This season brings so many things I love. Knitted jumpers, leaves changing colour, cosy nights in, warm drinks – and don’t get me started on Christmas! But along with all that warm and fuzzy stuff, comes the horrors of cold + flu season. It’s unavoidable. Every year you think you’ve escaped getting ill, and then BAM, you’re sick.

 

Flu Fighting Tonic

 

The last time I came down with the dreaded lurgy, I got so fed up of conventional Lemsips that just the thought of my next one made me feel even sicker. Can anyone seriously tell me that they actually like Lemsips? A sour, artificial, lemony cocktail of paracetamol, decongestant + caffeine.

While Lemsips can be a great way to manage the symptoms of a cold, they don’t exactly do a whole lot to treat those symptoms. I wanted to have a go at creating an all-natural alternative, that actually helps to combat the virus, but also delivers on flavour.

 

Flu Fighting Tonic

Flu Fighting Tonic

 

My Flu Fighting Tonic delivers on three accounts!

Firstly, we have lemon. Packed full of vitamin C! While the science on this has been under a lot of contention lately, it’s still generally thought that vitamin C may help a cold or flu. It’s said to be useful in the early stages, as it can reduce the length of time the illness lasts.

Secondly, we’ve got turmeric. Widely known for it strong anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. It’s great for treating the widespread inflammation wreaking havoc around your body during a virus.

Lastly, there’s manuka honey. A sweet, sweet super-hero! It has anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties, and can be used to boost the immune system to help fight off illness. It’s so good at healing infection, that in many hospitals around the world now, active manuka honey is used for treatment of antibiotic resistant bugs, when nothing else works.

I hope this Flu Fighting Tonic can help you! Don’t forget to #heartandbowl if you make this, and be sure to let me know if it’s become your permanent Lemsip replacement!

 

Flu Fighting Tonic

Flu Fighting Tonic

 

Flu Fighting Tonic

Makes: 1 mug

Flu Fighting Tonic

Ingredients

  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1 tbsp clear honey (manuka is best if you have it)
  • ¼ tsp ground turmeric

Instructions

  1. Juice the lemon into your favourite mug.
  2. Add honey, turmeric and top up with boiling water. Stir well. (If you prefer your tonic slightly sweeter, add another ½ tbsp of honey.)
  3. Finish with a slice of lemon + enjoy!

7 thoughts on “Flu Fighting Tonic

  1. Honeymoney

    Hello, shame you warm up manuka honey. It’s rare and expensive but by heating it up it loses its properties. Use honey raw 😉

    Reply

    1. Heart + Bowl Post author

      Hey – thanks for your comment! Unfortunately I’m not a qualified nutritionist, so I can only go by the things I have read and researched.

      I will definitely give raw honey a go next time though 🙂

      A x

      Reply

  2. M

    Question – how is the turmeric working in this recipe? I’ve read in multiple locations that turmeric is difficult to absorb into the body and that it’s best aided by pepper or some kind of fat/oil. This recipe doesn’t include that. So is the turmeric actually working in this case or it’s just kind of there?

    Reply

    1. Heart + Bowl Post author

      Hey – thanks for your comments! Unfortunately I’m not a qualified nutritionist, so couldn’t advise really. I can only go by the things I have read and researched.

      Regardless, I hope you find this recipe tasty and soothing 🙂

      A x

      Reply

  3. Doc Rock

    The chemistry behind this is not understood yet, and has yet to be thoroughly looked into. Turmeric acts as an anti-inflammatory agent in here because it contains curcumin, which has been studied and been proven to have anti-inflammatory and antibiotic properties. Manuka honey is also known to have antibiotic properties, however I am not sure that these properties have been studied yet. Lemon is acidic and is also known to have anti-inflammatory and antibiotic properties. Heating up a clear honey to boiling should not get rid of the antibiotic properties. I’ve used a similar recipe when I’ve been sick and I have an autoimmune disease. It really helped cut down on the mucus and made me feel a LOT better.

    Reply

    1. Heart + Bowl Post author

      Thanks for your comments and the info 🙂 Really interesting!

      Great to hear some feedback when people have tried similar drinks. I hope you enjoyed this one!

      A x

      Reply

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