Honey, lemon and ginger tea

This is a classic remedy for coughs and colds.

2.5cm (1 inch) piece of fresh root ginger
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice 1 tablespoon honey

  1. Grate the ginger into a jug (pitcher) or a teapot.
  2. Pour 1 cup of boiling water over the ginger and allow to steep for 3–5 minutes.
  3. Add the lemon juice and honey to a cup or mug.
  4. Pour the ginger tea through a strainer into the cup or mug.
  5. Stir well to dissolve the honey. Taste, and add more lemon or honey as required.

Bronchitis

Chronic bronchitis is an obstructive lung disease that may require ever- more intensive treatment. Anti-inflammatory antioxidants seem to be protective, and quercetin may play a key role. Pectin may help too.

Researchers say that high consumption of fibre and fruit is associated with less coughing. They believe flavonoids are partly responsible.

Heal from the inside out

Include the zest and juice of a lemon in your daily diet.

Women’s health

Fibroids

One possible reason for these non-cancerous growths in the womb is an oestrogen/progesterone imbalance. This could activate genes that encourage womb-muscle fibres to proliferate. Another possibility is being very

overweight, as fat cells produce oestrogen, and larger women tend to have high levels of blood sugar and growth hormone. A third possibility is pressure on and in the womb from congestion of blood and lymph in the pelvis. The fibre in lemons reduces the numbers of gut bacteria that produce the enzyme beta-glucuronidase, which enables the reabsorption of oestrogen from the bowel into the blood. The B vitamins in lemons encourage the liver to break down surplus oestrogen. And their vitamin C – with help from flavonoids – strengthens tiny blood vessels (capillaries).

Heal from the inside out

Include the zest and juice of a lemon in your daily diet.

Heavy periods

Possible triggers include stress, hormone imbalance, iron deficiency anaemia, inelastic blood vessels due to a poor diet, fibroids, womb infection, and inflammation from a contraceptive device.

Lemon juice is a traditional folk remedy for heavy periods. If it works, it’s probably because of some combination of its minerals (such as calcium, iron, magnesium and zinc), vitamins (such as beta-carotene and vitamin C) and flavonoids (such as rutin).

Heal from the inside out

• Include the zest and juice of 2 lemons in your daily diet.

Pre-menstrual syndrome

Pre-menstrual syndrome is probably caused by changes in levels of neurotransmitters, such as serotonin and GABA (gamma-amino butyric acid), resulting from oversensitivity to the changing balance of progesterone and oestrogen during this part of the menstrual cycle. Research suggests that glucaric acid salts help by suppressing the enzyme betaglucuronidase. This enables a process called glucuronidation in the liver, which makes oestrogen more water-soluble and thus aids its elimination in the urine. Limonene also encourages glucuronidation.

Regular treatment

Include the zest and juice of a lemon in your daily diet during the 2 weeks before you expect a period.

Oral health Gingivitis

Antioxidants and other anti-inflammatories in lemons may relieve the pain and swelling of unhealthy gums.

Regular treatment

Massage gums twice a day with lemon juice.

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