I had a sore throat. My mother said:
“Drink hot lemon. Use the whole lemon.”
Yeah, yeah, I know about lemons. Indeed, lemon water – a squeeze o’ lemon in water plus the peel – is my daily, refreshing, health-giving drink.
The whole lemon? A revelation.
“In the days before antibiotics, that is what we used,” says my mother, now aged 93. “My grandfather used to gargle every morning with warm salted water to prevent infections.”
So I squeeze the juice of a whole lemon in a mug of boiling hot water and add a dessertspoon of honey.
Don’t stint on the honey. It makes it delightful to drink – and honey adds health-giving properties.
I cannot mention honey without comment: How outrageous that pesticides used by chemical agriculture are killing our beautiful bees.
My throat felt much better. So I made myself another hot drink with the juice of a whole lemon. And my sore throat was cured.
I also reach for the raw ginger, and raw garlic, when under-the-weather. What are your favourite natural remedies?