Drinking homemade ginger tea with honey can help alleviate symptoms of congestion which is a symptom of the common cold. It can also relieve the feeling of an itchy throat.
What many of us don’t know is that ginger can actual help boost your immune system, it can also keep you warm during a cold day. It also helps promote healthy sweating which is helpful during colds and flu. Sweat may do simply more than aiding in detoxification, German researchers recently found that sweat contains a germ fighting agent that may help fight infections.
According to Dr. James Steckelberg M.D. , honey is an effective cough suppressant. In a study done on children ages 2 and up with respiratory tract infections, they were given 2 teaspoons of honey at bedtime. The honey seemed to reduce night time coughing and improve sleep. In the study, honey seemed to be as effective as a common cough ingredient dextromethorphan in typical low doses.
100 g ginger
4 ½ cups of water
Remove the skin from the ginger. Crush the ginger with the flat side of a knife. Add to 5 cups of water . Boil until the water changes color.
Allow to cool. Estimated time 10 minutes.
Add 2 tsp of honey for every glass of ginger tea.
Makes 4 cups of ginger tea.
Suggestion: Have the child drink the ginger honey tea prior to bedtime.
Warning: Never give honey to a child 1 year or younger due to the risk of infant botulism.