In the winter time, when there is a change of seasons e.g winter to spring - colds, flus and other viruses can take hold.
What is the best tea for a sore throat?
What is the best tea for a cold?
What is the best tea to boost my immune system?
I am using the term tea - because I call this infusion a tea - partly because I now have this instead of my cup or tea in the morning and partly because it is easier to say or write.
Maybe you are feeling stressed or a little run down. Here is how to create a potent magic jar of virus fighting infused tea - specially designed to boost your immune system.
Imagine having your own immune boosting tonic on tap in your fridge to use every day!
I also take this before I take a plane flight just to give me that extra protection.
Let’s also be frank - many people are nervous of the coronavirus virus. Many newspapers are now reporting it may be impossible to stop a pandemic - I read today in Korea alone the number of cases had doubled. [BBC 22 Feb 2020]
There is a real worry in my group of friends about this. Any help I can give my body to boost my immune system I am happy to do.
Later I also recommend taking some basic preparedness steps.
See also my Vitamin C post where I talk about how I have used Vitamin C for years and have not had a cold, virus or flu for 9 years!. I have to tell you I am now taking 1000mg of Vitamin C every day and drinking my Lemon Honey Ginger and Apple Cider Vinegar Tea/Infusion every day. I am going to do this until the Coronavirus virus is understood and the number of cases stop increasing.
So here is my Immune boosting home remedy for colds, flus and other viruses - Lemon, Honey Ginger with Apple Cider Vinegar infused together in a Jar!
I like to keep things as simple as possible…. Why because then you actually
- Make it
- Use It
- Benefit from it
So what we are going to do is prepare this in advance and keep it in the fridge so you can just take a few spoonfuls for a hot infusion or tea that will fight colds, sore throats and viruses.
So here we go:
Immune boosting Infusion
Get some active Manuka Honey - the best you can afford but at least an active variant. (by that I mean more bio active - this has a higher strength of antibacterial and antiviral activity). You can also use raw local honey but it will not be quite as potent. The honey you buy from the supermarket is usually pasteurised and this process can cause the honey to lose many of its health benefits, most notably its antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties.
Lemon - Organic if you can - give them a quick wash. Then slice them into thin slices.
Ginger - again organic if you can. Give the ginger a quick wash and then peel off the skin. ( I find using a teaspoon to scrape off the skin works better than a peeler) - then slice the ginger into thin strips.
Organic Apple Cider Vinegar. I also recommend Organic Apple Cider Vinegar that contains the Mother like the Bragg brand - not only does it give a tang to the hot ginger, lemon honey tea that you make it also has lots of other benefits.
Lemon honey Ginger Tea Infusion Preparation
Step 1 - Jar Preparation.
Get a 12 or 16 oz mason Jar.
First make sure the jar is clean.
You can sterilise it by heating in the oven for 20 mins at 275 F.
Alternatively,run the jars though your dishwashers rinse cycle. Another quick way is to leave your jars very wet and put them in the microwave for about 45 seconds.
Step 2 Honey
Pour about 0.5 inch of honey into the jar.
Step 3 Lemons
Put a layer of 2-3 slices of lemons on top of the honey.
Step 4 Apple Cider Vinegar
Pour another 0.5 inch of honey into the jar, and add ½ teaspoon of Apple Cider Vinegar.
Step 5 Ginger
Put a layer of 3-5 slices of Ginger on top of the honey layer again.
Step 6 Repeat
Repeat steps 2-5 until you fill the jar.
Then simply put on the lid and leave for 2 days for the infusion to take place.
Then you have many days supply of tea for to boost your immune systems or to use for a sore throat or cold.
I start my day by adding a 2-3 dessert spoons to a mug of warm water. I sip at it as I go about getting breakfasts sorted.
If I feel I need a boost I also put it in a thermos and take to work.
Preparing for the Flu and Cold Season
I always like to be prepared. I have also read that in many Asian countries stocks of Manuka Honey, Masks and Ginger Capsules are in short supply. So in case the coronavirus does become an issue globally I recommend having a small stock in your "preparedness pantry" of
- Manuka Honey
- Face Masks
- Ginger Capsules.
Conclusion: Best Tea Infusion for Colds and Flu
Now why do I put it in a jar - well it just makes it easier to take or use - if it is as easy as just adding some spoonfuls to my hot water - you will take it each morning. Even if I have the lemons and ginger in the fridge - even cutting them and cleaning them and then making the drink - often just becomes too HARD. Especially when I am busy in the morning.
So I really recommend the Jar Infusion Method for this Lemon Honey Ginger Tea.
This in my opinion is one of the best infusion teas for colds.
Also couple this with Vitamin C for Colds that I mentioned earlier and you have a good resources to take care of your body and immune systems.