Remember when Grandma would make a home remedy of hot lemon and honey whenever someone was sick? Some grandmothers might have added ginger, others a dash of cinnamon, some a pinch of black pepper, and the bold even added a shot of Brandy!
Grandmother’s medicine is a lot like Ayurveda. It is based on Intuitive Intelligence, and includes a lot of what I call Kitchen Wisdom, with healing ingredients you can find in almost any kitchen.
For instance, Grandma knew that in the winter, when it is chilly, often windy and dry, the very best way to prevent or treat a cold, is to keep warm and hydrated. From this simple premise came chicken soup, the hot toddy, spicy teas, and as my friend Jane from Bournemouth, England says, “A po’ o’ lemon.”
A wonderful “Grandmother Recipe” that we drink at home and that exemplifies the best of Ayurveda ~ botanical, simple, accessible, and highly effective ~ is the Lemony Ginger Tonic.
To make two servings, put one half-inch slice of fresh ginger root into a blender. Add the juice of one whole lemon, 2 cups of water, 2 heaping teaspoons of raw honey (our favorite is Honey Gardens’ “Northern Raw” ), three shakes of cinnamon, two shakes of turmeric and one shake of cayenne powder. Blend thoroughly and pour into glasses.
Lemony Ginger Tonic can be heated and served warm, but in that case do not add the honey until you have poured your Tonic into the mug and allowed it to cool to drinking temperature. Honey should not be heated past 120 degrees.
This drink can be taken first thing in the morning to kindle the inner fires and hydrate the tissues, with meals to stoke the digestive fires, throughout the day to keep metabolic fires blazing and stay warm, any time to banish the blues when the days are gray, at the onset of a cold to clear the respiratory passage, and every day to strengthen your immune system.
Cinnamon is antibacterial, antimicrobial, anti-clotting, balancing to blood sugar and energizing to the brain. Turmeric is an anti-inflammatory, anti-aging, blood and liver cleanser with a history of reducing tumors. Cayenne, or Capsicum, is a powerful antibacterial, pain-relieving, fat and mucus busting, cholesterol-lowering, blood pressure-regulating, cancer fighter. All three of these everyday spices are amongst the most highly researched herbs in the U.S. today, for their multiple use and safe potency in healing.
To your Good Health ~ Santé!
What perfect timing to learn of this hydrating winter balm! I actually woke up this morning sniffling to no end (in the runny phase of a head cold) thinking, ‘I wonder what Laura recommends for this?!’ So I went ahead and made one of my favorite teas, just chopped ginger with fresh squeezed lemon (and sometimes a touch of stevia). Then I log on and and see this super octane post on Lemony Ginger Tonic! The MA always supplies us what we need, eh, and sometimes immediately! Thank you for being her glib and graceful messenger!
One question, I don’t have a juicer per se. Can this just be blended just as well?
Love and gratitude,
Sorry to hear you are getting the sniffles.
If you don’t have a juicer or blender, then just grate your ginger very fine, and be sure you give it a good shake so the honey mixes well.
Thanks for asking. We love you ~
Perfect, thank you for sharing this, beautiful sage one! Sniffles may not be the most fun (especially when one’s head feels like a melting snow ball) but I honor the wisdom of the body washing out what ails it.
Love this post so much tastier than lemon and honey!