I'm one who seldom fall sick, however the only sickness that troubled me very much is coughing. My family members are having the similar problem too, I believe it is all caused by our gene. I tried my best to avoid getting cough, by drinking a lot of water daily and avoiding frying food. However, I may get it at least once a year usually, and I would either suffer for weeks or sometimes months.
This year, I was hit by it 3 weeks ago, eating bottle after bottle of coughing syrups still couldn't help me from recovering, sigh....
Then early this month, I saw Ohbin posted this preserved lemons, according to her it helps to reduce coughing and soothe the throat. I wanted to make it so badly since I'm coughing terribly, but the down side of the recipe is it needs at least a year to preserve. Thus I didn't hurry myself into it and waiting to get the calamansi limes from my MIL once we get back to Seremban.
Then one fine day last week, I was chatting with my SIL and I brought up the topic about this preserved lemon, she immediate went to the pantry and dig out a bottle of dark brown colored preserved calamansi which was made by her mum. Woohoo... I quickly scooped 1 out from the bottle, mix with a tablespoon of honey, pour in 1/2 glass of hot water and pour the whole thing down into my throat. It tasted great, it did help to soothe my throat, I didn't really feel the itchiness in my throat for a while.
Then when I was back to MIL's house, she had something similar in the fridge too! Wow, now I had a bottle of the ready preserved calamansi, a bottle of concentrated calamansi syrup (cooked by MIL, able to cure cough too and it makes a very refreshing drink at the same time) to help removing my cough and not only that MIL gave me a kg of fresh calamansi lime so that I may preserve it myself :)
Hot boiling water
- Lightly wash the calamansi lime with hot boiling water (to remove any pesticide on the skin)
- Place all calamansi lime into a clean bottle
- Mix salt with boiled water, keep adding salt until salt won't dissolve anymore
- Pour salt mixture into the bottle of calamansi lime, covering all the fruits
- Cover the bottle and preserve for at least a year (remember to label the date)
To consume the preserve lime:
I'd been drinking it since yesterday for 2 to 3 times a day, and I must tell u, my throat is not as itchy, my coughing is reducing and I believe I'm able to sing beautifully in a day or 2 :p