Having a cold isn’t the worst thing in the world but it definitely is something that most people like to avoid as much as humanly possible! And if you’re like me, it’s nice to have options on hand that help decrease the likelihood that the tiny scratchy feeling in the back of your throat will develop into a full blown cold or at least decrease the severity of the symptoms.
This mixture works because ginger had been shown to decrease the adherence of viruses onto mucosal cells, the acidity in lime can help decrease bacterial load, and honey is an amazing mucosal protective agent and had been shown in multiple studies to help decrease cough. What’s even better is that this takes just minutes to throw together and you’ll get enough to sip on throughout the entire day. (On the flip side, I must be honest and warn you that it doesn’t have the best taste…but hey, it’s better than dealing with a cold for an entire week!)
- 2 inches grated ginger
- Juice from 1 whole lime
- 1 liter water, boiled
- 1-2 tablespoons honey, optional
1. Grate your ginger into a large mixing bowl.
2. Pour your hot water over the ginger and let sit for 5-10 minutes.
3. Squeeze in your lime juice into the ginger tea you just made.
4. Strain the mixture with a cheesecloth (optional) and transfer to a 1 liter bottle.
5. Optional: sweeten with honey and shake well. (I usually only add honey if I also have a cough but I’m not going to lie, it tastes pretty bad without the honey!)