This old fashioned home remedy is soothing and gives a gentle immune boost through vitamin C from fresh lemons, garlic, and honey. It’s perfect during recover from a cold, cough, or sore throat.
There have been a lot of colds and flus going around lately, but I’ve found this simple drink to be helpful when fighting something off. I have caught a few within the last month. BUT, with two of them I drank this tea, rested and drank a lot of water, and the next day was pretty much back to normal. Not bad results for such a simple routine.
However, on Friday, I thought I was catching a cold, but didn’t bother doing anything. By that night, I had a very sore throat. My husband offered to make me this tea, but I told him not to bother since it was so late. I woke up in the wee hours of the morning, with a running nose, ringing ears, throbbing sinuses, a painful throat, and an achy body. I was very sick. It was a lesson to me to always start immune boosting techniques right away!
I was truthfully so sick I thought I was going to be quite sick for a long while (or even have to go to the doctor). But using this tea, some other supplements, and hydro and heat therapy for my face and ears, I was actually back on my feet again the next day! I am still not all the way better yet (that’s what I get for delaying treatment), but I am still amazed at how quickly I have improved.
While it’s effectiveness does depend on your immune system, how bad of a bug you are fighting and whether you rest, among other things, this tea has certainly worked well for me. And it’s no wonder- garlic, honey, lemon juice, and coconut oil are all powerful immune boosters. I drink two batches of this a day when fighting off a cold.
Disclaimer: I share this as a soothing home remedy. Please consult your health care provider when sick or adding in supplements, making dietary changes, etc.
Garlic, Honey, and Lemon Tea
Update: Some readers found this amount of garlic harsh on their tummy. If you have really large garlic cloves, or are more sensitive to the garlic, cut back to 6 cloves or less.
8-12 cloves of crushed and peeled garlic, simmered in two cups of water for 10 minutes.
Strain. Add into the strained water
The juice from one fresh lemon
and honey to taste.
For even more immune boosting power, add 1-3 tablespoons of coconut oil at the end, and let it dissolve into the tea, before drinking.
Sip slowly throughout the day, or drink a half cup every hour
Super simple 1 cup version: Sometimes when you are really ill, you need a very simple version to make for yourself. Here is what I will do. Pour 1 cup of hot water over 3 crushed and peeled garlic cloves. Steep for five minutes. Stir in a teaspoon or so of honey, and add half the juice from one lemon.
This post is part of Keeper of the Home’s Natural Home Remedies Carnival