take that, H1N1!

When a house of eleven begins to show signs of sickness, some preventative and defensive measures are in order.  In addition to lots of liquids, oil of oregano, vitamin C and some herbal tinctures, we’ve been sipping on ginger-lemon tea for an extra immune system boost.

I grate a 2-inch piece of fresh ginger into a cup, add the juice of one small lemon, then pour in boiling water.  Just a tablespoon or two of honey makes the tea palatable and soothes the throat as well.


The warming effect of ginger combined with vitamin C-loaded lemon produces a powerful beverage for cold and flu season.  Honey has also been shown to have some anti-bacterial properties, so sweetening is a good thing in this case.


What do you do to boost your immune system during cold and flu seasons?


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4 Responses to take that, H1N1!

  1. imawildflower says:

    Very interesting! I’ve never heard of “oil of oregano.” Fill me in. Thanks for the tips! 🙂

  2. Andrea says:

    Love the tea, will have to try it! We have been taking astragalus and elderberry recently and good old-fashioned garlic!

  3. lettucepraise says:

    Carissa: Oil of oregano is a natural antibiotic–great for easing digestive problems, getting rid of fungus, migrane headaches, sore throat, sinus trouble, and the list goes on. The best brand to buy is North American Herb & Spice…Vitacost usually has the best prices:

    Andrea: I love using food to fight illness! I just finished reading “The Food Pharmacy” by Jean Carper. It’s pretty old but has some great information on the specific health benefits of various foods.


  4. Iris Ramos says:

    Hey Abby,

    You should have posted this about two weeks ago, everyone in my household has gotten sick! Kris has had a cough for two weeks now and can’t seem to get over it (I’m sure his work doesn’t help either)Thanks for the recipe though I might make him the tea to help soothe his throat.

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