So, I’m going to try this new thing.
Homemade tea. Herbal teas, not black or green tea. There’s actually no tea leaves involved.
I started out really simply and really accidentally.
I got really sick and had more phlegm, throat pain, and coughing than I had blood cells and finally took myself to the doctor.
The doctor suggested honey and lemon tea.
My family had been suggesting I try it for a couple months prior for health benefits but I just didn’t think it was for me. But when I felt like dying and the doctor suggested it, yeah, sure I tried it.
*grumble* *grumble* *grumble*
I was hesitant because I figured it’d taste horribly like I just bit into a lemon and it’d turn out that I wasted money on lemons. As if they’re sooo expensive.
I tried and it *gasp*
Turns out I actually like it.
Amazing what happens when you try new things, right?
How to make Honey and Lemon Tea
- Buy a few lemons. From the store. With money. (Bet you couldn’t have guessed that.)
- Put one and a half cups of water on the stove to boil.
- While that is boiling, I wash the outside of a lemon, cut it in three pieces, and squeeze one piece into my mug. I leave the rind in the bottom of the mug as well.
- Pour the boiling water into a measuring cup, then into a mug. It’s much simpler that way as it doesn’t spill all over the place.
- Add honey. You have to experiment with how much, it depends on your particular preference.
- Wait until it’s cooled down enough that you won’t become a burn victim upon drinking it.
- Then, you know, drink it
When I started out doing this, I just squeezed the lemon juice itself into the mug. Now I cut up the lemon, squeeze in the juice, and place the actual lemon rinds in there as well. Make sure if you do this, you rinse off the outside of the lemon in hot water before cutting it up. I’m going to try shaving pieces of the lemon peel off as well and place them in the tea to drink. I hear that’s even better for you. I just haven’t tried it yet.
Lemons cut through congestion. Used for detoxification and increased digestion. Helps with weight loss. It has tons of Vitamin C, which helps with your immune system. It also has eighty bazillion other vitamins and minerals like Vitamins E, B6 and A, calcium, zinc, and a whole slew of others. Boosts your energy levels and is supposed to be very good for your skin. Helps ease indigestion, nausea, and suppresses food cravings.
For more in depth (and there’s a lot more) info on how lemons do all of the above, check out the websites I have at the bottom. There’s some pretty cool information!
(And keep in mind that I’m only listing what the ingredients do when taken internally. There are multiple other uses as well.)
Honey soothes the throat by coating it and is said to help get rid of a cough. It’s antibacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-inflammatory. A lot of athletes use it to boost energy levels as well.
Lemon and Honey tea is reputed to help with weight loss, according to almost every website on planet earth. Including some medical ones. I think it’s mainly the lemon doing all the work.
*Don’t forget I’m not a doctor or specialist or anything along those lines. I’m just letting you know what I’ve discovered.
So, turns out herbal tea is pretty cool. My sore throat was alleviated and the phlegm terrorizing me vanished. It’s awesome. Seriously. I drink it all the time now.
What I’d like to do is try more types of herbal tea. (Bet you didn’t see that coming.)
Oh, and while we’re on the subject, I suppose it’s not really tea I’m making. There’s no tea leaves. All I’m using are herbs and honey and fruit and such. But everyone calls it tea, so I’m going to call it tea!
Do you guys drink lemon and honey tea? Who suggested it to you?
Additional websites for lemon health information.