2 pints boiling water
2 tablespoons flax seeds
2 organic lemons, sliced
1 cup honey
Pour boiling water over flax seeds. Add lemon slices and let steep 2-3 hours. Strain. (A fine mesh strainer works well for this.) Add 1 cup honey. Sip as needed. It's best if you allow it to set another hour or so to allow the flavors to mellow. We like this the way it is but it is rather strong so you could steep it a shorter time or dilute it with a little more water if you wish. It may not, however, be as effective.
Flax seeds are very mucilaginous which makes them wonderful for dry, scratchy throats. Honey is antiseptic, antiviral and antibacterial, as well as being soothing to inflamed tissue. The high vitamin C content of lemons is believed to potentially shorten the duration of the cold virus. Lemons are refreshing and cleansing to the palate which can be very pleasant when one's mouth is decidedly not fresh because of illness.
I hope you all enjoy this recipe. Who knows? Maybe you'll find yourself sharing it with your grandchild someday.
Note: This post involves 5 generations of the women of my family. The recipe was passed from my great-grandmother to my grandmother to me. My mother loaned her camera for the photograph which accompanies this post and my daughter took the photograph. Also, special thanks to my friend Kendra who grew the lovely lemons in the photograph.