Ginger root is from a family of spices that have been proven to have potent anti-inflammatory properties that can cure many forms of the common cold, some kinds of flu and sore throat infections that comes from both viruses and bacteria. Sore throat infections can be caused by a virus, or in its severe form, Strep Throat which is caused by bacteria. Strep Throat may require the use of Antibiotics to prevent complications.
This is One Teacup Ginger Tea Recipe for One Person:
How to Prepare the Ginger.
- Cut a Piece of ginger the size of a thumb.
- Grate that into pieces, obviously using a grater.
- Pour the grated ginger into a small pot, and add one and a half (1 1/2) teacups of water. More water is needed as some evaporation will occur during boiling. Put the pot on the small burner of the stove/range.
- Turn on the stove/range on low. On an electrical/Gas stoves/ranges this is the number 4 on the knob on a range of 1 to 10.
- Boil for 20 minutes.
Honey is known to have anti-bacterial, anti-microbial and anti-oxidant properties. When used with Ginger, the mixture is a potent tea against several forms of virus and bacteria.
- The honey to use is natural, organic, unprocessed honey. Most of the honey sold in stores are labeled as “Pasteurized Honey.” That’s a nice way of telling you that all the nutrients of the honey were removed and all that’s left is a block of sugar. Use unprocessed honey only.
- Pour the ginger from the above step into a teacup.
- Add one table-spoon of honey to the ginger mixture.
Adding Lime Juice.
- Limes contains a concentrated form of vitamin C, which is essential for a proper immune system to function.
- To add lime juice to the ginger tea mixture, cut half of a lime and squeeze half of that lime into the teacup through a strainer. The strainer removes the seeds or other solids.
That is it. This is the mixture of Ginger Tea Guyana style. Its difficult to drink sometimes. The ginger naturally have a pungent taste and if used for sore throat, the ginger will produce a burning sensation in the throat as the ginger tea is swallowed. However, as experience will show, after 3 days of this ginger tea, the sore throat, cold or flu would have been drastically reduced.
For a severe cold, flue or sore throat, this is to be used for 3-4 days and then once per day until the symptoms have disappeared.
For children, the ginger tea is mixed almost 50:50 with more honey to produce more of a sweet taste. This mixture is not as potent, but it offers some protection and relief from the cold flu or sore throat symptoms. One tablespoon per day for kids is good enough. I personally would not use this for children under 7-8 years old. Honey especially is not to be given to children under two years old.
If the symptoms of cold, flu or sore throat does not go away, its time to visit a doctor as home remedies can only go far and maybe there are other issues not diagnosed that’s causing the discomfort and sickness.