Whether your immune system is struggling or you feel strong and healthy, these are health benefits you should know about. Ginger lemon honey benefits are for when your child has a sore throat coming on. They also happen to be perfect for everything from heart health to motion sickness. What happens when you put these three amazing ingredients together? Here’s the benefits.
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Ginger has many health benefits including:
- Pain reducing as shown in this study
- Several studies have pointed to ginger as helpful in easing morning sickness and nausea
- Anti-microbial properties and natural antibiotic
- Helps an upset stomach and abdominal pain
- Anti-inflammatory properties
- Antioxidant properties
- May prevent “mitigation” of free radicals.
Lemon/ lemon juice also has amazing health benefits. Here are a few of them:
- Its an excellent source of vitamin C, resulting in immune boosting properties
- Flavinoids (which are antioxidant helpers) reduce damaged cells that encourage cancer
- Anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties
- Anti-bacterial properties (I love using lemon essential oil to clean my counters!)
- Can remove free radicals from the body
- Increases iron absortion, resulting in less iron deficiency anemia
- Helps with weight loss
- Helps to lower high blood pressure
Honey has been shown to produce many health benefits which is great news. Who doesn’t want to eat pure sugar for your health? I would be glad to! The key to unlocking it’s health benefits is the honey’s quality. You want to source raw local honey and then make sure to not heat it. Normal pasteurization generally heats honey to 65 degrees Celsius or 149 degrees Fahrenheit for ten minutes. This means you don’t need to bring it to a boil to kill the healthy nutrients. Keep it warm or at room temperature to keep the most benefits.
- Cardiovascular Health
- Natural cough remedy
- Helps to heal wounds
- Anti Microbial
- May Support brain health, fight depression and prevent memory disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease
Cold and Flu
One of the best and most common ways to use the combination of ginger, lemon and honey are for sickness and the immune system. As I write this, it’s flu season here in the northwest. This means the cold winter days bring sickness our way.
Research has shown ginger is effective against upper respiratory tract infections. The combination of ginger along with the vitamin C in lemon juice and the cough preventative properties of honey are pretty amazing. All three of these encourage the immune system not to mention they all have anti-microbial properties.
If you have a cold or flu, combine these ingredients with hot water for a soothing drink of as shown below. This is one of the easiest ways to get ginger lemon honey health benefits.
Immune System and Allergies
A long time ago (about 10 years), honey was shown to be promising in the fight against allergies.
The purpose of honey is to use it as a way to give the body a little bit of the common pollen. This should slowly allow the body to build up immunity in a similar way to allergy shots.
Here’s the thing. This theory hasn’t actually been proven true. The pollen honey bees gather isn’t generally the same that cause stuffy noses from seasonal allergies. The good news is that honey does show itself as a key ingredient to support the immune system.
The anti-inflammatory properties of lemon, ginger and honey together can be an even more powerful combination in the fight against seasonal allergies. You see, allergies start with the immune system. If your immune system has been compromised, allergies may be a result. Thus, you want to support that immune system as much as possible. While honey may not be a miracle cure for allergies, it can give great support to your immune health.
Circulation and Heart Health
Because of their role in blood circulation, balancing blood pressure and cardiovascular health, the combination of lemon, ginger and honey is great for supporting your heart. If you’re looking for a reason to eat a little sugar and have it support that cardiovascular system, this is it. What a wonderful way to fight heart disease. Honey as a natural sweetener is a healthy way to give your ginger lemon tea some life.
Detox your Body
Lemon especially, has been touted as a detoxifier of the body. It’s important to note that honey and ginger are also full of antioxidants. As lemon itself may help prevent liver disease, giving it these other two ingredients is also beneficial! Who knew ginger honey lemon benefits extend as far as disease protection!
Cancer and Disease Prevention
New research also shows ginger and lemon being helpful in fighting cancer. It’s well known that antioxidants are useful for preventing cancer. Ginger specifically, has many anticancer compounds. But what about honey? Sugar is known to feed cancer cells right? Actually, honey may hold some amazing powers against cancer cells as well! Studies are being done and show possibility for honey to also be beneficial in fighting cancer. Disease prevention can be supported with the antioxidant powers that all three of these ingredients possess so drink a cup of tea with lemon, ginger and honey.
How to Make Honey Lemon Ginger Tea
One of the easiest ways to get the benefits of ginger, honey and lemon is to make it into a tea. You may be tempted to just grab a cup of lemon ginger tea or even “honey lemon ginger tea” and add in a bit of honey. Be warned, tea bags from grocery stores most likely won’t give benefits you’re looking for. Look at the ingredients list on a tea bag and you’ll see the biggest flavor may actually come from “natural flavoring” and “lemon peel.”
Instead, try making fresh tea with fresh ingredients. You may have to look for these at a health food store if you’re not able to find them at the supermarket. A cup of this steeped tea provides more of the positive effects you’re wanting for your health. It’s important to follow these tips to get the best results.
- Use local Raw Honey
- Use Fresh Lemon Juice
- Use Fresh Ginger Root, organic ginger root is best
Tea Recipe for Ginger Honey Lemon Benefits
Here’s how to make your own honey lemon ginger tea that will bring positive results for your family’s health.
- Fill a saucepan with two cups of distilled water and place on stovetop at medium high heat. Bring the water to a boil. Cover the saucepan and turn heat to low.
- Slice a one inch chunk of ginger root into slivers and place in a reusable teabag or tea infuser.
- Place your diffuser into the hot water, cover with a lid and let it steep for 10 minutes on low heat. You’re basically making a ginger root tea.
- Turn the heat off and let sit for 3-5 minutes before stirring in 2 tablespoons of lemon juice and 2 Tablespoons of honey.
This makes 2 cups of tea. You can add even more benefits by steeping in a little garlic, but that’s another story.
This combination is also a great with another complimenting herbal tea. I love these Farmhouse teas that are pure and straight from their farm. My favorite right now is their Lamplighter Lemonette Tea. Check it out and tell CeAnne I sent ya!
Other Recipes You might Like
If you’re loving the idea of tea there may also be a recipe that goes wonderfully with it. Here’s a few of my favorite nourishing recipes using the same ingredients.
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