How to Use a Boiled Lemon to Cure a Cold

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Lemon and honey tea
Lemon and honey tea (Image: MKucova istockphoto#7120744)

Everyone has suffered the misery of a cold. We identify colds by the symptoms we experience such as: congestion, a runny nose, coughing; a sore throat, aches and pains, a headache, fatigue and the chills. Colds do not come with fevers, and most of the time what we are describing is one of the rhinovirus family. They are miserable little bugs that humans have endured for centuries. Over those centuries people have developed home remedies to relieve the symptoms of the cold and to recover as quickly as possible. One of the favorite home remedy weapons for fighting the common cold is the lemon. Our mothers knew a thing or two before science understood the details. Lemons are rich in Vitamin C, which benefits the immune system, decreases toxicity and soothes the throat (when used with honey). Generally, lemons are mixed with other antioxidants, and six different home remedies are included here.

Things You'll Need

  • Lemons
  • Pot of water
  • Tea leaves and tea bags (mint tea)
  • Scotch (1 shot worth)
  • Honey
  • Glycerin
  • Onion (one half)
  • Ground black pepper
  • Ginger
  • 8 oz. glass, 4 oz. glass
  • Teaspoon and tablespoon

Slice 1 inch of ginger root and bring it to a simmer in 8 oz. of water. Strain the liquid into a large glass and add 4 tbsp. of lemon juice and 3 tbsp. of honey. Allow the mixture to cool for five minutes. The ginger adds a decongestant, the lemon reduces mucus and the honey eases the throat.

Measure 1 tsp. of honey and two pinches of black pepper and mix with 10 drops of lightly boiled lemon juice. This creates a syrup that you can spoon as a dose. One dose every three hours, no more than three times. (Starving a cold.)

Put 1 shot of scotch into a 4 oz. glass tumbler, and add 2 tbsp. of honey. Squeeze 2 tsp. of lemon juice into the glass. Add your favorite tea bag, and fill the glass the rest of the way with almost boiling water. Allow the mixture to steep until cool enough to drink. Drink one full glass right before bed. (Not for children.) It aids in sleeping, relieves the sore throat, drains the sinuses and eases aches and pains.

Mix 1 cup boiling water with 2 tsp. honey and 2 tbsp. squeezed lemon. Add one bag of a white or mint tea. Bring to a soft boil. Allow the tea to steep for 15 minutes. The lemon reduces mucus, the cayenne eases body aches and pains and lowers fever and the mint helps to decongest and relax you.

Boil a lemon for seven to nine minutes and remove the juice. Use a quart pot and enough water to cover the lemon. Pour the juice into an 4 oz. glass, add 2 tbsp. of glycerin and stir well. Allow the mixture to rest for 10 minutes. Add 1 tbsp. of honey and allow the mixture to rest 10 minutes. Take 1 tbsp. once or twice daily. The syrup created by this recipe is effective for soothing sore throat.

Cut up a lemon and one half of an onion. Add 8 oz. of water to a quart sized pot and bring it to a boil. Allow it to cool, and then strain the liquid from the slices. Drink once or twice daily. This reduces symptoms such as nasal mucus but may taste unpleasant.

Tips & Warnings

  • Tea with lemon sweetened with honey is a taste enjoyed all over the world. The addition of cayenne, garlic, molasses and other ingredients are often suited to personal taste, and if you want to experiment with these flavor additives, start small. Garlic is particularly well known to improve the health. This simple tea with the cayenne additive is also known to cause weight loss (appetite suppressant) and it sometimes used in detox, so use in moderation.
  • Any ingredient taken as a medicine should be scrutinized, and care should be taken to understand that anecdotal treatments to cure medical issues are, by their nature, lacking in direct scientific support. Inform your caregiver of any remedies you decide to try.

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