I haven’t gotten a cold this season! That very thought is more like a curse than a good fortune. It pops up in the middle of the most menial activity like a ghost, only to remind that the day of condemnation is right around the corner. Happens every time, like magic. And it doesn’t stop there.
Ah well! A cold is a cold. Sufferance is written in stone.
The combination of honey and lemon to fight a cold is an age-old remedy. Neo Citran patrons swear by its potency. My husband never forgets to have a pack at the ready at home. I cannot drink that as it frankly repulses me. Instead, I would rather a hot drink of rosemary-infused honey and lemon. It tastes better … way better. And it works wonders. The added advantage of rosemary relieves migraines and the body’s aches and pains. And I love rosemary because it is so beautifully fragrant.
Rosemary-infused honey is easy to make, is a fabulous replacement for table syrup, and serves as a fantastic addition to just about anything you please. So next time you have a few sprigs of rosemary left over don’t throw them away, make some rosemary honey and store it in your fridge – it keeps well for weeks. The versetility of this herbal remedy/condiment is well worth having at home.
Rosemary Honey Syrup
- Honey: 1 cup
- Rosemary: 4 sprigs + 1 sprig
- Water: 1/4
- Prepare a sterilized jar. Add one or two fresh sprigs of rosemary inside and set it aside.
- Simmer the honey, water and 4 sprigs of rosemary in a pan for about 5-7 mins. Turn off heat, skim the top, cover and let sit until it cools down moderately.
- Pour the honey in the prepared jar, cover and refrigerate.
To make a hot cup of my cold remedy, add 1 tsp of rosemary honey in a boiling hot cup of water, to that add a sprig of fresh rosemary and a slice of lemon and let sit till cooled enough for you to drink.