The recent sick stuff we had going on here transformed to this annoying, lingering cold and congestion dealio for us. My mindset is to avoid the doc/hospital unless absolutely necessary, so we’ve been treating this here at home and getting some relief. Just thought I’d share a few of the natural remedies we use when there is a cold with congestion here:
Power Blast Tonicmakes 2 mugs
2 cups of boiling water
2-3 garlic cloves
1 tbsp. chopped or minced ginger root
2 tbsp. apple cider vinegar – with the mother
2 tsp. raw honey
capsicum, high quality [optional]
In a glass pitcher, put in garlic cloves and ginger root. Pour in the hot water, and let steep for 10 minutes. Next, juice in the entire lemon and add in the apple cider vinegar. Pour through a fine mesh sieve into your mug, and add in 1 tsp. honey. Stir until melted in. Last, sprinkle on some capsicum powder, if you wish to kick this up a notch. Only do this last step if you are extra brave. It really does work, but it is NOT for the weak!
Guzzle it down as fast as you can. The taste is not bad, but kinda punchy. Our kids enjoyed drinking it when sick. I do okay with it, too. Hubby, however, usually has to force it down – but is always glad of it after the fact.
Does this work? Absolutely. The garlic and ACV have natural antibiotic properties, while the ginger root helps keep your stomach settled while offering a delicious taste. The lemon and honey are also delish and help soothe a sore throat. Capsicum, if you choose it, helps clear out the mucous membranes even more, while also fighting a cold and cough.
I should mention that you should be prepared in advance with a box of tissues, and maybe even just go stand at the sink. The junk in your head will be so scandalized that it will do whatever is necessary to get out ASAP. After it’s passed, you will feel a LOT better as your throat and sinuses will be clear. Repeat this process 2-3 times a day until gone completely.
Another thing you can do is to make garlic poultices. Take a cloth or paper towel, lay it flat centered over a small plate. Chop up a couple of garlic cloves, and place it right in the middle, on top of the plate. Wrap up the sides of the towel, and pour on a little boiling water. When it is cool enough to touch, place it immediately over your neck and hold for 60-90 seconds. Don’t leave on too long or the powerful garlic can burn the skin. However, a little bit of it is really good for the throat. Do the same thing, but this time place it on the soles of your feet. Your body absorbs the good stuff from the garlic through the feet and can help bring faster healing.
I try to keep citrus fruits around and fresh squeezed orange juice makes for a yummy healthy treat when you have a cold. You can boost your Vitamin C levels even more by also taking Emergen-C mixed in with some water. For dinner, put a whole chicken in a crock pot with lemon and thyme to eat with a salad or something light. Save all the bones and put them back in the crock pot, fill up with water and continue cooking to make a delicious chicken stock. It’s extra tasty when you add in chopped onions, garlic, mushrooms, carrots and celery. Don’t forget plenty of salt and pepper. The next day, you will have lots of super tasty, super healthy homemade chicken stock to make soups with.
If you want to recover ASAP and stay well, then you need to completely cut out processed sugar, or at least limit it as much as possible. Check out this small list of foods to avoid while sick.
Stop the Cough
The above remedies help fight off any cough you might have, but sometimes it can still be an aggravation to try to sleep at night with any cough what-so-ever. Put VapoRub [or make your own version with coconut oil + some drops of eucalyptus oil] on the soles of your feet…slip on some cozy socks, and go to bed cough-free.
Take a large bowl, pour in hot boiling water, and then place your head over the bowl with a towel over your head to help keep in the steam. Breathe in deep and slow. The steam will help break down the gunk and nonsense in your head and bring relief soon.
Past all of this, remember to keep drinking lots of water and get rest when you can. You should be better in no time!