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Lemon Ginger Honey
Dietary Compliance: Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Almost-Paleo
This recipe for Lemon Ginger Honey is as simple as the title. In a jar, place alternating layers of ginger and lemon slices, then pour honey into the jar. Let it “cure” in the fridge for a day, give it a shake or stir, and what you end up with is a lemon-ginger infused honey syrup.
Once you’ve prepared a jar of lemon ginger honey, it can be added to herbal tea or hot water, used as a slightly diluted throat gargle, or taken by the spoonful for sore throats and coughs. If you can take the heat, cayenne or hot pepper sauce adds another level of inflammation and pain relief, while also helping to clear congestion and warm the body.
Here’s some info about the thyroid-friendly nutrients:
- The powerful anti-inflammatory properties of ginger can help relieve the inflammation often associated with thyroid disease.
- Chinese medicine suggests warming foods like ginger and ginger tea for the treatment of thyroid conditions.
- Lemons are a very good source of vitamin C, with one ounce providing 36% DV. A study recently shared in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism stated, “In patients with hypothyroidism and gastrointestinal pathology, vitamin C improves the abnormalities in serum free T4, T3, and TSH concentrations.”
Lemon Ginger Honey
Once you’ve prepared a jar of lemon ginger honey, it can be added to herbal tea or hot water, used as a slightly diluted throat gargle, or taken by the spoonful for sore throats and coughs. Dietary Compliance: Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Almost-Paleo.
MAKES 1 QUART
- 3-4 lemons
- 1/2 lb ginger root, scrubbed and trimmed
- 1 1/2 lb honey, preferably raw
- 1 quart-sized jar with tight-fitting lid
Thinly slice lemons and ginger, either by hand or on a mandolin.
Place alternating layers of lemon and ginger in a quart-size jar. Pour in honey, allowing it to settle all the way down to the bottom. A dinner knife can come in handy to help the honey work its way down. Seal jar with lid and refrigerate overnight.
Once the lemon ginger honey has had a night to "cure”, give it a shake or stir and use as desired. Keep refrigerated for up to 2 months.