Family sickness is going around and even though “sharing” is usually a good trait, in this case I don’t want anyone to share their germs with me because I haven’t got sick. Actually, I started to feel like I was going to come down with the crud, but I made some of my concoction and *waalaa* I didn’t get sick! This isn’t the first time that I’ve beat a cold or relieved the symptoms of the flu by drinking my homemade natural remedy juice, so I’m believing that once again I have cheated an illness.
Selfishness isn’t one of my traits, so I’m going to share my recipe for the cold and flu fighter. It is also delicious to drink even if you aren’t getting sick. Part of the reason it works to fight the symptoms of a cold and flu is because lemons are immune-boosters. Each ingredient in the homemade cold and flu remedy serves a purpose and has a healing effect. Let me show you how to make this great naturally healing juice.
Homemade Natural Remedy Juice For Fighting Cold And Flu Sickness
Is your nose starting to get the sniffles? Maybe you just feel achy all over or are starting to get a fever and chills. Even if you are just nauseated, this juice remedy will help you feel better and will boost the natural healing powers of your body.
Start with a quart Mason or Ball Canning Jar and a fresh organic lemon and lime. Of course, if you don’t have organic fruit, use the non-organic fruit. I just try to buy organic as much as possible to aid in the healthier diet which was inspired by my allergy to all grain. Put the washed fruit in the microwave for fifty seconds.
While the fruit is getting warm, add salt to the canning jar.
Also add ginger. I didn’t have any fresh ginger on hand, so I had to resort to the ground ginger which really doesn’t taste anything like the fresh ginger. However, since I was in a pinch, ground ginger had to suffice.
The rule of thumb for replacing fresh ginger with ground ginger is: 1/8 teaspoon of ground ginger for every tablespoon of fresh ginger. For the record, fresh ginger tastes better, but ground ginger is also delicious although different.
Next is the sweet addition of local honey which is better for your immune system than honey that comes from another part of the world.
Honey is not only very good for your body, but it tastes absolutely delicious. I also have a love/fear relationship going on with honey bees.
By now the microwave has gone *ding* to indicate that the minute is up for the lemon and lime. Hold the lime over the knife edge which is over the mouth of the Mason jar. Put a small slice into the lime. It will immediately spurt warm juice into the Mason jar. Now you can easily squeeze the rest of the juice out of the lime and into the canning jar.
Repeat the same procedure for the lemon that you used on the lime.
Add water up to about half an inch from the rings on the Mason jar. Add hot water if you are going to drink the Homemade Natural Remedy Juice now or cold water if you are going to drink it later.
Be sure when you squeeze the juice from the lemon and lime that you also squeeze the pulp into the Mason jar.
When you are ready to drink the juice, make sure that it is nice and hot. There are two other variations that you can make to this Homemade Natural Remedy Juice For Fighting Cold And Flu Sickness.
1. If you have a clogged/stuffy nose or your throat hurts badly, add a couple pinches of cayenne pepper. This will open your clogged/stuffy nose and soothe your achy/scratchy throat.
2. Add 2 tablespoons of granulated white sugar to get a different layer of sweetness if you want the additional sweeter taste.
You can make several quarts of the Homemade Natural Remedy Juice For Fighting Cold And Flu Sickness and keep them in the refrigerator for a couple days. Then when you are ready to consume one, just heat it up on the stove or in the microwave.
Recipe for Homemade Natural Remedy Juice For Fighting Cold And Flu Sickness
Yield: 4 cups
Preparation: 5 minutes
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons fresh ginger, minced, or 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
3 to 5 tablespoons local honey at room temperature
1 lemon, juiced with pulp
1 lime, juiced with pulp
Approximately 4 cups of water
*Optional* A couple pinches of cayenne pepper
*Optional* A couple tablespoons of granulated white sugar
Wash the lemon and lime. Microwave for fifty seconds.
While the fruit is getting warm in the microwave, add salt, ground/fresh ginger and local honey to the canning jar.
Squeeze the juice of the lemon and lime into the Mason Jar. Fill the jar the rest of the way with water almost to the lid ring ridges. Use warm/hot water if you are going to drink the Homemade Natural Remedy Juice For Fighting Cold And Flu Sickness immediately. Use cold water if you are going to store it in the refrigerator and drink the Homemade Natural Remedy Juice For Fighting Cold And Flu Sickness later. Stir until the honey is dissolved.
Add the optional ingredients (cayenne pepper and granulated white sugar) if desired.
Here’s to your health! Bottoms up!