Running (or blocked) nose, sore throat, cough, general lack of energy and feeling unwell. We all know how it feels to be sick and we all wish to get better fast. Drugstores and even supermarkets are filled with over-the-counter medications that claim to do the job and that are recommended by many doctors around the world. However, very few of us consider trying homemade remedies that may actually be more effective and, unlike conventional medications, have no harmful long-term effects for your health (ranging from liver damage to heart problems, potentially caused by popular conventional cold and flu medicines).
Below is the recipe of a proved-to-be-effective homemade cold/flu remedy, that is super easy to make, cheap, and even delicious! You will only need the following 5 natural ingredients:
- Chamomile tea
- Raw honey
- Fresh ginger
- Hot water
Here is how to make it:
- Peel a small piece of ginger and cut it into long thin pieces
- Cut some lemon (either in slices or pieces)
- Put ginger and lemon pieces in the biggest glass or cup you can find and muddle it to squeeze out the juice
- Put a bag of chamomile tea and a tea spoon of honey
- Pour hot water, stir, and let the water absorb all the healthy benefits of all the ingredients
- Enjoy while still very warm
In case you are curious why this works and how, here is the explanation:
Chamomile: strengthens immune system, fights bacterial infections, reduces muscle pain and inflammation, improves sleep
Lemon: vitamin C and other antioxidants strengthen immune system, works against germs that cause flu and cold, soothes irritated throat from cough
Ginger: warms body from within, has antibacterial and antifungal properties that fight infections, the best remedy when it comes to sore throat
Honey: has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, eases cough and improves sleep.
The best thing about this remedy is not only the fact that it is all completely natural and healthy, but also that the ingredients fit very well together, while at the same time increasing the healing properties of one another, meaning that together they work better than when used alone.
I recommend having this drink every one or two hours while staying in warm bed and resting.
Share your favorite natural cold/flu remedies in the comments below!