From: The Berkey Guy
I am a generally healthy guy. I hardly ever get sick, but when I do feel a bug trying to set-in, here’s what works for me.
I have a couple of orange trees which produce good size fruit. In my experience, eating freshly picked fruit is much more preferable than eating fruit that has been picked and transported from a non-local source.
One of the keys to my taking this remedy has to do with:
- I use this remedy immediately when I feel flu-like symptoms such as a slight body-ache, sudden fatigue, slight temperature, or just plain lousy (everyone should be familiar with how his/her body reacts when the a flu begins to set-in).
- I have found it exponentially beneficial to eat the peels along with the oranges, in addition to the oranges used to make the tea.
- Generous rest must be part of your preventing severe flu onset!!! If you think you’re getting sick, go to bed early, take it easy, and relax!
- I use raw honey along with the tea that I make. It’s awesome.
Here are the simple steps to how I prep my tea.
- 3 quart sauce-pan
- stove-top (or cooking surface to heat the sauce-pan if off grid)
- ~2.5 quarts of drinking water (I use water from my Berkey)
- 6-8 freshly-cut & healthy oranges (slightly bigger than a baseball)
- Raw honey
- Select the biggest oranges with the healthiest looking peels. Great oranges are fragrant and have a wonderful weight. The orange should be firm, with a slight “squeezability” to it.
- I do not tear the orange from it’s stem at the tree. I cut a portion of the stem on which it hangs along with a few leaves (about 4-5 inches of the stem). Once you have gathered a healthy amount of oranges, you will need to wash them previous to eating them and using them for the tea.
- Do a good job cleaning the oranges. My orange trees are not sprayed with any pesticides, although some areas and individuals do spray their trees with chemicals. Thankfully, I don’t have to worry about that. A great cleaner that I use with other fruit that might have chemicals on them is Environné. Also be sure to wash the leaves (you can leave the stem attached if you like-no pun intended).
- I fill ~2.5 quarts of water into a 3 quart pan with water from my Berkey and bring it to a boil.
- While the water is heating up, I peel 4-5 oranges and retain the peels. We’ll place them to boil along with the leaves. A good rule-of-thumb is to use enough orange peels to cover the surface of the water in the pan.
- I then eat the peeled oranges. With another 2 un-peeled oranges, I will eat them whole, peel and all after I wash them.
- Once the water is boiling, I will place the cleaned leaves and peels in the pan and keep the heat on medium to low. You will know that the peels are done when their color has reduced noticeably and the water has a strong orange-tint to it.
- I then pour 2-3 tablespoons of raw honey into a mug and use a measuring cup to transfer the hot water from the pan into the mug. I then stir the mug contents to get a nice mix of the honey and the orange-tea. I let it cool down so it’s comfortably warm- my wife likes drinking it when it is scalding hot.
- I then will drink two to three mugs of the tea…then it’s off to get some rest!
This remedy has done wonders to help me and my family and friends!
-The Berkey Guy