Ancient Asian Secret
(Written during the Winter of 2016 while living in Seattle)
…Here we are right in the middle of flue season. After feeling a little puny recently, starting to get a sore throat and losing whatever energy I had left, I was eating some soup at a local restaurant that we love. I had asked for a soft roll instead of crackers with my soup because of my soon-to-be very sore throat (you know when you can just tell when you’re doomed with forthcoming sickness), and the owner, Moon, must have heard me because later she came over and told me what to do to feel better.
Her family has been using this recipe for centuries she said, and I was happy she shared it with me. I went to the store, picked up the necessary ingredients and went home and made it pronto. I call it “Miracle Juice” now because it’s now three days later, and not one sign of sickness. Not only that, but I seem to have more energy than I did before I started feeling sick. She told me her mother used to give it to her when she was low on energy and needed a quick pick-me-up. It picked me right up!
Because I am thankful for her sharing it with me, and I believe it’s only fair to share, I hope you try it and share it also.
Above are the simple ingredients you will need. The exact quantities vary, and I really wasn’t told exactly how much to use, but I figured it out, based on what I like.
It wasn’t a surprise to me that fresh ginger was one of the ingredients because it’s a natural antiviral which helps to fight against illness and bacteria that causes cold. Oranges-tons of vitamin C. Using only the white portions of green onions surprised me though because I wasn’t aware of the healing power of onions until now. They are extremely high in the antioxidant quercetin. Quercetin helps the body fight free-radicals, and boosts the immune response. Good to know.
Honey-probably to sweeten it up a little, plus the sweet golden liquid from the beehive is loaded with antibacterial and antifungal properties that has been used since the early days of Egyptian tombs. A pretty good combination if you ask me. When I was young and came down with what we just called a “cold,” off to bed I would go after taking a shot of honey and whiskey-that was my mom’s remedy to sweat it out of you!
In a large pot filled with simply water, I quartered about 5 oranges, the whites of 2 bunches of green onion because they were very small bunches, some fresh ginger-about 2-3 knobs, peeled and sliced. Boil, Boil, Boil, for about 5-10 minutes. She just said to boil it and then drink it warm.
I added the honey to each cup that I drank – about 2 teaspoons. Not a bad taste either. Kind of pungent with the onion and garlic, but with the taste of oranges and honey very soothing. The first night I drank about 3 cups of it. Then I saved it in the fridge until the next day, drinking a coffee cup of it warmed in the microwave and adding honey and then another cup at night. After the first night I felt like a million bucks!
I finally had my appetite back, had no signs whatsoever of a sore throat and am back on track. Thank you, Moon. This ancient remedy cures what ails you, but catch it fast at the first signs of weakness, sickness or soreness, and you’ll be good to go.