Unfortunately, the end of summer is near. This means we are approaching the time of the year where we can easily fall prey to common health ailments – colds. The unstable weather can easily fool us and we can end up in bed, with high temperature and stubborn cough.
What are we here talking about? About common colds and a sore throat. I believe this to be the most tedious health problems.
And there’s nothing more tiresome and aggravating than getting a cold when you can still enjoy a good, sunny day outdoor with your friends and family. Right?
It’s time we strengthen our body and learn how to prevent a common cold and a sore throat from turning into something worse or more serious ailment.
So, I propose we think of a good strategy to keep our body strong.
As you may already assume, this strategy will turn our attention to kitchen. Every person already has the medicine in the kitchen that can beat these conditions and only needs to know how to use the magic ingredients.
So, please follow me to the kitchen where we can learn how to prevent and treat common health problems.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Remedy for: a sore throat
Unfortunately, the best homemade remedies that can help us feel better tend to be not quite delicious. But we are not looking for flavor, but medication.
Apple cider vinegar has traditionally been used for disinfecting, cleaning and cooking. The high levels of acidity can kill bacteria quite efficiently and due to the strong antibacterial properties, apple cider vinegar can easily help to neutralize infections.
How to use it?
Mixing apple cider vinegar with warm water and honey is an old medicine.
Add 1 to 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and one tablespoon of honey in a warm water, stir and drink while it’s warm. If you don’t want to swallow it you can increase the vinegar concentration, making the drink stronger and gargle with the mixture once or twice every hour.
Remedy for: a sore throat (nausea, fever, heartburn)
Cayenne pepper has been used therapeutically for centuries, and today it’s especially popular for its detoxifying benefits and cleansing benefits. It has been used to treat a variety of ailments such as nausea, heartburn, tremors, fever and among other things a sore throat.
A chemical compound called capsaicin is responsible for every hot pepper health benefits. The compound acts as pain reliever much as aspirin.
How to use it?
To soothe a sore throat, you need to mix ½ teaspoon of cayenne pepper and 1 teaspoon of honey in one cup of boiling water. Wait for the drink to cool off a bit, and when it’s warm enough drink it throughout the day, stiring every time as cayenne pepper tends to settle. Cayenne will also help with blow flow and additionally awake the body to fight the pain.
Remedy for: common cold (flu)
This flowering plant has been used as medicine for centuries, primarily as a remedy for colds and flu. There are nine species of echinacea and you might know it under different names such as purple coneflower. All part of the plant can be used as effective remedy – the leaves, stems, roost and flowers.
Echinacea supplements are highly popular, but you can make your own remedy: a tea or tincture or throat spray, what suits you.
How to use it?
To make tincture you can combine different beneficial plants to bring in more health benefits. Combine 1 tablespoon of echinacea, ginger, mint and thyme (include elderberry) and add 1 tablespoon of cayenne pepper (I have already point out why cayenne peppers are good for health) in a mason jar and pour ¼ cup of boiling water over the herbs.
Fill the rest of the jar with rum or vodka (at least 40% alcohol). Secure it with an airtight lid, and let it sit for at least two weeks (the longer, the better) and store in a dark place. Alcohol based tinctures have a longer shelf life and they can be used externally.
Take ½ to 1 teaspoon up to three times a day. If you want to dilute the tincture or do not want to consume alcohol you can pour the tincture into a hot drink (tea) for alcohol to evaporate.
To make tea simmer two teaspoons of dried root in one cup of water for twenty minutes. Strain it before drinking. You can also combine echinacea with other herbs of your choice.
Remedy for: a sore throat and cough (asthma)
The herb has an impressive history as a traditional medicine. Licorice was popular in ancient Arabia as a cough remedy, in ancient Greece as a remedy for asthma, and in China as a remedy for problems with gastrointestinal tract.
The licorice root is used widely for treating common health ailments, and one of it’s most well known uses is to alleviate discharge in bronchitis.
Drinking licorice root tea will help to ease congestion from coughs and colds, and provide some relief for the sore throat.
How to use it?
Mix 1 cup of chopped dry licorice root, ½ cup cinnamon chips, ½ cup of chamomile flowers and 2 tablespoons of whole cloves in a bowl and store it in a glass jar. Remember to store it in a cold place, away from light.
You can use this mixture to make a soothing tea. To do so, mix 3 tablespoons of the mixture and add 2.5 cups of cold water in a saucepan and leave it to boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Strain it and drink.
You can also add dried orange peel (this great recipe I have found on nourishingdays.com)