It’s that time of the year again, with this cold, the common cold is bound to hit at least 3 out of 5 of us. It is dreadful really and I still remember my last one, that cough, running nose, congestion, the sore throat, achy feel, fatigue, headache and mild fever arrrrgh.
The best thing you can do is get a lot of rest and stay hydrated, but more often than not it gets you at the most inopportune times. Responsibilities that just can’t be ignored we and need that little boost to get you feeling human again. To survive I have collected a number of remedies over the years.
P.S all you need is handful of kitchen supplies.
SPICY COLD SYRUP
Apple vinegar cider-1/4 cup
Water or lemon juice-1/4 cup
Ginger-3/4 tablespoon( or grate a small portion of fresh rhizome)
Cayenne pepper-1/2 tablespoon (can also crate fresh ones or use the powder)
Mix all ingredients thoroughly and bring to simmer take a tablespoon at a time every few hours. Its always better warm.
|this is what it looks like
You can make it in less concentration and take it as a juice, i find it tasty but that is subjective. in case you lack all the ingredients you can improvise
Honey ( you can dissolve in warm water)
Honey+ lemon juice ( garlic/ginger is optional)
just play around with what you have
Why the ingredients
Cayenne pepper, honey, and ginger are all natural expectorants, they help loosen phlegm or mucous from the lungs, making it easier to rid yourself of it and therefore relieving pressure and making you more comfortable. Cayenne also works as a decongestant, thanks to the natural chemical capsaicin, which helps relieve swelling and inflammation that is narrowing nasal passages. Apple cider vinegar is thought to help thin out mucous being secreted, making it easier to drain the congestion. Lemon juice is also thought to help with congestion.
herbs like sage, thyme or oregano a very useful
|this is cayenne pepper
|Don’t use honey for infants
Don’t use honey for infants, beware of preexisting hypersensitivity to ingredients and in case of heartburn don’t use concentrated lemon juice.