As you can probably imagine, I’m not a huge fan of off the shelf cold remedies you might find in your local Boots or Superdrug. I always prefer a natural remedy whenever possible.
A few weeks ago when I was fighting a little cold, I bought a few turmeric tonic shots from my local Planet Organic. As effective as they are, they can be rather pricey at £3.50+ for a 50ml bottle.
Here’s my recipe for a quick little homemade tonic that will help boost your immune system and help those natural killer cells do their job of getting rid of bad bacteria and pathogens.
I’ve included a good dose of ginger for the lovely zing and the zinc, a mineral that is better at boosting the immune system than vitamin C. The turmeric in the recipe is packed with curcumin, an phytonutrient that has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties.
Oil of oregano is an incredibly powerful antioxidant, with important antiviral, anti fungal and antimicrobial properties through carvacrol and thymol, its active ingredients. I get my oil of oregano from Zane Hellas, a reputable Greek company. If you use oil of oregano, do not give this to children, as they cannot ingest essential oils.
What you need: (makes 2-3 servings)
1-2 lemons, cut in half and juiced
1/2 thumb fresh ginger, roughly chopped
1/2 thumb fresh turmeric, roughly chopped
a dash of cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon coconut oil
3-4 drops of oil of oregano
20 – 30mL water to dilute the mixture, depending on preferred strength and taste (for me, the stronger the better!)
How to make it:
- Juice the lemons into a cup, using a strainer to catch the seeds. I go old school and do it by hand. Remove the seeds and add the pulp back into the mixture.
- Add the ginger, turmeric, cayenne pepper, coconut oil, oil of oregano and water
- Blend for 30 seconds, or until the turmeric and ginger are not longer visible
- Pour half of the mixture into a cup and down the hatch!
- Store the rest in a glass container in the fridge for up to 5 days.
What are your cold remedies? I’d love to hear what your tried and true recipes and tricks are!
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