21 Oct 2013

Sweet, sweet honey…

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As the rainy season starts off for real, sore throats and bad coughs are becoming more and more common. Naturally, there are plenty of old-timey remedies passed down through the generations to prepare for the onset of cold, rainy weather… and a lot of them involve one of nature’s sweetest gifts: honey.

In some cases, honey can work better than over-the-counter cough medicine, and it goes well with a lot of other stuff. Hot tea with a tablespoon or two of pure honey, for instance, is a great choice.

There is, however, one particular honey-based recipe that has been around for centuries. First up, take a 2-3 centimeter chunk of ginger, then grate it into a large mug. Squeeze half a lemon on top (optional: add a bit of lemon zest), add a teaspoon of honey (or as much as you like), and finally fill the mug with boiling water. Stir, then serve hot.

Or, if you’re feeling a bit daring: combine cayenne powder, lemon juice, and honey in a mug, add boiling water, and then gulp it down. Remember, gulp, and not sip, since you want to hit your throat and sinuses with this brew. Needless to say, it will be quite a ‘hit’… ^^

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