Recipe: Flu Season Ginger Honey Lemon Tonic

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Today is the first day I've eaten much of anything since Sunday the Second of December. Eleven days of the flu. Extremely unpleasant. Details will be withheld.

All you need to know is that to stay alive, I drank a warm soothing drink with ginger, honey and lemon. I'm not here to give medical advice, but I can say in very simple terms that this drink kept me alive when it seemed the flu was trying to kill me.

From now on, I'm keeping fresh ginger on hand at all times. Even if you aren't as down and out as I was, this is a very soothing elixir, perfect for chilly winter days, no matter the state of your tummy.

Flu Season Ginger Honey Lemon Tonic

makes one serving

1 cup water
1" or so ginger root, roughly chopped
1 organic lemon wedge
1 teaspoon honey, or to taste

Bring the water and ginger to a boil, then lower flame, add the lemon (squeeze it into the water then drop the whole thing in) and keep at a low simmer for a few minutes. Pour into a mug and stir in the honey. Drink it in good health.

Per serving, based on 1 servings. (% daily value)
5.9 g (2%)
0 g (0.1%)
5.9 g
0 g (0%)
9.8 mg (0.4%)

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