Many years ago, while visiting my friends in Bristol, I went down with the flu and my dear friend Debunia introduced me to the Five Elements Drink. She prepared it for me and when I was drinking it, it actually felt like a life elixir. With every sip I had a feeling of my poor body being soothed and brought back to health. Next day I felt much stronger and within 4 days the flu disappeared. I had been advocating this natural remedy ever since.
Spring is a funny time of year. Of course, I love it (I was born in the Spring), but it often happens that after winter, when our biological batteries are low and we miss the Sun desperately, we catch a cold.
So this year, just after our wedding (over 2 weeks ago now), I had a flu. I applied Five Elements Drink for 5 days and I was cured. Then, my husband got it. So I am back to making Five Elements Drink, this time for him. I want to share it with you, try this and let me know what you think about the results.
The five elements you need are: Garlic, Ginger, Cloves, Lemons and Honey:
First fill a small (about 1.5 litres) cooking pot with fresh cold water, throw about 20 cloves into it and put it on the fire. Take a piece of ginger (about 2-3cm piece), peel it, cut it into small pieces and add to the water. Next peel about half a head of garlic, cut all the cloves of garlic into small pieces and add them to the water. This amount should be sufficient for about 4 servings, enough for 1 day.
Bring it to the boil, decrease the heat and simmer for about 4 minutes. Pour the mixture into the mug (up to 3/4 full) using the strainer. Wash the lemon, cut it in half and squeeze the juice into the mug. If the lemon is very big, use only half of it.
Add a tablespoon of honey to the mixture.
Drink it 3 to 4 times a day, until the symptoms of cold disappear. If you need to be away from home during the day, prepare the mixture in the morning, pour it into the thermos, adding the juice of 3 lemons and 3 tablespoons of honey. Sip it often throughout the day.