It’s cold outside and I have a cold. Every year no matter how healthy I am, I get a cold when the weather drops. My cousin who studied biochemistry explained to me something about the spores in the air, but I really didn’t follow. Maybe she will read this and comment so that the mystery will be solved.
Moving just over a week ago, starting a long commute, doing yoga teacher training homework and assignments, and being really busy in my day job have created a lot of stress and not very little sleep. My diet also isn’t nearly as clean as I would like, with all of the change I’ve been turning to comfort foods more often than I should be.
Needless to say, this year, I’m run down and not surprised to find myself feeling the effects in the form of a big ol’ head cold. I’m thinking of this cold as the reminder I need to slow down and treat myself better.
Now that I am sick it’s time for my cold remedy tea. I’ve included the recipes along with all the information about why it’s such good thing to have when you aren’t feeling great below.
Other helpful things I’m doing to kick this cold in the butt fast are:
1- Oil of Oregano- diluted in water, straight up, I just can’t handle it, that stuff burns! I had some today and knew I was really and truly sick when I couldn’t even taste it. Check out this cool article about all it’s uses on Dr. Oz’s site.
2- Green juice with lemon and ginger. Vitamin C cold fighting heaven and immune boosting power all wrapped up into one.
3-Supplements, echinacea, zinc, vitamin C, fish oil, and vitamin D. My favorite brand is Metagenics but there are many good ones out there.
Recipe for Cold Remedy Tea
- 1 cup boiling water
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon raw honey
- 1-2 shakes cayenne pepper
- Fresh ginger, about an inch cut up into small chunks
Optional ingredients for added benefit but gross flavor:
- A garlic clove
- 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
Lemon juice has antibiotic effects, and is high in vitamin C which is vital for your immune system to function properly. Raw Honey is a natural antihistamine. Honey is antibacterial and anti-inflammatory this will help sooth and stop your cough. Cayenne Peppper helps treat sinus infection and has been shown to help reduce a fever due to it’s detoxifying qualities that help you sweat. It also has anti-irritant preparers that will help with sore throat and coughs and it’s anti fungal, anti bacterial, and anti allergen. Ginger will boost your immune system and help you sweat out your toxins. Ginger also contains germ fighting properties to repel both bacteria and fungus and to help you get rid of your infection. Ginger is my idea of nature’s antibiotic.
Garlic is high in vitamin C, eaten raw it will literally burn that cold away with it’s antibacterial and antiviral properties. Garlic is definitely part of nature’s doctor’s bag right along with ginger. Apple Cider Vinegar helps to reduce blood sugar; colds feed on sugar so you are cutting off their “food” source. It’s also full of healthy bacteria and probiotics that support optimal immune system functioning. Apple cider vinegar supports lymph system function and will help decrease sinus congestion. Apple Cider Vinegar is actually amazing for a whole host of reasons, check out this awesome Mind Body Green article about the benefits here.
This really helps! I’m already feeling better after 1 day since I drank this religiously yesterday. The combination will get you sweating out the toxins and start to break up any mucus you have and will also help to begin draining the mucus. Eeeeeaak I hate that word and I just wrote it 2x, my apologies!
Try it the next time you are feeling run down or sick to bounce back extra quick! (I’m rhyming now, I must be loopy.)
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