There’s nothing worse than being bed-ridden with a cold. Especially when you have somewhere to be. The burning throat, mountains of icky mucus and a never ending headache are enough to keep you under the blankets, safe and sound. Yet, there are times when we must muster up the courage to venture out of our warm cacoons to tackle daily life. My homemade cold remedy is natural, effective and most of all yummy.
It’s full of healthy spices that will help alleviate the symptoms of a cold and kickstart the recovery process.
Garlic: contains allicine, which is a powerful antibacterial and antioxidant component, assisting in the bodies natural defence against colds. The oil from garlic is also a natural expectorant, which helps to break up mucus within the body.
Ginger: is a powerhouse root that relives an upset stomach as it contains anti-inflammatory and anti-septic properties. Additionally, it’s zingy taste also encourages the release of toxins from the body through increases circulation.
Honey: gives a sweet flavour to the tea and soothes a sore throats, acting as a natural cough suppressant.
Cinnamon: keeps blood sugar levels stable to help the body continuously act against the cold. It also has benefits in alleviating headaches and clearing sinuses.
Turmeric: contains anti-viral, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties in it’s chemical compound curcumin, which help destroy free radicals that hinder the recovery process from the common cold.
Cayenne Pepper: is spicy, so use with caution. However, it is powerful in it’s ability to increase circulation and promote saliva which contain enzymes to defend against the common cold.
- 1 garlic clove, crushed
- 1 thumb of ginger, grated
- 1 Tbs honey
- A squeeze of lemon
- 1 Tsp cinnamon
- 1 Tsp turmeric
- A pinch of cayenne pepper
- Simply boil a pot of water and combine all ingredients in a large mug.
- Let seep for 5minutes then drain the liquid through a sieve.
- Enjoy this hot brew and it’s soothing and hydrating qualities.
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