Lemon, Ginger and Oil of Oregano Cold Remedy

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. 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: 

  1. 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
  2. Add the ginger, turmeric, cayenne pepper, coconut oil and water
  3. Blend for 10-20 seconds, or until the turmeric and ginger are not longer visible
  4. Add the oil of oregano and stir for 10 seconds, or until it is no longer visible on top of the mixture
  5. Down the hatch!

What are your cold remedies? I’d love to hear what your tried and true recipes and tricks are!

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