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I have been suffering with a cold the last few days, even though it's not cold/flu season, the pesky cold can unfortunately bite at any time, and let's be honest the UK is not exactly in the throws of summer at the moment! In fact it has been quite cold here the last week.
If I can help it, I don't take conventional medicine (as I feel it only masks the symptoms) instead I like to go to natures pharmacy. This tea is what I have been drinking 3 times a day for the last 2 days and I feel it really helped me feel human again, faster than i normally would recover from a cold. It's strong, rich and warming to the soul, just what you need to fight a cold.
COLD KICKER TEA
Garlic is a real powerhouse. A natural antibiotic, anti fungal, and antibacterial, garlic is one super cold fighting ingredient you will want to use. It contains the immune boosting compound allicin.
Ginger is a brilliant root that you can purchase in almost every supermarket in every country. It has antibiotic properties, and can help digestion, detoxification, infections, inflammation, joint pain, and circulation.
Lemons are high in vitamin C, which is known to support the body's natural defences.
Raw Organic Honey If you can, make sure you use raw organic honey. Raw honey means it has not been pasteurised and processed, meaning the honeys healing properties are still intact. Raw honey is antibacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal and high in antioxidants. It will also help sooth a sore throat. You local health food shop should carry this, if you cannot find it anywhere else.
Turmeric is traditionally used as a spice in Asian cooking, and also in Ayurvedic medicine. It is a strong antioxidant, and helps to cleanse the whole body especially the liver. It is used to treat fever, infections and inflammations.The active ingredient in turmeric is called curcumin and has been proved to have similar effects as anti-inflammatory medicine. Turmeric and black pepper is a great pair to match. The black pepper helps to enhance the bioavailability of curcumin by a thousand times. Turmeric has a slight bitter taste.
Take 1-2 cloves of crushed garlic and a small knob of freshly grated ginger and place in a saucepan with 1 cup of water
Bring to the boil, reduce heat and simmer for 10-15 minutes
Pour into a cup (using a strainer)
add 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric powder
add freshly ground black pepper
I tablespoon of honey
Add juice of 1 whole lemon
Drink 2/3 times a day for three days.
Feel free to adjust quantities to suit (e.g. you may want to start with one clove of garlic and 1/4 teaspoon turmeric, or add more honey to sweeten)