A wonderful warming recipe for the cold winter days and to prevent a cold...
One of the biggest lessons I have learned lately is listening to your body. For a long time my immune system was so weak I constantly got ill. Or got colds, sore lips and what not. I only realised afterwards it was my body telling me "I told you so". I wasn't listening to my body. At all. Now after my burnout I am so much more aware of my body telling me things. I try to slow down when I feel not at ease, a cold coming through or tired. When you don't listen to your body and the signals it sends you, you will quickly feel sick, drained and totally tired.
I can honestly say it was my lifestyle that got me ill. In the past I was constantly running and racing around. I wanted to be the best mother, the best wife and friend I could be, and yet I didn't feel like one. And I wrestled with feelings of guilt and obligation. I wanted to help, love and not disappoint and do as much as I could, but I passed my own boundaries. I constantly went beyond my capacity.
Nobody can keep up with such a lifestyle! And that is how you create a weak immune system. Which was an aha-moment for me! :-) A lack of sleep and an unhealthy diet are also not really helping to feel better soon. But the most important thing is self-love and taking time to rest. You sometimes have to say no. Say stop to yourself when you find yourself racing again.
So on one of those moments when an ugly cold got a hold of me, I was at home reading this article on how a home made ginger tea with lemon and honey can really help you feel better sooner. I remembered I once drank a homemade ginger tea with orange being at the local Christmas fair in my hometown. It immediately helped my sore throat feel more at ease, that is why I wanted to try it out at home myself.
What you'll need:
- a few slices of lemon (preferably biological)
- a few slices of peeled ginger
- a teaspoon (or more) of honey (I used acacia honey)
- hot boiled water
- a cup/bowl to drink from
Boil your water, add the slices and the honey and let it rest for a few minutes and tadaaaaa... there you have your big portion of daily dose of vitamins! It is so easy and simple!
And for your information: ginger is truly a powerhouse! It is commonly used to help with a sore throat, digestion, nausea, headaches, migraines, artrose and chronic inflammations. And when you put it into hot water with some slices (or squeezes) of biological lemon or orange, you have yourself a beautiful homemade tea that is great for your health!
Lemons and oranges are high in vitamin C, that is what my dad used to learn me when I was younger and feeling ill. He was the one who also taught me that raw honey is great for your health: it is antibacterial (you can even use it on your skin when you have little wounds), anti-viral and high in antioxidants. You can find raw honey in your local organic food store.
If you ask me, this homemade recipe of ginger tea with lemon and honey is the perfect remedy to give your body the little TLC it needs to feel better soon. And even when you're not sick or ill, making this tea just for fun is definitely a must. Warming and energising for the colder days ahead of us.
Photo taken by Inge Picqueur for Jules and Louis.