As my husband and I came down with some sort of viral illness the past few days I have been ramping up my homemade remedies. I am usually quite diligent in keeping these handy, but slacked off this year thinking all the viral infections were passed us, but guessing not as have heard a new strain of the flu is circulating.
Whether you are ill presently or not, prevention is always the best strategy in maintaining our health and wellbeing. The above jar shows my freshly made tea and I enjoyed drinking what was left over from this batch I made today.
Dinking of cup of this tea certainly perked up my energy a bit and it was so tasty!
Ginger has a long history of being used in lots of medicinal treatments, and that doesn’t mean it’s one of those ingredients used in nonsensical medicine. The root or stem known as the rhizome is packed with phenolic compounds that helps improve your digestive system, when consumed regularly.
Ginger is also able to reduce the feeling of nausea, and bolster your body’s immune system to combat the common cold, flu and other similar problems. If you’re feeling bad, you can count on ginger to perk you up!
RAW HONEY BENEFITS
Raw honey contains antioxidants called phenolic compounds. Antioxidants help to protect our bodies from cell damage due to free radicals.
Free radicals contribute to the aging process and may also contribute to the development of chronic diseases such as cancer and heart disease. Dark bold honey may not always be appealing to everyone in terms of taste, but it has more mineral (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).
LEMON JUICE BENEFITS
Since I use a lot of lemon juice on a daily basis, I found it more economical and easier to purchase it already made. I do buy organic lemons when in season though as I enjoy grating them into my finished Tea as their skins add nutritional benefits.
The particular brand that is shown above also has organic Lemon oil added to it.
Lemon juice can treat a person who is suffering from a cold, flu or fever. It helps break fevers by increasing perspiration. Lemon is a fruit that contains flavonoids, which are composites that contain antioxidant and cancer-fighting properties.
The health benefits of lemons are due to its many nourishing elements like vitamin C, vitamin B6, vitamin A, vitamin E, folate, niacin, thiamin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, copper, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, zinc, phosphorus, and protein.
1 1/2 Quarts filtered water
Sliced ginger (I use plenty as love the flavor)
Orange peels (I used Mandarin Organge peels)
Tea leaves of your choice (I used Rose Hips, Elderberry, Lemon Grass, Elderflowers)
Boil water and put in all ingredient and turn down flame to simmer for 15 minutes. Take off stove and allow to cool. When still warm, strain into mason jars, or container of your choosing, and stir in dark raw honey, adding some organic lemon juice, grated lemon, or freshly squeezed juice from lemons.
I buy organic ginger when it is on sale and freeze it in parchment paper and put them all in a Ziploc freezer bag, taking out when needed. This way I always have plenty on hand as this is a common spice used in my household.
I also freeze whole organic lemons by putting them in a Ziplock freezer bag (making sure they are washed and dried) as I grate these taking opportunity to make use of the added nutritional benefits in their skins.
Let me know how you use these ingredients and any results you have noticed in regularly consuming products such as the above ones!
Lorraine Taylor – Kitchen Delights to add to your bounty of homemade recipes!
Glad to share these kitchen delights from my home to yours!