When we feel our body beginning to feel run down it’s common to drag yourself to the pharmacy and load up on the usual suspects for an immune boost. Before today’s advanced medicines were available natural home remedies were the fight back. Certain ancient cultures were known to gulp down substances like oregano oil to remedy a sore throat, chew on onions to expand the respiratory tract and inhale eucalyptus oil to open up the sinuses. For centuries, people have praised the many benefits of natural ingredients and common household items for easing sore throats, head and body aches, sinus congestion and strengthening weakened immune systems. These natural remedies are often the primary ingredients found in today’s over-the-counter cough syrups, chest-rub creams, throat lozenges and immune boosters.
Generally, the common cold usually lasts for four to seven days, but your body will only start to truly recover and produce antibodies to fight the virus after about 10. During this time, ensure to load up on nutrients and restorative ingredients to speed up the recovery process. But rather than heading for the pharmacy try these natural home remedies for an immune boost, straight from your pantry!
1. Hot Toddy
This potent, hydrating drink will soothe a sore throat, keep nausea at bay and give you a much-needed boost of vitamin C. Omit the whisky if you prefer it to be non-alcoholic.
1 cup water
2 tbsp whisky
1 thick slice lemon
5 cm piece ginger, peeled and sliced
1 tbsp honey
1. In a small pot, heat water until just before boiling point. Turn off the heat. Add all the ingredients and stir gently.
2. Cover and allow to infuse for 10 minutes then add the honey and stir until dissolved. Strain into a mug and drink immediately.
Did you know?
Raw honey is loaded with high levels of antioxidants and essential minerals such as zinc, potassium and magnesium. The golden powerhouse has been used over centuries as a low-GI energy source, sleep aid, burn treatment and immune booster. That’s why it’s best to add it at the end when the water is warm enough for the honey to dissolve but cool enough to retain all its immune boosting properties.
2. Sage and Chamomile Tea
(Add a piece of turmeric root to this immune-boosting tea for some extra anti-inflammatory power.)
1 cups water
1 Earl Grey or green teabag
5 sage leaves or/or 5 chamomile flowers
Honey, to taste
1. Soak the chosen teabag in boiled water for 1 minute. Add leaves and/or flowers and allow to infuse until the tea reaches the desired strength.
2. Serve with honey.
Did you know?
Earl Grey tea contains bergamot, which contains antioxidants that can destroy harmful free radicals.
3. Herbal Cough Syrup
2 tbsp apple-cider vinegar
2 tbsp honey
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
5 cm piece ginger, grated
2 tbsp water
1. Combine all the ingredients in a small container with a lid. Add more water for a thinner consistency. Shake well.
2. Swallow a teaspoon of the cough syrup when required.
Did you know?
Apple-cider vinegar helps to alkalise the body, which will lead to fast relief from pain and fever caused by inflammation. Never drink it undiluted, as it will just burn your already raw throat even more.