The Philippines is categorized as a tropical country with two recognized seasons, wet and dry; although some may argue that there are three: hot (summer months from March to May), rainy (wet months from June to November), and cold (chilly months from December to February). As we welcome the new season, sometimes we also welcome nasty viruses that come with it. Sadly, despite the modern medical technology and continuous research, we are still susceptible to viral infections, and the flu season affects almost everyone of us in this planet.
Back in the days when I was working in the United Arab Emirates, my nurse friend used to give me flu vaccine shots in the clinic I frequently visited. The paranoid me surely would not rely on it alone for protection! I am a “DIY” person and in addition to the vaccine would always resort to the conservative way of prevention using my grandmother’s potion. It’s no secret. I’m sure most people know it too, but perhaps choose a different alternative. Anyway, it works for me so I stick with it. Having retired from corporate life in mid-2014, and dealt with many changing seasons in the Philippines and in the countries I’ve visited in between, “touch wood”, I haven’t been to any medical clinic since then. Here’s my recipe:
5-8 cloves of garlic, crushed and peeled
1/4 – 1 tsp of grated fresh ginger
2 cups of water
Boil 2 cups of water and pour into a glass jug.
Add in garlic and ginger and let it soak in the hot water for 10-15 minutes.
Add lemon juice and honey to taste.
We are now in the second week of March, which reminds me, it’s time to keep my pot boiling again!