Ginger, Lime & Honey: A Recipe For Health

Words: Dr Deborah OLENEV

Here is a simple recipe that can bring you pleasure and boost your immune system at the same time. May this give you good health this winter and a long life.


  • Cut and grate about an inch of fresh ginger
  • Squeeze the juice of one lime
  • Add a teaspoonful of honey
  • Combine the above in a mug of boiling water.

Properties of Ginger 

  • Ginger is anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-microbial, anti-viral, anti-spasmodic, and much more
  • For colds, it helps to loosen phlegm and relieve chills. In fevers, it induces sweating, thus bringing the temperature down
  • For coughs, ginger aids in expanding the lungs, loosening phlegm and breaking down and removing mucous.

Other Uses   

  • Ginger helps with motion, or car sickness. Also, jet-lag
  • In the digestive sphere, ginger helps with nausea, indigestion, stomach-aches, irritable bowels, colic, loss of appetite, gas, and diarrhoea
  • Ginger is anti-spasmodic and relaxes the muscles. It is used for arthritis pain and menstrual cramps
  • A paste made with powdered ginger and water, or a few slices of fresh ginger applied to the forehead can help halt a headache; also migraine
  • Ginger in water taken first thing in the morning can help regulate blood sugar.

Properties Of Lime

  • Lime is an antioxidant, which means it helps detoxify the body from free-floating hydrogen molecules, so that more oxygen is free to be utilised by the body
  • Lime has many minerals, such as calcium, phosphorous, iron, and vitamins A, B and C
  • Limes have many wonderful uses, but since our subject is colds, this is what it does in the sphere. Lime is anti-bacterial, so it can help protect you from colds and flus. The high vitamin C content helps to prevent colds and the tendency to get recurring colds. It is a good idea to add lime juice to your water during the day in the winter months to keep your immune system in good order
  • Lime mixed with honey and hot water can help relieve laryngitis
  • A juice of one lime mixed with one teaspoon of honey and a little salt may be consumed 2-3 times a day to help with coughs
  • The juice of one lime, combined with crushed onion and a tablespoon of coconut oil and applied to the forehead helps bring a fever down
  • Squeeze lime, or lemon juice into a glass, add salt and drink to ease mucous in the throat.

Follow the ginger, lime, and honey recipe, as given above, to strengthen your immune system.

Other Uses 

  • Lime is anti-inflammatory, so it can help with conditions like arthritis, gout and urinary tract and bladder infections. It helps to prevent the formation of kidney stones
  • Lime lowers cholesterol
  • Lime purifies the liver
  • Lime helps with constipation, clears the bowels and eliminates toxins from the digestive system
  • Lime helps with irregular menstruation. Use the juice of a whole lemon, or lime, with a tablespoon of honey and two cups of hot water, and drink it three times a day
  • Lime helps with skin and beauty care. It helps to rejuvenate and protect the skin and hair. It also helps with dandruff
  • Lime helps with cessation of smoking. The directions are to squeeze a lime and mix with water and drink it three times a day
  • Lime helps the eyes from aging and protects against macular degeneration. The vitamin C in lime helps protect the cornea from the UV rays of the sun
  • Lime helps with diabetes
  • Lime helps with hydration and rejuvenation of the body; it helps fight fatigue
  • Lime helps with weight loss. Consume lime with a glass of water, twice a day
  • Rub the neck, temples and forehead with the juice of a squeezed lime twice a day when you have vertigo
  • Lime helps maintain healthy gums due to its vitamin C content and antimicrobial properties
  • Lime helps with heart health due to the magnesium and potassium present in it
  • Lime helps with gout, because it is an antioxidant — it helps to reduce the uric acid in the body.

Properties of Honey

  • Honey is delicious, also anti-bacterial, antiseptic, antifungal, and antioxidant. Honey breaks down in the stomach and not in the mouth, so it does not cause cavities
  • Honey helps with respiratory ailments. It helps with chronic and asthmatic bronchitis; chronic and allergic rhinitis and sinusitis
  • Honey helps with colds and flus, respiratory infections and a depressed immune system
  • Honey helps with nasal congestion. Put honey in a pot of hot water, with a towel over your head and breath over it
  • For sore throat, let a teaspoon of honey melt in the back of your mouth and drip down your throat
  • For conjunctivitis. Dissolve an equal amount of honey and warm water and apply to the eyes.

Other Uses

  • Bedwetting — a teaspoon of honey before bedtime aids with water retention
  • Allergies — a teaspoon of honey taken three times a day can help with seasonal allergies
  • Anaemia — honey is a blood enricher. It is a natural source of iron
  • Fatigue and low energy — honey provides a steady release of energy without the fluctuations that sugar causes
  • Osteoporosis — honey assists in calcium utilisation and helps to prevent osteoporosis
  • Insomnia — a teaspoon of honey in warm milk helps to deliver sound sleep
  • Migraines and headaches. Sip a teaspoon of honey in warm water at the start of a headache, and repeat every 20 minutes, if necessary, to stop the headache from advancing
  • Burns — honey can help heal burns, prevent infection and promote scar-less healing. Bacteria cannot survive in the presence of honey
  • Indigestion and constipation — combine honey with apple cider vinegar in a glass of water for relief
  • Diabetics can take honey in small quantities
  • Honey has food preservative properties
  • Longevity — the most long-living people in the world consume honey regularly
  • Face cleanser — honey and oatmeal mixed in equal parts and applied to the face for half-hour will deep cleanse the face and help with acne.


I believe this simple recipe of ginger, lime and honey will help keep you and your loved ones in good health this winter and always. The information comes from Dr Robin Murphy, ND, books: Superfood Wellness Guide and Herbal Wellness Guide, published by Lotus Health Institute.

Dr DEBORAH OLENEV, CCH, RSHom [NA], is a Classical Homeopath based in Mountain View, California, US. She treats people from all over the world via phone and video conferencing. Dr Olenev has had a passion for homeopathy for nearly forty years and has been in private practice since 1991. She has a vast knowledge of homeopathic Materia Medica, and integrates homeopathy with herbal medicine too. She is the owner of First Aid Cream, where she teaches about and sells homeopathic first-aid creams. She has several years of experience treating autistic children and people of all ages for all manner of health conditions.

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