The Bee Raw Honey Holiday Clinic. Whether you need to warm up or cool off—adding raw honey to your minty lemon drinks can sooth, heal, and revitalize.
A popular drink served in homes along the Yangtze during the summer, the notion of adding raw honey and lemon to tea is highly praised for its medicinal value. Some say daily doses of raw honey and lemon may help ease the common cold, the flu, and upper respiratory irritation. Indeed, honey has long been known for its mild analgesic, or pain-killing properties, and the vitamins in lemon citrus boost the immune system.
In fact, honey acts as a topical antibiotic and can help neutralize bacteria in the throat, such as from strep or bronchitis, which can contribute to a cough. When combined with hot water and lemon, it clears mucus from your throat and provides a soothing coating to relieve the irritation usually caused by coughing. You can add 1 tsp. of raw honey to a hot beverage or mix one part lemon juice and a few leaves of raw mint with two parts honey in a bottle and take 1 to 2 tsp. an hour as a cough/throat syrup.
Why mint? Besides adding brightness to honey and enriching tea with a clean refreshment, mint is one of the herbs that has it all. It grows like a weed, is perfectly safe for use, and is an excellent remedy for reducing symptoms related to indigestion.—Zeke