Honey and Common Cold
Personally, whenever I feel a normal cold coming on I run for a glass of hot water, a teaspoon of local clover honey and half of a lemon.
Add everything but the lemon peel- as this is hard to swallow-little humor there- please forgive me. Once it's cool enough, enjoy the beverage
three to four times a day until the cold goes away. Please note that children under the age of one can not process the bacteria found in honey and it could make them extremely sick.
Honey and Strep Throat
Honey and Sinus Infection
When the cold gets nasty. Okay, I hate the oncoming of spring. It seems this is the time I am prone to sinus problems. Out comes the slice of lemon, a teaspoon of local raised honey, freshly shaved fresh ginger and lemon grass. I was upset when the store stopped carrying lemon grass so I will grow my own and dry it. About a 1/2 a teaspoon of each. Steep this in a cup of hot water for five minutes and drink. When you are ready for you next cup add hot water- do not microwave your lemon and ginger- it will kill the vitamins according to what I have read. Better to be safe than vitamin-less. Add more honey and you are set for the next delicious cup of tea.
Don't throw away those peels. Instead skin the ginger peels straight into a shallow amount of water in a pot. Add the lemon peels. Peel half an orange and shuck them in there. You can enjoy the vitamin-c rich fruit for breakfast. Add some lemon grass. Bring to a boil. Take the pot off the heat, put a towel over your head and breathe in the vitamin rich vapors. You can also freeze this and boil it up again for when you are so sick making it fresh feels impossible. I would also suppose you can dehydrate the ingredients and put them together in a zip-lock or vacuum seal baggie, too. I have not tried this, yet, but, if freezer space is limited, might work.
On a side note: I failed to mention to take the pot off the stove to a guy friend many years ago and he used a towel to help inhale the mix. Yes, the towel caught fire and he complained the steam was too hot. Imagine that. However, all the blackheads on his forehead wiped away and his skin looked radiant. He was a fireman so he figured out how to put himself out and all was well.