Layne is a natural health enthusiast and has a technical medical background. She loves sharing her favorite health findings with others.
All-Natural Super Tea Remedy for Cold Symptoms
You can always head over to the pharmacy and buy some cold preventatives or cold meds and knock out your symptoms—there's NyQuil, DayQuil, Metamucil, Robitussin—you name it, I've tried it. I'm really not into putting synthetic things in my body, and if you found this article it's possible that you don't care for it either.
Use Ingredients From Home
The good news is that over the years I've found a cold-busting concoction that you can create at home (you likely have all of the ingredients already). I drink it throughout the day when I feel like I'm getting sick and drink it while I'm sick to clear up my sinuses (runny nose, stuffiness), reduce dry throat and cough, and to simply boost my immunity and give me energy.
Cold-Busting Super Tea Recipe
- Lemon: 1 wedge or dollar slice
- Local Honey: to taste
- Cayenne Pepper: a pinch
- Turmeric: 1/8 tsp
- Ginger Root: 2 slivers lengthwise
- Tea Bag: your choice
- Apple Cider Vinegar: 1/8 tsp
- Mild Nut Milk: coconut or rice, (optional)
- Boil hot water. I like to use a kettle so that I have extra water to dilute my tea when I'm eyeballing the ingredients.
- Pour 16 oz of hot water into a cup. (I use a large mason jar.) Put the tea bag in the hot water and let steep as usual. Remove the tea bag.
- Add the honey to your preference and stir. I go for a spoonful.
- Add 1/8 tsp apple cider vinegar and stir.
- Add 1/8 tsp turmeric and stir vigorously. If you have a handheld frother, consider using this to dissolve.
- Add a pinch of cayenne (a little goes a long way) and stir vigorously.
- Add the lemon wedge and ginger root and let sit for 1 minute. Stir gently.
- Add a gentle splash of a mild nut milk if so desired.
You can certainly meddle with the ingredients and remove or reduce and increase any of them at any time. I like to remove a couple of ingredients here and there as I drink it throughout the day. I might only do lemon, cayenne, honey, and ginger throughout the day, or simply tea, honey, and turmeric. It's up to you.
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Cold and Flu-Fighting Superfoods
You will have most of these ingredients at home. I absolutely recommend using fresh and organic ingredients—especially the ginger root and local honey if you have it available. Honey that has been adulterated will not do you any good, in fact, it's simply unnecessary sugar/calories.
- Lemon: Packed with vitamin C, lemon juice boosts the immune system and naturally reduces phlegm.
- Local Honey: Honey soothes the throat, is anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory; local honey can help with allergies due to the trace amounts of local pollen it retains. Go for local, unprocessed/unfiltered, and pure. Do not offer honey to babies and infants.
- Cayenne Pepper: Cayenne contains capsaicin, a natural decongestant. It also aids the metabolism, and in my opinion, it increases alertness.
- Turmeric: Turmeric is a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory and can help reduce inflammation of the throat.
- Ginger: Ginger contains gingerols and shaogals which are antimicrobial, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory. They can help to reduce cold symptoms like a sore throat. Ginger also helps your body purge toxins.
- Tea (rosehip, chamomile, green tea): I like to use green tea because it's loaded with nutrients and antioxidants and adds a little bit of caffeine, which is something I need when I'm feeling under the weather. Whichever tea you use, go for quality and flavor.
- Apple Cider Vinegar: ACV helps to alkalize the body and is antibacterial. It also helps to reduce phlegm and mucus commonly associated with head colds. I use Bragg organic apple cider vinegar.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.
© 2018 Layne Holmes