One of my favorite remedies for just about everything from colds to stomach viruses is Garlic-Ginger Lemonade. It is made with hot water, garlic, ginger, lemons, and honey. It is not gross as some would think by the name. In fact, it is quite tasty and even a little addicting! Honey make almost anything taste good! You may smell like garlic but at least you won’t have to worry about vampires!
Garlic-Ginger Lemonade is not your everyday lemonade. It is made for the purpose of preventing or lessening the duration of illness and is quite effective, especially during cold and flu season. Drink it anytime you have been exposed to someone ill or are starting to feel ill yourself. Or, if you are like me you will be drinking it every day!
Garlic has antibacterial and antiviral properties which helps fight off illness and build the immune system. It is a wellness powerhouse that should be a part of the daily diet.
Ginger is especially calming for the stomach and is very anti-inflammatory. It also adds a really nice flavor to the lemonade.
Lemons are packed with vitamin C and antioxidants. They also help the immune system function properly with their antiviral, antibacterial powers.
Honey when it is in its raw, natural state is a wonderful superfood. It is full of enzymes, vitamins, and minerals which are essential for the health of the body. It also helps fight infection and is often used in cough remedies. Just be sure not to heat above 115 degrees Fahrenheit. Heat kills the enzymes and may lessen overall potency.
Garlic-Ginger Lemonade is safe for children age one and above. Honey should not be given to an infant younger than one.
- 1 quart hot water
- 2-4 cloves chopped garlic
- 2-3 lemons, juiced
- 1 inch (or so) piece of fresh ginger, chopped
- Honey to taste or approx. ¼ cup
- In a 1 quart mason jar combine chopped garlic and chopped ginger.
- Cover and let steep for at least 20 minutes or until it is less than 115 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Add lemon juice and honey. Stir to combine.
- Either strain the garlic and ginger pieces out or leave them in.
- Another option is to put entire mixture in the blender and mix into a garlic-ginger lemonade "smoothie".
- Best if consumed warm and as needed. Can be drank at room temperature but I do not recommend drinking it chilled.
Sarah is a wife, mom of 4, farm owner, and real food blogger at Real Food Outlaws. She is also an Master Herbalist and owns 90210 Organics, an Eco-boutique and Apothecary. She holds a Master’s Degree in Applied Clinical Nutrition from New York Chiropractic College and is a Clinical/Functional Nutritionist and Advanced Nutrition Response Testing™ Practitioner at Natural Health Improvement Center of South Jersey and Natural Health Improvement Center of Des Moines. You can often find her barefoot in the garden (or kitchen), or rummaging through a refrigerator (not necessarily her own).