Eating real food means you will be healthy 100% of the time. The sniffles? No way! Not when you eat real food.
I think that mentality and teaching are a huge fallacy of eating real, organic, farm-to-table, whatever people may want to call it today. Here’s the thing, we all live in a world full of outside environmental factors, so even if we only surround ourselves with organic fruits and veggies, pastured meats, and homemade everything, we are still human and live in a world with fellow humans and many other factors. Every single one of us will eventually catch a case of the sniffles, despite our diet or more natural cleaning products. It’s just part of this amazing experience we call life.
That said, I believe real food has the amazing ability to nourish the body and keep us healthy. This means that even though we may still need a box of tissues from time to time, Illness probably won’t come knocking as much as she used to in the past. I’m sure Illness can also be a man, but let’s go with she for today’s discussion, okay?
I’ve personally found this to be true in my family’s real food journey. The better we eat, the better we feel, and the fewer illnesses we catch and spread. And when Mrs. Sniffles or Mrs. Stomach Bug come knocking, she doesn’t stay for as long as she used to thanks to the nourishment and healing found via real food.
The good news is that when Mrs. Sniffles comes for a visit, and you know she’s probably planning to stay long and invite her friends, there are a few natural ways to encourage her to leave. I don’t want to be rude and call anybody names, but Mrs. Sniffles is sort of a party pooper. Sorry, we have a five year-old son…poop, pooper, and anything that remotely resembles that word has become part of normal vocabulary during this season of life.
So, she’s a party pooper, and we need simple ways to coax her to leave. Let’s talk about that, because today’s recipe is just the remedy we need to encourage her to pack up and leave!
At the first signs of a cold, I turn to a simple homemade tea recipe made with 100% natural, real food ingredients: honey, lemon, ginger, and mineral-rich salt. This tea, Soothing Honey and Lemon Sore Throat Tea, is soothing (thanks to the honey), boasts a healthy amount of Vitamin C (thanks to the lemon), helps relieve a sore throat (thanks to the anti-inflammatory properties, gingerols and shogaols, in ginger), and provides a touch of beneficial minerals to a tired body (hey, salt!). Pretty impressive for a cup of tea that costs about a buck (or much less depending on your ingredient prices) per cup and takes only 5 minutes to make. That’s my kind of natural remedy: simple and fast!
While this tea may be labeled sore throat tea, it can also be enjoyed as an immune-loving early morning drink (alongside coffee ;)), or just as an afternoon pick-me-up. No sore throat required!
Along with a cup of Soothing Honey and Lemon Sore Throat Tea, I also use a few other natural remedies to encourage Mrs. Sniffles to move on her less-than-merry way: elderberry syrup (I keep this around in the winter and take it daily), homemade vapor rub (for congestion), eucalyptus essential oil in the diffuser, homemade juice made with lots of fruits and veggies, and lots of rest. Using these remedies, Mrs. Sniffles usually gets the idea that she’s not a welcome guest and moves on.
Hopefully she doesn’t decide to knock on your door next, but if she does, you’ll know how to quickly say “good-bye.”
Soothing Honey and Lemon Sore Throat Tea
- 1 cup hot water
- fresh ginger two 1/2 inch slices
- 1/2 lemon about 1 TB of juice
- 1 TB honey
- In a mug, add the hot water, lemon (squeeze the juice into the water first, then add the lemon), ginger slices, honey, and a pinch of salt. Stir the ingredients to dissolve the honey. Let the tea steep for about 5 minutes to infuse the ginger. After five minutes, press the ginger down to the bottom of the mug to help bring out the "juice." There's no need to strain the tea after it's done steeping.
- Alternatively, you can make a stronger tea by boiling the water and ginger slices on the stove-top for 10 minutes. Then, add the remaining ingredients.
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