After 100 years being shunned from the recreational and therapeutic communities thanks to excessive and…
Don’t let the winter blues get you down this year. Stock up on all the items in this age old natural Honey and Lemon Sore Throat Remedy and keep them close to hand all winter long to make sure that your throat stays healthy and podcast-ready until the gods of spring reappear sometime in May! Jump to The Ultimate Honey and Lemon Sore Throat Remedy recipe here.
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The Ultimate Honey and Lemon Sore Throat Remedy
This Natural Sore Throat Remedy Recipe is the essential winter go to when you are starting to get that familiar tickle in the throat. It is chocked full of delicious Honey and Lemon to both soothe and relieve a pesky sore throat that is stopping you from getting your natter on!
If you are anything like me you need your most prized instrument, your voice, to be kept in good working order. As someone who has always been plagued by annoyingly recurring throat issues it is always a pain when I notice that I can feel the early stages of a throat and voice episode.
Unfortunately, it actually seems to happen to me almost every winter – however, not to be defeated – they say forewarned is forearmed! In this instance it is definitely true, as every year nowadays I get myself prepared for the inevitable and make sure that I have brewed up a healthy dose of this delicious lemon, ginger, turmeric (of course darling), Manuka Honey, Himalayan salt and cinnamon tea to keep that pesky tickle at bay.
Each one of these lovely ingredients are so power packed with essential vitamins and minerals and soothing qualities to help your pesky throat woes.
What is in the Honey and Lemon Sore Throat Remedy?
Lemon (Citrus limon), is a Mediterranean native citrus species of plants forming part of the Rutaceae botanical family. It has formed part of a naturalists medical cabinet for thousands of years for its antibacterial properties and as it is rich in vitamin C, it also boosts the immune system.
It holds a prominent position in the botanicals used for both food and medicinal uses. Lemons have immense health benefits including anti-oxidative, antiulcer, antihelmintic, insecticidal, anticancer, cytotoxic, and estrogenic activities. In addition, lemon extracts possess hepatoprotective, anti-hyperglycemic, and antimicrobial properties.
In a recent study it was discovered that in the 24 hours that passed after subjects gargled honey and lemon water there was a significant reduction in the cough, hoarseness, and sore throat symptoms being experienced by the experimental group. Good to know!
Similarly to Lemon, Ginger has formed part of the medical food basket for centuries and for good reason. It has been an antibacterial staple in the African, Indian and Chinese remedy traditions for generations and the healers of these regions were really onto something.
In a study undertaken in 2019 it was confirmed that ginger is packed full of medicinal prosperities that have immense health benefits for common ailments such as arthritis, cramps, sprains, sore throats, rheumatism, muscular aches, pains, vomiting, constipation, indigestion, hypertension, dementia, fever and infectious diseases.
Furthermore it is a known treatment due to its properties such as anti-inflammatory, anti-apoptotic, anti-tumour activities, anti-pyretic, anti-platelet, anti-tumourigenic, anti-hyperglycaemic, antioxidant anti-diabetic, anti-clotting and analgesic properties, cardiotonic, cytotoxic.
Ginger contains compounds such as Fe, Mg, Ca, vitamin C, flavonoids, phenolic compounds (gingerdiol, gingerol, gingerdione and shogaols), sesquiterpenes, paradols and as such it has long been used as an herbal medicine to treat various symptoms. And the beauty is that it is easy to grow an infinite supply yourself right in your own home.
All you need is to buy a ginger root, slice it into large chunks, soak it in water overnight. The next morning you can place the soaked root pieces directly into a pot of quality compost soil and place it near a window for some light. Pretty soon you will notice some healthy shoots start to pop up in search of the light. After several weeks you will have a healthy harvest of homegrown ginger root for yourself.
It would be impossible to write a recipe for any kind of remedy without mentioning Turmeric. This wonder-plant seems to have skyrocketed to stardom over the last few years as a fix all and essential addition to pretty much anything and everything from a dog that won’t bark to cancer curing. No matter what the problem seems to me, the answer comes back invariably… more turmeric!
All joking aside though, turmeric does kind of deserve all the praise I’m afraid.
Turmeric (Curcuma longa) is a well-known indigenous herbal medicine. Its major constituents, curcumin, various curcuminoids, curcuma oil – particularly dl-ar-turmerone – exhibit a wide range of biological activities, e.g. anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, hypolipidemic, hepatoprotective, lipoxygenase, cycloxy genase, protease inhibitory effects, besides being effective active oxygen species scavengers and lipid peroxidase inhibit.
In doing research for this article I came across a superb study that cited the ancient nature of the medicinal uses for Turmeric and highlights that there has been a global shift taking place for many years now that sees medicine reverting back to the natural practices of the ancients due to the efficacy and the simplicity of the natural solutions.
In using Turmeric for this remedy it could not be easier. I would encourage you to try to attain the fresh root of the plant as a preference to the dried and ground version which we typically use for cooking as it will retain more of the oils and liquids which will steep in the hot water of the tea and therefore absorb into the system more readily.
As with Ginger above, Turmeric is actually very easy to grow, all you need is to repeat the process as with the ginger root and you can have a lifetime supply of Turmeric right in your own home.
