When I feel a cold coming on, my go to is always cinnamon, honey, fresh ginger root, citrus zest,and fresh citrus juice.
My favorite thing is to make a "tea" or hot drink. My hubby always swore by Theraflu until he tried this healthy and natural remedy. My cold's go away much faster, many times the next day. My son just had a cup last week, his sore throat was gone the next day. It has a pleasant taste too.
Put the tea kettle on the stove with some water, of course. When it whistles, pour in about 1/4 of the mug with water. Add cinnamon....and stir well Fill it the rest of the way with water.
Then with a mircroplane, zest in some fresh ginger root. Zest in some orange/lemon/lime peel and squeeze in some juice from it also. Now add the honey. I use clover. There is no real measure for this. I just put in however much I feel I need. If its a strong cold, I go heavy on the ingredients. You can also add cardamom to this if you like it..its good for your lungs.
Sip this throughout the day, drink it before bed. You can use a tea strainer if you prefer not to have the microplaned bits, but they are healthy, so I just take them as they are.
Here's why it works:
Ginger gives your body a feeling that you have a fever and in turn, your immune system goes into overdrive to fight the infection. Honey not only soothes but its a natural antibiotic..so is cinnamon....and the orange juice/zest is a zip of vitamin c..go for the zest if you can. It has way more than a splash of citrus juice has in it.
It is important that you add the cinnamon to a small amount of water first, if you add it after the cup is full, you can't stir it hard enough to dissolve it.
Another thing, keep fresh ginger root in the freezer. I double bag it and use it directly from the freezer. I microplane it from frozen, right into my food, drinks, and put it right back in the freezer. You get full use of it this way, none goes to waste. I never peel it. Many times the peel has what we need most, so I use it when I can.
My boys know to get a spoonful of honey and sprinkle cinnamon on it when they have a cough or sore throat, they go right for it on their own..it helps better than any OTC medication we've tried. My grandma used to give me some when I had a sore throat, she knew it worked. People are too fast to run for medications that have side effects.
We also love toast with just honey and cinnamon on it. When I feel a cold coming in, I OD on these five ingredients and it usually zaps it in its tracks.
Cinnamon, Honey, Ginger Root, Citrus Zest and Fresh Citrus Juice.
Two of my Go To books when I need to find a home remedy....
Here is some good reading on Ginger.