Why the "Spanish remedy" works
Lots of people of Latino or Spanish heritage will advise you that whenever you've got a cold, no other cure functions as well as a tea comprised of garlic, lemon, and bee honey.
"Make no error: If you come down with a cough or cold in Spain or South America, your host will likely offer a pile of garlic clove and a warm cup of lemon honey tea," says Douglas Schar, DipPhyt, MCPP, MNIMH, who was offered garlic, lemon, and honey tea when he caught a cold out in the wild of northern Spain. "The mixture worked quickly, but it was a bit tough going down."
Named the "Spanish cure," this cough-inhibiting decoction may help relieve colds 3 ways.
Garlic Exactly the same oils that provide garlic its unique fragrance are transferred by the bloodstream into the respiratory tract. There, they inhibit coughing and cold microorganisms, and they are powerful decongestants.
Honey While there's little research on the subject, many cultures are convinced that honey is a respiratory tonic, gently enhancing respiration. Honey is known to be anti-microbial, and it helps the immune system fight an infection.
Lemon Based on Schar, "Lemon juice reduces and thins phlegm, which makes it easier to unclog a stuffed-up respiratory system." Lemon juice also alters the body's pH, possibly rendering it less hospitable to viruses and bacteria.
Garlic Tea Recipe In a large saucepan, bring 3 cups of water and 3 cloves of garlic (cut in half) to a boil. Turn off the heat when the water boils, and add 1/2 cup of honey and 1/2 cup of fresh lemon juice. Strain. Sip 1/2 cup, warm, three times a day. Refrigerate extra to use the next day.