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Cold curing lemon, garlic and ginger drink
The magical cold and flu curing lemon, garlic and ginger drink
As a teacher, I'm subjected to a lot of bugs and viruses throughout the year, especially during the winter months, and I find that I catch a lot of colds and end up feeling under the weather quite often. I came across a recipe for a lemon and garlic drink in a friend's cook book and decided to modify it a bit to make the ultimate cold-busting drink. Have one of these as soon as you feel the onset of cold or flu and it works like magic. You will smell a bit garlicky, but if you were going to have the day off ill anyway, it is well worth it.
Warning: This drink isn't the tastiest drink ever. I'm sure there are some people out there who will like it, but taste isn't the point. It's drinkable and very good for your immune system.
Photo courtesy of Jason Rogers - wikimedia commons
Why is this recipe so good?
This recipe works so well because of the four magic ingredients: lemon, garlic, ginger and honey.
Lemons: The ancient Egyptians believed that lemon juice gave protection against a variety of illnesses and poisons and it's not difficult to see why. Among the many super ingredients of the lemon are citric acid, calcium, magnesium and vitamin c, all of which are proven to help your body fight illness and infection. It's also a digestive aid.
Garlic: Garlic is a well know health aid. Walk into the health section of any chemist or supermarket and you will find garlic tablets of some sort. Among its many health benefits, garlic aids in boosting the immune system and many old wives tales suggest taking garlic as a cure for colds and other ailments.
Ginger: Another ingredient well know for its health benefits, ginger has historically been used to fight all kinds of ailments. Although there is no scientific proof to its cold fighting benefits, it is anti-inflammatory and great for helping to clear out the nasal passages. Just have a good breathe in of the vapours before you drink. I find ginger unbelievably good at stopping a runny nose.
Honey: Honey is great for soothing the throat and good quality honey contains many B vitamins, which help in boosting the immune system and providing your body with energy.
Photo of garlic courtesy of Kpjas - wikimedia commons
You can chop and dice garlic with a knife if you like, but it's so much quicker and easier using a garlic crusher. It's great for breaking the garlic up and allowing the flavours out into your cooking.
A pan for heating the water with a lip to make pouring easier.
- Prep time: 5 min
- Ready in: 5 min
- Yields: 1
- 1 glove of garlic
- Juice of one lemon (concentrated lemon is fine)
- 1 teaspoon grated ginger
- 1 teaspoon honey
- 1 mugful of water
- 1. Heat the water up to boiling in a saucepan.
- 2. Meanwhile crush the garlic.
- 3. Add the garlic and ginger to the boiling water and allow to simmer for 3-4 minutes.
- 4. Strain the mixture into a mug and add lemon and honey to taste.
Did this recipe help?
I find this recipe helps every time. It may not completely cure the cold, but it makes me feel a lot better. What about you? Did it work for you?
Did this recipe help cure your cold/flu?
Alternatively, if you have left it too late and you feel too ill to do anything which remotely feels like cooking, try some ready made ginger drinks. I buy a drink called Rochester Ginger from Holland and Barrett (an English chain of health shops). It's amazing and stops my nose running almost completely.
If you are concerned about the garlic odour, try chewing on a sprig of parsley or drinking a cup of tea or full-fat milk.
Alternatively, you can leave the garlic out of the recipe. The drink will still help, but not be quite as effective.