Manuka honey is literally one of the most phenomenal medicinal products in the world. Generally, the use of honey has been known for its therapeutic properties from ancient civilizations. However, recently the emergence of, what some consider the most superior honey in the world, Manuka honey has exhaled itself in very specific area such as wound healing, epithelial regeneration, and ulcer treatments. But it doesn’t end there with Manuka.
Manuka honey has been found to have various biological activities, including antioxidant, antimicrobial and anti-proliferative capacities.
It is now understood, thanks to the seemingly tireless studies undertaken on the Medical uses of Makua, the chemical composition of this honey has a unique combination of flavonoids, polyphenol, and other bioactive trace compounds -all which are used in tissue regeneration. This then leads to the following logical step that Manuka honey can inhibit the process of carcinogenesis by controlling different molecular processes, and progression of cancer cells.
For these reasons, the entire Honey and Lemon Sore Throat Remedy would probably be complete just with the Manuka honey and some hot water! But alas, we have more ingredients to add if for no other purpose than taste.
Salt in moderation is generally recognised as an important addition in both ancient and modern times. It is well-known that a certain intake of salt is necessary for human and animal health and has been linked to cramps among other ailments.
Regarding Himalayan Salt in particular studies have identified that in addition to the regular sodium chloride crystals found in everyday salt, 9 other elements were detected in addition to the main constituents of the rock salt. These were oxygen, magnesium, aluminium, silicon, sulfur, potassium, calcium, iron and fluorine. Moreover, as this product is far less refined than usual table salt, the beautiful rosy-pink hue of Himalayan salt is natural, coming from trace amounts of iron oxide.
As a result, a small grind or a drop of a few crystals into your Honey and Lemon Sore Throat Remedy will infuse the entire beverage with essential minerals for healthy human function.
Last but not least on the list if ingredients on the Honey and Lemon Sore Throat Remedy is the delicious and somewhat Christmas-y Cinnamon. Natively from Sri Lanka, use of this delicious tree back dates back thousands of years as with most of the ingredients on this list. Even then it was a coveted and very expensive commodity. A fact that is well documented . In fact, writing that has survived by Pliny the Elder from the first century A.D., confirmed that 350 grams of cinnamon was equal in value to more than five kilograms of silver. This is about about fifteen times the value of silver per weight!
We may think of this as being unconscionable in this day and age when we can literally pop down to almost any supermarket and pick up a little bottle of sticks or ground cinnamon for a few dollars. Notwithstanding, this commodity has a long and varied history.
As a medicinal plant, however, in both traditional and modern medicine Cinnamon is considered as a complementary agent for controlling symptoms of diabetes, the metabolic syndrome, and other conditions.
In the past decade, numerous clinical trials investigated the efficacy of cinnamon supplementation in alleviating hyperglycaemia, dyslipidaemia, polycystic ovary syndrome, and certain inflammation-associated conditions. It is these inflammatory disorders that are the cause for us to have included it in this delicious Honey and Lemon Sore Throat Remedy as it is often the inflammation that causes such discomfort to the sufferer.
The Ultimate Honey and Lemon Sore Throat Remedy Recipe
The ingredients in this recipe are actually very simple to make and it only takes a few minutes to throw together. Let’s take a step by step look at the process:
- Boil the kettle to get the hot water ready
- Grab your favourite mug (make sure it is large enough to fit all the good bits in) – Check out my favourite mug here.
- Start with some big juicy unwaxed lemons, preferably organic. It is really important to choose unwaxed lemons especially if you are going to simply cut and pop around half a lemon into the mixture. I usually do this after giving it a good squeeze.
- Next grab the Ginger and Turmeric roots. If using fresh then simply slice the root into several chunks or slices, whatever is your preference. I have also often used a grater to add these two into the remedy as I feel that it derives more flavour from less from the root itself. If using the ground variety, simply grab a measuring spoon (check these beautiful Maison Cash ceramic ones here)
- Following this we add in the Manuka Honey which I can only advise to do guided by taste. I prefer to keep my honey in a Ceramic Honey pot so that the drizzlier allows me to measure out the same about of honey every time, thus, adding two drizzles worth of honey to the remedy per person seems to suit.
- Then we are left to add a few grinds or rocks of Himalayan Salt and the Cinnamon.
- For the Cinnamon I prefer to use the sticks as I feel that it preserves more of the oil and flavour of the Cinnamon. In which case I would take a stick and crumble it into the Honey and Lemon Sore Throat Remedy mixture as much as you like as per taste. Never too little.
Conclusion – Honey and Lemon Sore Throat Remedy
I hope you love this Honey and Lemon Sore Throat Remedy as much as I do. It is never far from my mind during the winter months that the regular ailment of the dreaded voicelessness and enduring discomfort my come upon me at amy moment. Any time I find myself outside on a cold and windy day it immediately dawns on me that I am likely to awake to a concerning tickle in the throat the following day.
If, or shall I say when, this next happens to you, or me, I wold of course highly recommend grabbing a suitable saucepan and having a try of this delicious and soothing Honey and Lemon Sore Throat Remedy.
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