Honey and Common Cold

Personally,  whenever I feel a normal cold coming on I run for a glass of hot water, a teaspoon of local clover honey and half of a lemon.

Add everything but the lemon peel- as this is hard to swallow-little humor there- please forgive me. Once it's cool enough, enjoy the beverage

three to four times a day until the cold goes away. Please note that children under the age of one can not process the bacteria found in honey and it could make them extremely sick.

Honey and Strep Throat

* One tablespoon of pure RAW honey
* ¼ teaspoon of cayenne pepper
* Four cloves of garlic pressed through a garlic press

Those are the proportions, but you’ll need more than that, so take four tablespoons of honey, one teaspoon of cayenne pepper and sixteen pressed cloves of garlic, and mix it all together. Take ½ teaspoon to one teaspoon of the formula every 30-60 minutes.

Don’t wash it down - let the honey coat the throat, then the cayenne, being a rubefacient, will bring blood into the area, and then your immune system will be stimulated with the garlic. Garlic is anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-viral, so anything that may be causing the sore throat the garlic, along with the cayenne and the honey coating the area, will take care of the problem.

This herbal remedy will generally get you over strep throat in 24 hours instead of ten days or more.

Found more information in book, “Don’t Drink Your Milk” (Frank Oski, M.D.) Says patients who drank milk were the ones who got strep consistently, while his non-milk drinking patients did not get strep, so milk is certainly a factor in strep throat.

(Note on the honey - it needs to be pure honey. Most beekeepers feed their bees sugar, which weakens the bee’s immune system, so they get mites coming into the hives. To prevent mites from coming into the hives they give them antibiotics, further weakening the immune system of the bees. Find local honey where the beekeeper doesn’t feed the bees sugar and doesn’t give them antibiotics. You can often find good results if you check with your local health food store.)

Honey and Sinus Infection

When the cold gets nasty. Okay, I hate the oncoming of spring. It seems this is the time I am prone to sinus problems. Out comes the slice of lemon, a teaspoon of local raised honey, freshly shaved fresh ginger and lemon grass. I was upset when the store stopped carrying lemon grass so I will grow my own and dry it. About a 1/2 a teaspoon of each. Steep this in a cup of hot water for five minutes and drink. When you are ready for you next cup add hot water- do not microwave your lemon and ginger- it will kill the vitamins according to what I have read. Better to be safe than vitamin-less. Add more honey and you are set for the next delicious cup of tea.

Don't throw away those peels. Instead skin the ginger peels straight into a shallow amount of water in a pot. Add the lemon peels. Peel half an orange and shuck them in there. You can enjoy the vitamin-c rich fruit for breakfast. Add some lemon grass. Bring to a boil. Take the pot off the heat, put a towel over your head and breathe in the vitamin rich vapors. You can also freeze this and boil it up again for when you are so sick making it fresh feels impossible. I would also suppose you can dehydrate the ingredients and put them together in a zip-lock or vacuum seal baggie, too. I have not tried this, yet, but, if freezer space is limited, might work.

On a side note: I failed to mention to take the pot off the stove to a guy friend many years ago and he used a towel to help inhale the mix. Yes, the towel caught fire and he complained the steam was too hot. Imagine that. However, all the blackheads on his forehead wiped away and his skin looked radiant. He was a fireman so he figured out how to put himself out and all was well.


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