It’s that time of the year again. All the kids are sick and the adults are dropping like flies. There are like 500 different strains of the flu going around and NO ONE is safe.
I am no exception.
A while ago, I came across this cold remedy by Tara Miller, holistic nutritionist (www.taramillernutrition.com) and it has literally become part of my essential ritual as soon as I feel a cold coming on.
Below is are the ingredients, recipe and information on the elements in the infusion and why they work well in warding off and fighting the flu. I have adjusted the quantities from the original recipe to suit my tastes and can be furthered modified depending on individual palates- just make sure to balance the flavors and maintain the original elements. I normally make one as soon as I wake up in the morning and drink another one as I soak in an Epsom salt bath (I will expound on salt soaks later) in the evening. I also let give my daughter a baby-sized cup (diluted with filtered water) to sip on when she is getting sick. It works wonders.
- 4 cups water
- Juice of 1 lemon
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1 inch of fresh ginger (sliced)
- 5 cloves
- 1 tbsp turmeric
- ½ tsp cayenne pepper
- 1 ½ tbsp manuka honey (the original recipe calls for raw honey but I am kind of obsessed with manuka. Organic maple syrup works as a sweetener too for strict vegans)
Add all of the ingredients except for the honey and the lemon to a pot and bring to a boil. Once it is boiling, lower the flame and let simmer for 10-15 minutes. Pour tea through a strainer into a mug and add the honey and the lemon. Stir and drink while warm.
*So what’s with the ingredients? Well, I was wondering too…and here is what I figured out (in short):
- Water: Helps maintain the balance of bodily fluids.
- Lemon: Alkalinizing. Rich in vitamin C which protects the body against immune deficiencies. Antibacterial.
- Cinnamon: Loaded with antioxidants. Anti-inflammatory properties. Helps fight bacterial and fungal infections. Blood sugar regulation. Increases elimination of toxins.
- Ginger: Reduces pain and inflammation. Warming effect stimulates circulation. Anti-inflammatory. Inhibits rhinovirus (which causes the common cold). Contains Gingerol, which has powerful medicinal properties.
- Cloves: Antioxidant. Anti-septic. Anti-inflammatory. Warming and soothing (rubefacient). Natural pain relievers.
- Turmeric: (one of the worlds healthiest foods!) Anti-inflammatory. Antioxidant. Antiviral and antiseptic.
- Cayenne: Causes the body to sweat, which eliminates toxins. Anti-cold and flu (breaks up and moves congested mucus). Anti-fungal. Anti-allergen. Circulatory support (detox stimulant). Antibacterial.
- Manuka honey: High in antibacterial enzymes. Antimicrobial. Alleviates allergies. Cough suppressant. Stronger antibiotic component than any other honey.
So in short, you should seriously give this a go before running to the pharmacy. 😉