol is the main bioactive compound in ginger, responsible for much of its medicinal properties. It has powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects.

I prefer using the root, but when in a pinch, I use the ground powder and found it works well too, but I think the root has stronger nutritional properties as it is fresher.


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