I'm a disabled artist with CFS/ME, a complex nuero-immune metabolic illness that causes me to be limited to my house and often my bed. Explore my life making art with CFS/ME through my blog and videos!
Nov 18, 2018 | Posted by Zeraph
It’s the most magical time of the year: First snowfall (here in New England, anyway) and the start of the Christmas season! However, it’s also time for lots of cold and flu bugs, and those come on top of the extra symptoms that many of us with ME/CFS experience year-round.
If you have ME/CFS like me, or many other chronic illnesses, you’ve probably noticed constantly-shifting symptoms of illness and infection, like chest congestion, sore throat, stuffy nose, sinusitis, candida issues, and more. Often doctors can’t do much to help and you’re left to pick yourself up on your own.
For people with ME/CFS, minor infections and inflammation can easily lead to profound crashes, with their even more disabling symptoms like difficulty moving, breathing, eating, drinking, and speaking.
I thought I’d share one of the things that helps me avoid crashes from infection symptoms and immune dysfunction. I struggle personally with chest congestion and sinusitis, especially when I’m tired or have overdone it, and this remedy is very helpful. Two or three cups a day puts me back on track and often limits infection-related crashes to one day rather than an endless string of days.
Super Ginger-Lime Immune Tonic
What you’ll need:
Optional: Your favorite immune-boosting and/or antifungal tea (Ex: Pau d’Arco, Echinacea, etc.)
1. Thinly slice plenty of ginger (about 1/3 of a medium hand of ginger) and put in a mug. You can reuse this ginger all day and it keeps working for 2-3 cups of tea.
2. Add a teabag with good quality ginger tea, and your additional immune-boosting tea if you’re using it.
3. Fill with boiling water and cover 10 minutes.
4. Squeeze a lime slice into the tea and drink while hot. (Don’t put it in with the water— the boiling water will destroy beneficial compounds in the lime.)
This is a strong tea and has powerful effects! Drink 3x a day for best results.
*If you prefer lemon, go for it. I prefer lime because it’s seedless (meaning no seeds in the tea!) and I feel it works a bit better for me.