Hooray for blogging two days in a row!
Almost everyone in my house has been battling a cold since well before Christmas. Since I’m nursing and I try not to give D any medication if I can avoid it, we’ve been doing the usual natural remedies. Humidifier, saline rinses, hot water with lemon and a teaspoon of honey religiously every morning; nothing seems to have helped so far. It’s time to step it up a notch!
I have this friend, Jules. She is one of a kind. As my mother in-law would say, “They don’t make women like that anymore”. If anyone should have a blog, it’s her. She puts me to shame. She is the definition of a wife and mother. She takes care of her boys, cooks practically everything from scratch and she can bake a mean cupcake. I don’t think I have ever seen her wear anything but a dress, and yet she still manages to look like a bad ass.
She was kind enough to share her cold-killing recipe with me and to allow me to share it with you.
Here’s what you will need:
* 5 lemons
* 1 chunk of ginger (if there is a more technical term for this, I don’t know it)
* 1/2 container of honey (I used liquid organic honey, unpasteurized)
The first thing I did was slice up 3 lemons.
For crushed ginger, I used a spoon, first removing the skin (good thing I have Jules on speed dial… I almost used a cheese grater!)
I was unprepared for how time consuming this part would be. I felt as if I was very slowly whittling it down.
The smell is amazing though and makes the whole process worth it.
Once the skin is fully removed, I peeled the ginger directly into a bowl with the sliced up lemons.
Then I squeezed the juice of 2 more lemons over top.
If I could give any advice it would be to do this part first, before your hands are aching! Unless you have one of those hand juicer things, but I don’t. I haven’t been culinary that long.
Add your honey and voila!
I used a small spatula to transfer the mixture into Mason jars. I used 16 oz jars (the kind you would put jam in)
because that’s what I had, but you could use larger ones if you want.
Put it in the fridge to ferment.
When you feel a cold coming on, simply scoop out 1-2 tbsp of the concentrated mixture and add to a mug of hot water.
According to Jules, the longer you leave it in there the more potent it will get.