Here are my organic immune enhancers, viral and bacteria fighters; Lemons, Raw Honey, Ginger, Tumeric and Garlic. I made up a batch of tea today boiling; Lemons, Ginger, and Tumeric for several minutes.
I then poured some into my cup, added some of my mixture of minced garlic and raw honey for a natural antibiotic. I take 1-2 tsp of the garlic/honey mixture throughout my day to help fight off whatever infection is present in my body.
I mince 4-5 large cloves of garlic and mix it into a few Tablespoons of Raw Honey and use throughout my day to help in preventing infections during the Winter too.
I suddenly came down with an upper respiratory illness and it caught me off guard as I have not yet purchased elderberries yet for my annual syrup to help ward off Winter ills.
Well, guessing it really did catch me by surprise, but as I am reading fb, many other people are coming down with upper respiratory infections. Mine began with a deep barking cough, a slight fever, sinus drainage and a general blah feeling.
Here are just a few benefits of regularly consuming the above ingredients to help in maintaining our health and wellness, while also warding off viral and bacterial infections aiding in flushing these foreign agents from our bodies.
In addition to vitamin C, garlic also contains vitamin B6, manganese and selenium, which also give the immune system a boost. What’s more is that antimicrobial and antioxidant properties also help to keep us free from illness, making garlic a great supplement for supporting good health.
A 2014 paper published in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews cited a study that assessed 146 participants over a three‐month period to ascertain the impact that garlic had on patients suffering from cold and cough.
As part of the study, the total number of participants were divided into two equal groups. While one group took a placebo tablet, the other group took a garlic tablet at the same time. At the end of the study, it was noted that people who took garlic every day for three months instead of a placebo had fewer bouts of cold.
Eating raw garlic cloves helps treat colds and coughs. At the very onset of a cold eating, at least two crushed cloves may help in lessening the severity of your cold.
Tumeric fights inflammation and can reduce it when dealing with coughs and colds in the lungs and mucus cavities that become swollen in respiratory illnesses. It also has antioxidant properties, fighting free radicals in our bodies, working to eliminate and help flush them out of our bodies.
Raw honey is a strong antibacterial agent to prevent illnesses, but also is possible to shorten ones you come down with.
Prevent cancer and heart disease. It contains flavonoids, antioxidants which help reduce the risk of some cancers and heart disease. Reduce ulcers and other gastrointestinal disorders. Recent research shows that honey treatment may help disorders such as ulcers and bacterial gastroenteritis.
Raw honey has been shown to be as effective in treating coughs as over-the-counter commercial cough syrups. Increasing scientific evidence shows that a single dose of honey can reduce mucus secretion and coughs. In one study, honey was just as effective as diphenhydramine and dextromethorphan, common ingredients found in over-the counter cough medicines.
For a cough, a half teaspoon to two teaspoons of honey at bedtime is a studied and recommended dosage for anyone over the age of one.
Raw honey also boosts our immune systems and raises antioxidant levels in our bodies to help block free radicals from causing disease.
Lemon juice can treat a person who is suffering from a cold, flu or fever. It helps break fevers by increasing perspiration. Lemons also fight inflammation and the perspiration is a detoxing effect of washing out toxins and invaders in our bodies. They also boost our immune systems helping to ward off disease conditions.
Gingerol, the bioactive substance in fresh ginger, can help lower the risk of infections.
In fact, ginger extract can inhibit the growth of many different types of bacteria.
It is very effective against the oral bacteria linked to inflammatory diseases in the gums, such as gingivitis and periodontitis.
Fresh ginger may also be effective against the RSV virus, a common cause of respiratory infections.
HOMEMADE IMMUNITY TEA:
I often make up my own tea using chopped Ginger root, Tumeric powder (or chopped root) and sliced lemons in filtered water. I use my own judgement to how much I put in, but I pour a gallon of filtered water in a large pan.
I then put in roughly 2-3 TBS of Tumeric Powder, several slices of Ginger root (you can use powder) and 3-4 sliced lemons. I use all Organically grown herbs and produce with all my recipes. I then boil and allow this mixture to simmer for about 10-15 minutes.
Using a strainer I pour this mixture into glass canning jars to cool, then place in the refrigerator to drink during the day. You can add a bit of raw honey to each jar after it is done simmering if you desire.
While these ingredients are beneficial for respiratory conditions, they also benefit us in helping to prevent disease states aiding in maintaining the health we currently have.
We have been gifted with one life and being stewards of our bodies is an important and vital element to consider in what we are consuming on a regular basis. Reflect on how you can use foods to boost your immune system, ward off disease, helping you to live the best possible life you have been given.
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Here is to our health and wellness! If you have any recipes using these ingredients, please share them with us in the ‘Penny for your thoughts’ section below.