Home Remedies: Hot lemon for colds
traditions: Lemons are popular all over the world in self-medication, as a vitamin C donor, against inflammation or for revitalization. No wonder: It’s available in most homes or easy to get, cheap and tastes good. “Hot lemon” is the second most popular home remedy in Germany – after a head steam bath for inhalation and before honey, chamomile tea and chicken soup.
This is what the science says: It is used for colds. The warm drink with lemon juice and honey combines several active ingredients: healing ingredients, as well as heat, fluid supply and, finally, hydration of the mucous membrane of the throat through slow sips of the drink. Lemon contains many vitamins, minerals and trace elements, as well as essential oils, pectins and citric acid. Honey is a source of energy due to the sugar, and it also contains antibacterial substances, including enzymes. Some are sensitive to heat. Vitamin C also degrades at high temperatures. Therefore, lemon and honey should not be poured with boiling hot water, but with warm water.
Recipe: Put the juice of half a lemon and a teaspoon of honey in a cup (150 ml), pour boiling water, slightly cooled. flip over. Drink sips. It can be supplemented with a slice of lemon peel (organic, washed) or some fresh ginger or ginger juice.