Although the last few days in Toronto have felt like summer has decided to return, Fall is here and the next few days will confirm that as temperatures drop! We all know too well that temperature shifts often cause many to fall under the weather, so although I will soon post a blog on how to enhance our Immune Systems’ ability to ward off disease, for now I will share 3 homemade recipes for cough & cold season courtesy of Mama Earth Organics!
Winter Sore Throat “Tea”
Upon the first signs of a sore throat, in a jar combine lemon slices, organic honey and sliced ginger. Close jar and store in the fridge; it will form into a “jelly”.
To serve: Spoon jelly into a mug and pour boiling water over.
Honey & Cinnamon Cold Remedy
Did you know that a teaspoon of honey and a 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon can usually knock out a cold within a day or two? Most effective when taken upon the first sign of a sniffle as it usually diminishes the intensity of Cold symptoms within a few hours. Take twice a day for 3 days for best results. Both honey and cinnamon are antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal, in addition to having properties which combat bladder/kidney infections, reduce sugar levels, blood pressure and act as a pain reliever for arthritis! Not bad for a remedy that costs a few cents and takes less than a minute to prepare, huh?
Honey & Apple Cider Vinegar Cough Syrup
Honey and vinegar are two of the principle ingredients in homemade cough syrup. This strong-tasting syrup helps calm persistent coughs that accompany chest colds and infections. Besides the soothing properties of honey and vinegar, this syrup also contains ginger, a natural anti-inflammatory. Mix 2 tbsp. of hot water, 1 tbsp. of apple cider vinegar, 1 tbsp. of honey, 1/4 tsp. of ground cayenne pepper and 1/4 tsp. of ground ginger. Take 1 tsp. of the homemade cough syrup every two to three hours.