When there’s “something going around” and everyone around you has a cold, you might be exposed to any of the following viruses: Human Rhinovirus (over 100 strains!), Coronovirus (only about 5 infect humans), Human Parainfluenza Viruses, Adenoviruses and Respiratory Synctial Viruses.
While there are plenty of folk remedies out there to ward off the common cold… some more
effective than others.
As a Naturopathic Doctor, I love working with herbs to help support the immune system, reduce congestion and speed recovery time. My favorite herbs to help fight off the common (but inconvenient!) cold include ginger, Echinacea, garlic, and andrographis.
Ginger has long been used in Asia as a “warming” spice to improve circulation. Clinical studies have proven ginger to have some antiviral properties, can be effective against arthritis pain and inflammation and can be helpful for low appetite and nausea. Ginger can also help decrease menstrual cramps!
And it’s always nice to sip on something warm!
- Fresh ginger root (not dried or powdered!)
- Honey, to sweeten
- Optional (but highly recommended for flavour):
- 1 apple, chopped
- Cinnamon sticks
- ½ lemon, chopped
Here’s what you do:
- Thinly slice ½-1” of fresh ginger root and add to large pot of filtered water. Add other ingredients if using.
- Simmer on medium for 15 minutes. Strain, into a cup and sweeten with honey.
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