The cold and flu season is officially upon us and MAN, it’s hitting hard this year! In the last couple of weeks it seems like almost every family I know has someone fighting it one way or another. And what’s going around this year is a doozy… a nasty bug with super-sized strength!
Our whole family has suffered. Growing tired of over-the-counter products that don’t work well, I decided to close my medicine cabinet and open my kitchen cabinets instead.
Here are my favorite fast-healing, do-it-yourself remedies.
The BEST cold fighting ingredients:
Glancing through your pantry you’ll probably find these simple ingredients.
Ginger: Used to treat coughs, colds, and congestion. Ginger also acts as an antihistamine to help with allergies.
Cinnamon: This loveable spice has antifungal properties and can even kill off the worst offenders, like E-Coli. Cinnamon is known to aid with headaches and migraines.
Honey: This is the only food that never rots or spoils and it’s super soothing for a sore throat. Honey is so amazing that it can be placed topically on cuts and burns to help promote faster healing with less infection.
Garlic: Containing anti-microbial abilities, garlic fights off viruses, bacteria, fungi, yeast and intestinal parasites.
Vinegar: The best products you can buy for use in almost every room of your house. Vinegar helps soothe that sore throat and kills the bacteria that grows in your nose.
DIY Cold Remedy Recipes:
Mega DIY Flu and Cough Buster
• ¼ tsp Cayenne Pepper
• 1/3 Garlic, crushed
• ¼ tsp raw Ginger
• 1 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
• 1 Tbsp raw Honey
Dissolve the cayenne pepper, garlic and ginger in the apple cider vinegar. Add honey. Shake well. Take one teaspoon as need.
Honey and Cinnamon Cold Remedy (pictured above, spread on my yummy apple!)
• 1 tsp raw local Honey
• ¼ tsp Cinnamon
As soon as you feel your cold coming on, mix your honey and cinnamon together and enjoy a batch twice a day for 3 days. Try mixing it into your tea, or have your kiddos dip their fresh fruit in it. You can also spread it on toast instead of jam.
Maggie’s Cough Remedy
• ¼ tsp Cayenne
• ¼ tsp Ginger
• 1 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
• 2 Tbsp Water
• 1 Tbsp Honey (use a locally produced raw honey, if possible.)
Dissolve cayenne and ginger in the apple cider vinegar and water. Add honey and shake well. Take 1 Tbsp as needed for cough. This can be saved in a jar in your refrigerator. Shake well before each use.
Sweetened Raw Apple Cider Vinegar Elixir
• 1 1/2 cup of Cold Filtered Water
• 2 Tbsp of Apple or Grape Juice (whatever is fresh from your juicer!)
• 2 Tbsp of raw Apple Cider Vinegar
• 1/2 tsp of Cinnamon
• 1/2 tsp of Stevia
Place all of the ingredients into a glass and stir until mixed. Add a couple ice cubes and enjoy!
* Disclaimer: Remember individual results may vary and always seek a doctor’s advice. Happy healing!