You haven’t heard from me in a while because for several days I was under the weather with a terrible cold i.e. slight fever, congestion, sneezing, coughing, etc. Feeling much better now. So, I wanted to share some natural cold remedies that helped with symptoms.
I’ve been opting for natural teas made with raw honey, acv (apple cider vinegar), cinnamon, ginger( fresh or ground) and lemon. I also tried a tea that I found online which uses turmeric for added benefits. I drank it hot at first but stored the rest in mason jars in the fridge leaving me with an iced tea elixir. It was very good both ways. I don’t do medicine because I can’t stand the side effects. For the past several years I have been sticking to my guns by remaining medicine free and it has made an impact on my overall health.
Instead of sipping on theraflu which used to be my go-to cold remedy back in the day I swapped it for my all natural teas made from acv (apple cider vinegar), raw honey, ginger, cayene pepper, lemon, and cinnamon instead. Each of these ingredients have healing properties which include anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and more. You get the same benefits without the side effects! I used different varieties mixing the previous mentioned ingredients depending on my symptoms. You can adjust ingredients and amounts to your liking/needs but here is what I do:
ACV tea: Using a standard 8-10oz coffee mug add 2 tablespoons of acv (I use this brand), 1 tablespoon raw honey, 1/2 teaspoon powdered ginger or 1/2 inch fresh ginger peeled and sliced, and a sprinkle of cinnamon (about 1/4 teaspoon). Sometimes I add cayene pepper (just a pinch) for good measure. Steam water in a tea kettle or pot and add to mug. Drink this at least two to three times a day if possible.
All natural cough syrup: Take two tablespoons of fresh lemon juice, 1 spoonful of raw honey, a sprinkle of cayene pepper, a sprinkle of cinnamon and/or ginger and to a measuring cup that is heat resistant. Boil water in a small saucepan and add the cup to the saucepan while water is boiling to melt the ingredients to the texture of a syrup. Drink immediately and take this as needed throughout the day. Number of times depends on the severity of the symptoms and the person but it’s all natural so it will not hurt as long as you have no allergies to the ingredients.
I am not a doctor. I am sharing this information to help those who may be battling a typical cold/or flu symptoms and do not want to take over the counter medication. Use this information wisely and know that if your symptoms are more severe than a typical cold or flu you should consult with your doctor before taking matters into your own hands. These remedies are also meant to be preventative as well. If you feel a cold coming on or someone in your household has been sick you can consume these remedies beforehand to fight off the infection before it even gets to you. Much love and cheers to your health!!