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. Ginger has a lot of zinc, a mineral that is better at boosting the immune system than vitamin C and turmeric 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.
What you need:
1 lemon, cut in half and juiced
1/4 thumb fresh ginger, roughly chopped
1/4 thumb fresh turmeric, roughly chopped
a dash of cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon coconut oil
4-5 drops of oil of oregano
10 – 20mL water to dilute the mixture, depending on preferred strength and taste (for me, the stronger the better!)
How to make it:
- Juice both halves of the lemon into a cup with a lemon juicer. I go old school and do it by hand, using the red hand juicer in the picture at the top
- Add the ginger, turmeric, cayenne pepper, coconut oil and water
- Blend for 10-20 seconds, or until the turmeric and ginger are not longer visible
- Add the oil of oregano and stir for 10 seconds, or until it is no longer visible on top of the mixture
- Down the hatch!
What are your cold remedies? I’d love to hear what your tried and true recipes and tricks are!