Oh yes. My magical elixir. Doesn’t look very good, does it? Honestly it doesn’t taste that great either, but it can really work wonders. I drink it whenever I feel like I have cold symptoms coming on, especially anything throat-related (if it’s scratchy, getting sore, anything like that). I get some hot water going in the teapot and pour it over maybe 2 tablespoons of honey. You want a bunch because it really helps to coat your throat and give it all of those amazing healing benefits. I add about a teaspoon of lemon juice (fresh is ideal but I usually use the bottled stuff I have in the cabinet), 1-2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar, and top it off with a teaspoon or so of cinnamon. It tastes the way you’d expect — sour and acidic with a hint of sweet in there somewhere, and a little cinnamon kick. Try to drink it fairly quickly so a) it stays hot and b) the cinnamon doesn’t all sink to the bottom and form a cloud of death.
Honey has some really awesome benefits all on its own. It helps to soothe coughs and sore throats, provides nutrients, can relieve seasonal allergies (if you are eating local honey — the closer to your home, the better), has antiseptic and antibacterial properties, boosts your immune system, and provides a natural source of energy. Lemon juice provides vitamin C and helps to flush out toxins. The high acidity of apple cider vinegar can help rid your throat of bacteria, and the amino acids can help to break up lactic acid in your body, helping you feel more energized. Cinnamon can help fight against bacterial and fungal infections, and its propensity to increase blood flow helps to improve blood oxygen levels to fight illness. All together it’s a powerhouse of ingredients — so just wait for it to cool down slightly and chug it. 🙂
And whenever possible, rep your home city of Cincinnati while you do so. 😉