Friday, November 9, 2012

Honey Lemon Cure-All

We've had some kind of cold going around the family and my kids have been going through this stuff like crazy.  It's very simply lemons and raw honey.  This particular large mason jar holds three sliced lemons and 16 ounces of honey.  We keep it in the refrigerator and use it like a tea.  Just place a couple slices of the honey marinated lemon in a mug along with 1 or 2 tablespoons of the liquid.  Pour hot water in the mug and stir to mix.  It tastes like hot lemonade and works great for coughs, congestion, and sore throats.  The kids have been drinking it in the morning with breakfast and it really does the trick.  Here's a little factoid for you; both lemon and honey have anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties, which is why this stuff works so well.  I love that this elixir is 100% all natural. (As this uses raw honey, do not give this to children younger than 2 as recommended by pediatricians)

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Teresa said...

Nice! We make something similar with lemon juice, brown sugar, and ground ginger. Would the honey have to be raw?

Maurisa said...

No, Teresa, it does not necessarily need to be raw honey, but if you want all the antibacterial benefits honey can provide, it is better if it is raw. I found raw honey was actually less expensive than processed honey at our commissary, which actually surprised me. Local honey also tends to be more beneficial than national brand honey.

Teresa said...

Thanks! Yeah, I know raw honey is better, just wondering about a baby-friendly version. Also I don't think our on-campus convenience store sells raw anything. :p