This is a wonderful natural cold remedy which can help to clear a cold and help to boost a flagging immune system.
Firstly grate a large knob of ginger into a saucepan of water, bring the water to the boil and then allow it to simmer for 15 minutes. Turn off the hob and then sieve enough water for a mug full and then leave the rest on the hob for later to be re-heated.
Next, add the following 3 ingredients: 2/3 tea spoons of raw cider vinegar (I recommend Biona’s), the juice from a lemon and some organic honey. Once you’ve added all the ingredients, drink the mixture. Some people can find the cider vinegar a bit too stringent so adjust to taste.
This drink works very well because of all of the healing properties of the ingredients, which are explained below.
Why This Remedy Works
Ginger has anti-inflammatory properties that help to reduce inflammation of the throat and nasal passages that you can often experience with common colds. It’s also great for treating nausea so if you feel sick with a tummy bug, ginger will do the trick.
Apple cider vinegar contains potassium and enzymes that help to boost your energy levels and aid recovery. It also has antibiotic properties that can help to deal with bacterial infections that cause diarrhoea.
Lemon juice is a natural antiseptic and helps with immune system function due to its high content of vitamin C. It also works to decrease the toxicity of any virus that might be looming in your body.
Organic honey, according to many studies, can cut your common cold by two days. A combination of lemon and honey helps to loosen phlegm on the chest and can help to sooth a cough.
Why It’s Better Than Off-The-Shelf Remedies
When we get a cold the first thing our body does is change its internal environment to help kill the virus. It does this by heating up the body causing us to sweat, this also helps to clear out phlegm from our body.
Our body also produces more antibodies through our white blood cells to also help attack the virus. Often our response is to immediately reach for instant lemon drinks that try to reduce some of the symptoms of our cold which actually stops the body doing what it is trying to do.
It’s important to remember that when the body is trying to defeat a virus these clever tactics are part of our bodies strategy and when you take a powdered lemon drink to suppress these symptoms not only you are stopping the body trying to defeat the virus that is causing the cold but you are not allowing our immune system to strengthen by naturally defeating this virus.
When the body heats up it also sweats out toxins and clears mucus from the system, this ‘cleans’ the body and enables it to operate more efficiently. A cold might also be your body saying it’s time for a rest, we’re tired!
Sometimes when we are feeling ill we may not like it at the time but it’s okay, our body often knows it own wisdom and we are better off working with it than trying to fight it.