Honey and lemon syrup provides interesting benefits and properties in case of flu, colds, sore throat and cough. Discover how to make it and prepare it easily at home.
Every year, with the arrival of the cold and the change of season (with the passage from summer to autumn), many cases of both flu and colds begin to be recorded, mainly because the viruses that cause these two diseases tend to survive better during the coldest times of the year. What, together with the change of season itself, which can weaken our defenses, with changes in temperature when we have the heater or radiator on at home and we go outside, with not maintaining adequate hygiene measures and not dressing up properly, all influence decisively in making us sick.
On the one hand, it is true that preventing the flu and colds is simple if certain tips and hygiene habits are followed, such as: washing our hands very often, always coughing and sneezing into the elbow area, avoiding taking our hands to the mouth, nose or eyes when we are in the street and we have not been able to wash them properly… But despite maintaining these healthy habits, it is not always possible to avoid them completely
In these cases, there is no doubt that honey and lemon become two inseparable ‘friends’, since together their healing and protective benefits against colds and flu multiply in an extremely interesting way.
Benefits of honey and lemon
Honey is a super food, especially rich in essential nutrients, including a good number of vitamins (A, C, D, B1, B2, B3, B5 and B6) and trace elements (copper, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, potassium, sulfur, calcium, manganese, sodium and iodine). Among its most important effects we can find that it is an excellent energizer, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial, as well as being a very interesting antiviral antioxidant. For this reason, it is a natural product that has been used traditionally since ancient times in the prevention and treatment of both flu and colds.
Although it is true that both conditions heal on their own within 7 days (which is the time it takes for our body to generate antibodies for healing), it is possible to reduce and alleviate the symptoms that they usually produce. And, in this sense, honey is especially useful, especially when it comes to calming the annoying sore throat. In addition, because it has a syrup texture, it helps relieve cough.
In the case of lemon, it is a fruit that is really rich in vitamin C, an essential nutrient that, although it is true that it does not prevent against colds and flu -as is mistakenly thought-, it does help when it comes to strengthening our immune system. In a totally natural way, shortening in turn the time that these two diseases last.
How to make honey lemon syrup:
Lemon and honey syrup is a traditional remedy that has always been used in cases of pharyngitis, flu, colds, sore throats, coughs and colds, thanks to its qualities to relieve symptoms. On the one hand, they provide an antiviral antioxidant effect, while reinforcing their antimicrobial and antioxidant power.
What do you need? Ingredients:
- 1 lemon
- 3 tablespoons of honey
Steps to make honey lemon syrup:
- Cut the lemon in half and squeeze it to obtain its juice.
- Add the 3 tablespoons of honey.
- Mix well with the help of a wooden spoon.
How to take honey and lemon syrup:
You can take this syrup by spoonful throughout the day. If you wish, in case you have a sore throat, you can warm it up a bit before taking it, which will help you avoid the discomfort you may feel in this area of the body.
Remember that it is not advisable for children under 1 year of age to consume honey, due to the risk of botulism.