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Health from the Bible for colds and flu

Soothing Lemon Tea with honey from my bees

Soothing Lemon Tea with honey from my bees

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!

Stir together:
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, Ginger and Honey Cough Syrup
A couple ways to do it:

Add organic, chopped up lemons to some organic, raw, honey. If you like, add some smashed ginger root for helping sooth the tummy and for anti-inflammatory properties. Smoosh everything together with a spoon to release the nutrition and healthful qualities of the lemon and ginger into the honey. Now you can either let it sit on the counter a bit, or bring it to a very low simmer on top of the stove. Add a shake of cayenne pepper to break up congestion. Cool, bottle and refrigerate. Take a teaspoonful or so as needed throughout the day.

Or, even easier: 

I just cut up an organic lemon in chunks  (first, roll it around on the counter to soften and release juices) and then cover with raw honey, smooching the lemon down into the honey. I’ll sometimes add fresh ginger root, grated or smashed and cayenne pepper to help congestion.

This is best used after a few days – store in frig.  It’s also good added to tea.




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