Since Christmas ended I've been continually on the verge of being sick and this recent cold wave hasn't helped matters. The last few days I've been researching different DIY remedies old and new looking for the best ones. Below I've chosen a few to share. Some are expected tried and true recipes others are quite unexpected.
GINGER: Almost every contry agrees that this is one of the best cold, flu and general ailment busters.recipes are endless. Pairing ginger with another tried and true fighter- the lemon leads to endless yummy recipes here are a few:
Honey, Lemon and Ginger Flu remedy. Three ingredients known for their homeopathic properties, together are a great ailment buster. Add a ribbon and a label with instructions and it makes a great gift. Follow directions mix 1 tablespoon in hot water and drink.
GINGER TEA: chop up ginger and boil for 15 min or so and add any herbal tea to taste or lemon and some cinamon or cloves. Makes for an easy peasy remedy.
Another variation: In China they smash up one thumb length of ginger. Boil in 1 cup of water, simmer 20 min, add orange rind and simmer for another 10min.
APPLE CIDER VINEGAR: My new favorite ailment fighter. I feel like it cures/prevents everything. I am a strong believer. If you can't handle drinking a tablespoon a day or gargaling with it to alleviate sore throats, here are some other options:
“Delighted Momma” showed me how to make apple cider vinegar a little more drinkable with out losing its powers, which there are many. Just add a little water,apple juice and cinamon to make it more palateble. She also outlines many of the benefits of Apple cider vinegar.
Homemade Cough Syrup: Mix Vinegar, cayenne, honey and ginger to create your own natural cough syrup.
Not all cold fighting recipes have to be boring tinctures and syrups. You can utilize the power foods for everyday meals, desserts and even night time cocktails.
Clementine cold fighting smoothie soothes the throat and feverish body with a kick of vitamins.
Lemon Ginger cake with berries: Combining power foods into a seemingly delicious cake to help kick the cold. It's Raw and Vegan! I can't wait to try it!
44-clove Garlic Soup good soup to clear your sinuses pump up your immune system and keep you warm
Alot of spicy soups or ginger and green onion based soups are also good immune system boosters.
An unexpected supposed remedy I read about is to listen to 30 minutes of jazz a day. It supposedly boosts your immoglobulin A an immune protein that fights infection.
Light Excercise has also been proven to increase the efficiency of your immune response and works as an anti-inflametory that reduces risks of infection and elevates body temperature. I am a firm believer that a little light excercise definitely jump starts the immune system and gets it fighting.
Finally when you are finally feeling a little better and are ready for a night out, here's a fancy cocktail option that doubles as a cold fighter.
Happy Cold Season!!