lemon and honey.

February 5, 2013

honey lemon and honey Oh, sweet elixir of the gods.

If you’ve been experiencing any of the persistant sore throat that’s been loitering by me for the last few days, there’s only one thing to do: boil yourself some water, squeeze in half a lemon and stir in a heaping teaspoon of honey. It’s the commonest of remedies for sore throats and still, I have a sneaking suspicion that it gets cast aside in favor of lozenges and bemoaning our collective winter misery. This combo is sunshine in a glass and welcome change from the fire cider I’ve been swallowing with gusto. Sometimes even the most hardcore herbalist tires of smelling quite so much like a head of garlic.

If you find yourself reaching for a lemon-flavored tea or packet of fizziness, consider giving this a go instead. Lemon zinger, you’ve got nothing on the real thing.


PS. This honey was made by bees that live way uptown where James teaches.  Turns out the students aren’t the only hard working ladies at 116th and Broadway…

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22 Comments

  • Reply Kate February 5, 2013 at 2:13 pm

    I have SUCH winter sore throat! Can't thank you enough for this…definitely making when I get home from work!

    xx,
    Kate

    ummmnowwhat.blogspot.com

  • Reply Milynn {Love + Whimsy} February 5, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    Oh no! I hope you feel better soon and can fight off that sore throat! Also that is probably the loveliest batch of honey I've seen. Well done, bees.

  • Reply ashley faye February 5, 2013 at 2:35 pm

    I'm sitting here with a throat on fire, drinking coffee. Bad idea.. i need some of this!

  • Reply INDIGOBEANcreations February 5, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    this looks wonderful! thanks for sharing!

  • Reply adodge529 February 5, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    My boyfriend was complaining of a sore throat yesterday, so I'll be making some of this soon I'm sure!

  • Reply Ashley Elizabeth February 5, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    Feel better soon! My boyfriend was complaining about a sore throat last night, so I might be making some of this soon!

  • Reply Heather February 5, 2013 at 3:44 pm

    this is an even better remedy with a shot of whiskey added!

  • Reply Caroline | Wild Folk Studio February 5, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    i often drink warm water with lemon and raw honey when i feel the slightest cold or scratchy throat coming on. it's calming and healing. hope you start feeling better soon!

  • Reply Anonymous February 5, 2013 at 4:52 pm

    I've been drinking this as well, but more as a preventative thing! Feel better soon Erin!!

  • Reply Abby February 5, 2013 at 5:22 pm

    This sounds much better than any of the remedies I found during a historical exploration. (http://keepthehearthfiresburning.blogspot.com/2013/01/old-fashioned-remedies-for-everyday.html) I'll take lemon and honey any day!

    • Reply Erin February 7, 2013 at 12:37 pm

      ha! these are great!

  • Reply Julie [Plums for Breakfast] February 5, 2013 at 8:06 pm

    Oh, I *love* hot lemon water when I'm not feeling well. I don't often like honey in my drinks, but my sister bought me a bottle of local goldenrod honey that I just so good, I might have to give it a try. I believe that citrus is the only true cure for a long, gray winter.

    • Reply Erin February 7, 2013 at 12:38 pm

      goldenrod honey sounds lovely!

  • Reply Becca February 5, 2013 at 8:27 pm

    I'm reading a fascinating book right now called "Healthy Child, Whole Child," all about combining conventional and alternative medicine. This is definitely one way to do that when you're not feeling well or down with something! Thanks for sharing.

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  • Reply lucent imagery February 5, 2013 at 9:02 pm

    Great that you've had some urban honey! I'm working with some urban beekeepers at the moment and getting yummy samples given to me. Mmmm. Hope your sore throat heals soon.

  • Reply Julia February 5, 2013 at 9:24 pm

    this is definitely the best. i drink it all the time in the winter, even if i'm feeling fine (mostly because i'm too cold to drink regular water and i need to stay hydrated!)

    • Reply Erin February 7, 2013 at 12:40 pm

      That is a very good point. I'm pretty bad at staying hydrated and I'm not sure that cups of tea really count for that! BUT warmed up water? Sounds good to me.

  • Reply Joan February 5, 2013 at 9:49 pm

    Your honey looks soooo good!

  • Reply Brandi Jimenez February 6, 2013 at 3:55 pm

    Awesome — another tip is gargaling with salt and warm water or gargaling with peroxide – it works like a charm too 🙂

    • Reply Erin February 7, 2013 at 12:38 pm

      salt water is kind of amazing, isn't it?

  • Reply Inge February 10, 2013 at 5:46 pm

    That sounds pretty tasty! I'll be sure to try it out tomorrow.

  • Reply Rhianna February 23, 2013 at 11:59 am

    I've been drinking this like a mad child the last week! Trying desperately not to get sick again. It also tastes really fantastic with some freshly grated ginger 🙂

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