Ooohh baby it’s cold outside, and with the change of weather comes the winter bugs. Coughs, stuffy noses, sore throats; you get the gist. Our first inclination when we notice the first signs of a cold is to reach for over the counter cold meds. If you are like me these only seem to make matters worse. Cue foggy head and sometimes even more congestion than at the onset. I also detest taking any medication period as I feel like most medicine simply masks versus cure our ailments. After all big pharma is one of the largest global industries right up there with oil ( but we will save that discussion for another time). So if I don’t take over the counter medications what do I do? I reach for nature’s goodness. Hippocrates put it best – Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food. After research and trial and error here are my top three home remedies for the common cold.
- Hot Like Fire – This is the drink to make when you are full into cold and flu symptoms. The first time I made this drink it instantly warmed by body; I can’t lie I was taken aback at first. But not even two hours later I literally started feeling so much better. So here’s what you beautiful people need.
1 half of a lemon squeezed
1/2 tsp of cayenne pepper
1 tsp of finely minced garlic ( the finer you mince it the easier it will absorb in your body)
3/4 cup of hot water
Combine all ingredients, and enjoy. As a reminder garlic responds differently in everyone’s digestive system. You may experience a slight burning but don’t be alarmed it’s just doing what it needs to do.
2. Smooth Spice – This is the drink to offer you smoothing results. Sore throat, cough, congestion, maybe just starting to feel a little icky this is the drink for you. Coconut oil a prominent ingredient in this drink is a natural antiviral, immunity booster, helps regulate blood sugar, and even increases mental alertness.
1 Tbs of unrefined coconut oil
1 tsp of cinnamon
1 tsp of wild honey
1 cup of hot water
Combine all ingredients and sip slowly to let it fully soothe you.
3. Golden Milk – This is a classic immunity booster and detoxifier. It is packed with antioxidants and helps soothe the digestive track. This is great to drink at the first sign of a cold and can even be enjoyed daily maybe before bed as its ingredients aid in relaxation and stress reduction. The flavor is similar to a chai tea latte.
2 cups of almond or coconut milk
1 tsp of turmeric
3/4 tsp of cinnamon
1/4 tsp of cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp of ginger powder or a pinch of fresh minced ginger root
Dash of freshly ground black pepper
1 tsp of wild honey or high quality maple syrup
Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan over medium heat until hot (do not boil) and serve immediately. If too spicy for your taste you can eliminate the cayenne pepper. It can also be blended in a food processor before heating to provide a creamier frothy texture. Enjoy.
These beverages can be enjoyed up to twice a day. Be sure to drink plenty of water. Also try to avoid any processed white foods while you are fighting a cold. That includes: sugar, flour, and milk. These foods increase inflammation in the body and your body needs all its energy to focus on fighting the virus. Whole foods are always a great idea. I hope these tips help. And as a reminder I am not a licensed physician these are merely suggestions. Please seek necessary medical attention as you see fit.
Good health to you all 🙂