Lime, Honey and Ginger a Recipe for Health
Here is a simple recipe that can bring you pleasure and boost your immune system at the same time. May this give you good health this winter and long life.
Cut and grate about an inch of fresh ginger.
Squeeze the juice of one lime.
Add a teaspoon of honey.
Combine the above in a mug of boiling water.
Properties of Ginger: Ginger is anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-microbial, anti-viral, anti-spasmodic, and much more.
For colds it helps to loosen phlegm and relieve chills, In fevers it induces sweating, thus bringing the temperature down.
For coughs ginger aids in expanding the lungs, loosening phlegm and breaking down and removing mucus.
Other uses for ginger:
- Ginger helps with motion or car sickness.
- In the digestive sphere ginger helps with nausea, indigestion, stomach aches, irritable bowels, colic, loss of appetite, gas, and diarrhea.
- Ginger is anti-spasmotic and relaxes the muscles. It is used for arthritis pain and menstrual cramps.
- Headaches and Migraines: A paste made with powdered ginger and water, or a few slices of fresh ginger applied to the forehead can help halt a headache.
- Diabetes – Ginger in water taken first thing in the morning can help regulate blood sugar.
Therapeutic Properties of Lime:
Lime is an antioxidant, which means that it helps detoxify the body from free floating hydrogen molecules, so that more oxygen is free to be utilized by the body. Liime has many minerals such as calcium, phosphorous, iron, and Vitamins A, B and C.
Limes have many wonderful uses, but since our subject is colds, here is what it does in this sphere.
Lime is anti-bacterial, so it can help protect you from colds and flus. The high vitamin C content helps to prevent colds and the tendency to get recurring colds. It is a good idea to add lime juice to your water during the day during the winter months to keep your immune system in good order.
For laryngitis: Lime mixed with honey and hot water can help relieve laryngitis.
For coughs – Dr. Murphy recommends the juice of one lime mixed with one teasponon of honey and a little salt to be consumed two to three times a day to help with coughs.
For fevers – Dr. Murphy recommends the juice of one lime, combined with crushed onion and a tablespoon of coconut oil and then applied to the forehead to help bring a fever down.
For mucus in the throat – Squeeze lime or lemon juice into a glass, add salt and drink.
For sore throats – Follow the ginger, lime, honey recipe above to help with your sore throat and strengthen your immune system.
Here are a few of the other benefits of lime:
- It is anti-inflammatory, so it can help with conditions like arthtritis, gout and urinary tract infections and bladder infections It helps to prevent the formation of kidney stones.
- Lime lowers cholesterol.
- Lime purifies the liver.
- Lime helps with constipation and to clear the bowels and eliminate toxins from the digestive system.
- Lime helps with irregular menstruation. Here the instructions are to use the juice of a whole lemon or lime, with a tablespoon of honey and two cups of hot water, and to drink it 3 times a day.
- Lime helps with the skin and beauty care. It helps to rejuvenate and protect the skin and hair, and helps with dandruff.
- Lime helps with smoking cessastion. The directions are to squeeze a lime and mix with water and drink three times a day.
- Lime helps the eyes from aging and protects against macular degeneration. The Vitamin C in lime helps protect the cornea from the UV rays of the sun.
- Lime helps with diabetes.
- Lime helps with hydration and rejuvenation of the body, and helps to fight fatigue.
- Lime helps with weight loss. Here honey is consumed with a glass of water twice a day.
- Lime helps with vertigo – Rub the neck, temples and forehead with the juice of a squeezed lime twice a day when you have vertigo.
- Lime helps maintain healthy gums due to the Vitamin C content and antimicrobial properties.
- Lime helps with heart health due to the magnesium and potassium present in it.
- Lime helps with gout, because it is an antioxidant and becomes it helps reduce the uric acid in the body.
Therapeutic Properties of Honey:
- Honey is delicious and is also anti-bacterial, antiseptic, antifungal, and antioxidant. Honey breaks down in the stomqch and not in the mouth, so it does not cause cavities.
- Honey helps with respiratory ailments. It helps with chronic and asthmatic bronchitis; chronic and allergic rhinitis and with sinusitis.
- Honey helps with colds and flus, respiratory infections and a depressed immune system.
- Honey helps with nasal congestion. Put honey in a pot of hot water, put a towel over your head and breath over it.
- For sore throats let a teaspoon of honey melt in the back of your mouth and drip down your throat.
- For conjunctivitis – Dissolve an equal amount of honey and warm water and apply to the eyes.
Here are other uses for honey:
- Bedwetting – a teaspoon of honey before bed aids with water retention.
- Allergies – a teaspoon of local honey taken three times a day can help with seasonal allergies.
- Anemia – Honey is a blood enricher. It is a natural source of iron.
- Fatigue and low energy – Honey provides a steady release of energy without the fluctuations that sugar causes.
- Osteoporosis – Honey assists in calcium utilization and helps to prevent osteoporosis.
- Insomnia – A teaspoon of honey in warmed milk of your preference helps to deliver sound sleep.
- Migraines and headaches. Sip a teaspoon of honey in warm at the start of a headache, and repeat every 20 minutes if necessary to hopefully stop the headache from advancing.
- Burns – Honey can help heal burns, prevent infection and promote scarless healing. Bacteria cannot survive in the presence of honey.
- Indigestion and constipation: Combine honey with apple cider vinegar in a glass of water for relief.
- Diabetics can take honey in small quantities.
- Honey has food preservative properties.
- Longevity – The most long lived people in the world eat honey regularly.
- Face cleanser – Honey and oatmeal mixed in equal parts and applied to the face for half an hour will deep clean the face and help with acne.
Conclusion: I hope the simple recipe of ginger, lime and honey will help keep you and your loved ones in good health this fall, winter and always. The information comes from Robin Murphy, NDs books: Superfood Wellness Guide and Herbal Wellness Guide, published by Lotus Health Institute.
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