What time of day should I drink lemon with honey, how much? I have Covid-19 for 5 days, very sore throat, cough with phlegm. (Lan, Hanoi)
In oriental medicine, honey and lemon are natural panacea that are very good for health because they contain many vitamins and minerals but are low in calories. This mixture works to both beautify, lose weight, cure diseases, and support effective digestion.
Lemon is very rich in vitamin C, sour taste, cool property, heat clearing effect, cough treatment, digestive benefits. The peel has a bitter taste, the aroma, the cold property, the effect of ventilation, sputum expectoration, and cough with phlegm. Honey is both a food and a medicine, treating chronic coughs, clearing toxic heat, detoxifying, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory, having the ability to prevent respiratory infections, cough, sore throat.. .
Should drink honey lemon in the morning, before eating and lunch, and at dinner should only drink diluted honey, do not add lemon. On hot summer days, you can also use a mixture of lemon and honey to quench thirst, purify the body, and replace sugary drinks that can cause weight gain.
You just need to mix lemon juice and pure honey with warm water to dilute and enjoy. Many people soak lemon directly with honey, mix with water and drink gradually every day.
In addition to honey, you can use a mixture of lemon with warm ginger in the ratio of 1/2 lemon combined with three slices of ginger to treat sore throat.
Do not drink lemon and honey continuously for a long time, drink instead of water. Also, do not drink lemon juice and honey too many times a day because lemons have a sour taste and contain a lot of acid. Do not drink on an empty stomach leading to stomach ulcers. Honey also has a hot property, so people with hot weather do not drink much, causing acne.
General practitioner Bui Dac Sang
Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology, Hanoi Association of Oriental Medicine