A Natural Tea to Help Relieve Cold Symptoms
Are You Stuffed Up, Sniffly, or Suffering from a Sore Throat?
It happens to all of us: we wake up one morning with some, or all, of the symptoms of a cold. Some of us immediately head to the pharmacy to pick up some over the counter medication--but these aren't cures, they merely mute the symptoms.
In fact, to really cure yourself of a cold, you need the old-fashioned remedies of rest & plenty of fluids.
I'm not one to take medicine, but rather take the homeopathic/natural route. In addition to rest, I brew up a potent tea when a cold starts to get me down.
already in your kitchen!
If your nose is really clogged up, try inhaling the steam while the tea is boiling--this will help loosen up the gunk in your sinuses.
These ingredients are probably
This is what you need:
Crush a few cloves of garlic and grate some ginger. Boil the garlic and ginger with the amount of water you want for your tea in a small saucepan.
After it has boiled for a few minutes, pour into a mug. Stir a spoonful of honey into the tea. Squeeze a wedge of lemon into it (I like to leave the squeezed wedge in the tea as I drink it).
Sip slowly, inhaling the steam from the tea as you drink it.
You might smell strongly for the rest of the day, but drink as needed--you will feel better.
Did you know?
- Garlic is a natural antibiotic (please make sure you aren't taking any medications that garlic will interfere with). To gain the most benefits garlic has to offer, crush it and consume in the most raw state possible.
- Ginger isn't only helpful with respiratory infections, it also helps relieve nausea, menstrual cramps, and cramps caused by indigestion (gas).
- Lemons boost your immune system and help rid your body of toxins.
- Honey contains antioxidants (darker honey tends to have more) and soothes a sore throat.
While it is important to consult your doctor, it is also helpful to keep a reference book about natural alternatives around.
More by this Author
Recently, one of my teenage cousins expressed interest in playing football. My aunt and uncle firmly put their feet down, telling him it simply wasn’t an option. They both believe that the sport is too dangerous...
I've heard this question asked a lot lately--from co-workers, at online sites, and from friends during long walks around a local lake. The answer is NO. The purpose of wrist and ankle weights is not to intensify your...
A beginner's guide to knitting a scarf. This step-by-step guide teaches you how to knit a homemade scarf with directions for knit and purl stitches, two easy scarf patterns, knitting terminology glossary, and valuable...