(WellnessNova.com) - Growing up, anytime my siblings or I got a cold my mother would always head to the kitchen to make us a cup of “honey lemon juice.” Her “honey lemon juice” was actually honey, lemon and ginger tea, but I think mom left out the “ginger” in the title so it didn’t sound so healthy.
Now as an adult, whenever I’m sick I still reach for a soothing cup of honey, lemon and ginger tea. Whether it’s a cold, cough, or flu, honey, lemon, and ginger tea always seems to do the trick. It helps to relieve my symptoms and gets me back on my feet faster than anything I could pick up at the drugstore. But why does it work so well?
What’s so Great About Honey, Lemon and Ginger tea?
Any warm beverage will help soothe a sore throat but when you combine the healing powers of honey, lemon, and ginger, you get a powerful all-natural remedy that can help relieve the symptoms of a cold or flu. Every year, flu and cold sufferers like myself swear by this potent elixir.
Advocates for this tea enjoy relief from symptoms, an immune boost, stress relief, and overall health benefits thanks to the special healing properties in honey, lemon, and ginger.
Honey Helps Kill Bronchitis-causing Bacteria
Thanks to the antimicrobial agents found in honey, it works to prevent infections by eliminating bacteria. Honey can neutralize bacteria in the throat from maladies like strep throat or bronchitis, that lead to a cough. Honey can also help to remove mucus from the throat and act as a soothing coating to provide relief from soreness and irritation.
Honey is also known for its skin healing properties. It can rehydrate dry skin and is even helpful in healing sunburns when applied topically. Honey is a great antioxidant and can aid in digestion. Lastly, honey has been known to be a respiratory tonic, meaning it can help to improve breathing.
Ginger Helps Lower Inflammation in Your Respiratory Tract
Ginger is the heart healthy root of the natural world. Studies by the University of Maryland Medical Center have shown that ginger can help prevent blood clots and reduce cholesterol, which are key in fighting heart disease.
Ginger is also helpful in reducing vomiting and nausea and easing upset stomachs. Many people who suffer from motion sickness reach for ginger prior to travel to reduce their symptoms. Ginger can also reduce vomiting and nausea for pregnant women and chemotherapy patients.
In addition to reducing vomiting, nausea, and stomach pains, ginger is also able to improve your appetite. It lowers rates of heartburn and indigestion. Ginger helps the body absorb food better and prevents bloating and burping after a big meal.
Ginger is also a key factor in reducing kidney damage that occurs from the effects of diabetes. High levels of zinc are found in ginger and responsible for the promotion and secretion of insulin. Insulin controls blood sugar levels that are important for diabetes management.
Many look to ginger for its weight loss abilities. And while ginger isn’t a miracle food that will help you shed pounds, it can help to curb cravings. Cravings for carbs and fatty foods are caused by high sugar levels in the body. Ginger works to normalize these sugar levels. It also improves fat absorption and prevents fat from building up in the body.
For sore throats, ginger is a great relief. It reduces inflammation, such as bronchial inflammation in the throat caused by respiratory diseases. But be careful, ginger also comes with a few warnings. Ginger contains phenols, plant compounds that can interact negatively with other medications. Ginger also has blood-thinning properties which can be dangerous for people on an aspirin regimen.
Lemon Gives You Vitamin C to Help Fight the Cold
Lemon is a great source of vitamin C. When it comes to colds and flus, vitamin C is key in boosting your immune system. It supports immune function, meaning it can fight off infections if your sickness is caused by a virus or bacteria.
Vitamin C can also help to heal wounds, maintain strength in bones and teeth, and fight rogue molecules in the body. In conjunction with lemon’s vitamin A, vitamin C can also help in the production of strong, beautiful and healthy hair. The vitamins combat DHT in the scalp which helps to trigger increased hair growth.
Lemon juice contains ascorbic acid, which helps to clear phlegm from your throat. The juice also reduces and thins mucus, making it easier to breathe. Lemon juice also has the power to alter the body’s pH levels, making it harder for viruses and bacteria to take hold.
The anti-inflammatory properties in lemons prevent inflammations and enhance liver activity. Even the smell of lemons can reduce stress, increase your metabolism, and increase proper organ function.
Lastly, lemons contain bioflavonoids that can actually help prevent the growth and spread of cancer cells. The antioxidants in lemons can also help to reduce symptoms of arthritis.
So the next time you feel a cold creeping in, brew up a cup of my mom’s go to: honey, lemon, and ginger tea; nature’s finest for symptom relief, an immune system boost, and lots of added health benefits you won’t find in an ordinary bottle of cough syrup.