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Honey has many health benefits and the shelf life is endless. Although I would not want to eat it, I have read that honey, that was still edible, has been found in ancient tombs. I keep local honey on hand all the time. I purchase it by the quart and keep some in a pint jar on the kitchen stove.
When I feel the first signs of a cold coming on, like the little tickle in my throat, I drink lemon juice with honey. It usually knocks it out. If it does continue, it will last only 3 days instead of the, as the old saying goes "3 days coming, 3 days with you, and 3 days leaving".
I buy lemons by the bag full, juice them and freeze by the tablespoon in ice trays.
Prep Time: 2 minutes
I had tried this last year when I had a very bad cold, it worked wonders on me to the point where I won't buy OTC meds now.
What I do is:
Take that for 3 or 4 times a day for a few days and end of problem!
No cold meds can do what this drink can do.
Also, this seems to work on some allergies. I had allergies really bad this past spring and I tried this drink on them and it worked very well. I don't know if it works on all allergies, but it sure did relieve my stuffed up nose and sinuses.
Source: This tip is all over the internet. Google cinnamon and honey, or honey and cinnamon for a cold remedy.
Take a 6 inch ginger root and slice it. Put it in a non-aluminum pot with about 3 cups of fresh water. Cover the pot tightly and bring to a simmer for 20 minutes. Remove from stove and add the juice of half a lemon, a pinch of cayenne pepper, and honey to taste.