Many of the herbs and foods commonly used from Bible days on, along with old fashioned home remedies your Mom or Grandma used, when used properly, can be your body’s best and least costly defense against colds and the flu. These remedies also help to minimize the misery if you do get a cold or the flu.
Ginger: The ancient Romans imported vast quantities of ginger and taxed it heavily because it was in such high demand. At that time, spices were expensive because they were so scarce. Ginger was costly for just the opposite reason—because it was plentiful and everyone wanted it, so they taxed it. It was eaten mostly dry, since fresh ginger would have been hard to transport. Like today, they used it to settle their tummies.
Steep several slices of fresh ginger root in hot water, lemon juice and honey and sip for an extra health boost or to soothe a cough or scratchy throat.
Honey: It’s mentioned over 50 times in the Bible – remember ” a land flowing with milk and honey …” in Exodus. (Exodus 3:8). That’s when the
Lord told Moses that He heard the sorrows of His people in Egypt and He was coming to deliver them from the Egyptians and to take them into a good land, a large land, a land “flowing with milk and honey. It is known to bolster the immune system. A daily dose of honey can help you to feel energetic and stay healthy. It also has antibacterial and antimicrobial properties; if you do develop a sore or scratchy throat, honey will soothe and help heal. (Do not give honey to children under 1 year of age.) bbb
Lemons: There’s a legend that says Nero drank lots of lemon juice to keep him protected from being poisoned by his enemies. They were introduced to Persia, Iraq and Egypt around 700 AD.
Lemon trees were mainly ornamental in Islamic gardens. By 200 AD lemons were all over the Arab world and the Mediterranean.
They are loaded with vitamin C, which is known to support the body’s natural defenses. Lemon juice can decrease the strength of the cold and flu virus in the body and reduce phlegm. Add lemon juice to your tea or make hot or cold lemonade with honey to stay well, build resistance to cold and flu, and speed up healing if you do get a cold or the flu.
Garlic: Book of Numbers (11:5) – the Israelites, during their flight from Egypt, missed these foods grown in Egypt. Eaten as a vegetable during Bible times. Garlic contains the immune-boosting compound allicin, also know to relieve cold and flu symptoms.
Peppermint: a tithing herb can be made into a tea. It’s full of nutrients that help the body fight off illness. It also can act as an expectorant, helping the body to cough up mucous.
Soothing lemon tea
Good for sore throats and colds or anytime you need a pick-me-up. Lemons are anti-viral, anti-bacterial and loaded with vitamin C for immune system health. Honey is a traditional remedy for sore throats.
And if you like, chop up some fresh ginger and add that, as well. Good for the tummy!
Juice of 1 lemon
1 cup of very warm water
Honey to taste
Tip: Freeze lemons/limes whole.
Just thaw, and you’ll get lots of juice.
Lemon and Honey Throat Syrup
When granddaughter Emerson was visiting yesterday, she had a scratchy throat. I let her make this “potion” with healing lemon and honey. She loved it so much she wanted to drink it!
No real recipe here, but I just pour some fresh lemon juice into a bowl, add organic, local honey to taste and stir with a whisk. Take a teaspoonful as needed throughout the day. Store in the frig. If you like, heat it up a bit for a warm syrup.