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Treating Fever, Sore Throat and Colds With Ginger Ale

Updated on February 15, 2013
Ginger (Zingiber officinale)
Ginger (Zingiber officinale)

Immediate Relief With Ginger

Having flu is one thing you don’t want to happen especially when you are up to do something important the next day. It can ruin everything you have planned and work for. That fever, the colds, the cough are just so irritating and very inconvenient.

But what can make the situation worst when you already got the flu? That is when you are out of flu relief medicines and that you can’t find any open pharmacy. So, what can you do then? Well, you can always look at your kitchen and see if there any ginger. Yes, you have read it right. Ginger!

In the Philippines, almost every household have their own stash of spices that may include garlic, onions, pepper, and ginger. Well, most Filipinos love to put good spices on their dishes. And having a garlic can become handy with a flu.

Growing up, I have heard of the wonders of ginger ale or salabat as what we Filipinos call it. When I was young, I never knew exactly what are the therapeutic effects ginger can provide but I know that it’s good when you are having fever, or that if you’re having a problem with your throat or voice.

I am no medical expert but what I am going to say here is from what I had experienced with ginger ale. I did have the flu a few weeks ago. I was feverish. My throat is so irritating. I know there’s a lot of phlegm. It pains me when I cough or when I speak. And I was out antibiotics or any flu medicines. And a run to a pharmacy of course is out of my option then.

Then it came to me. We do have ginger, and I can make my own homemade ginger ale and see if it can give me some relief. And that is just I did. I went to the kitchen, get some ginger, around 10 grams I think and peeled it off.

Once peeled, I sliced the ginger and pound it. Then I put it on a boiling pan with around 500ml of water and tossed it on the stove. The water with the sliced and pounded ginger were then boiling after a couple of minutes, but I let it boil and simmer for around 10 minutes before I decided to turn the heat off.

I drank what I made, slowly for the drink was still hot. It’s quite hot, I mean spicy hot. But I can already feel the immediate relief for my fever. I was sweating. And in each sip, I feel somehow relieve and that I can feel that my throat is quite behaving well to it. In each sip, I sweat more.

Well, guess what happens the next morning. I woke up without my fever, and that my throat doesn’t hurt that much anymore and I was coughing easy. I was able to get rid with some phlegm with an ease.

Thanks to my homemade ginger ale! I thought I would be kept in my bed for the rest of the day, but I wasn’t. Well, it’s really up to you if you want to try. I’m sharing an alternative when you ran out of medicines.


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