The sniffles, coughs and sneezes, the tiring aches and pains are all too familiar to those of us living in parts of the world that experience harsh winters. There are thousands of over-the-counter remedies promising to ease your suffering from lozenges to spritz and sprays, pills and capsules. But we’ve wandered too far from nature and stopped trusting our bodies ability to fight viruses and germ invaders.
I believe in today’s society of ‘modern’ medicine we’ve forgotten that nature actually does pack a punch and it provides all that we need in most cases. Garlic is natures antibiotic, and it is healthy on so many levels. Ginger, raw honey and cinnamon are also natures power houses, they are not just for flavouring. However, these ingredients are more powerful in their raw form, cooking usually reduces their potency.
Growing up in Poland, my grandmother, and maybe yours too, had all kinds of natural remedies for colds and flues such as warm milk with garlic and honey, which was my favourite. (Little sarcasm) These remedies weren’t the best tasting, but they did the job the natural way. Also don’t fight a fever, the fever is fighting with you to get you healthy. Let it do it’s thing if it’s not at a dangerous level.
This brings me to this powerful concoction my friend Dominica gave me, it combines these powerful ingredients into one kick-butt mixture.
What you’ll need
1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/2 cup of water
1/2 cup of raw honey
4 large cloves of garlic
1 tsp grated fresh ginger
1 tsp cinnamon
dash of cayenne powder
What to do
With a hand blender, blend all ingredients together. Store in the refrigerator in a glass mason jar with a lid for up to about 3 weeks. Take 1 tablespoon of mixture once a day from October to April as a preventative measure.
Note: This mixture does not guarantee you will never get sick, but with enough sleep, a healthy diet, exercise, and frequent hand washing, it can help boost your immune system and reduce your chances of catching a cold or flu.
I hope everyone stays healthy and takes good care of themselves this cold and flu season.