Feeling like a cold is coming on? Throat a little scratchy? Got a bit of post-nasal drip? Two staples to stock in your kitchen are garlic and ginger. I’ve cooked up the following concoction for mild ear-nose-throat ailments:
– Peel one garlic clove.
– Cut off one piece of ginger from fresh ginger root.
Slice off the skin of the root.
– Optional: a leaf of dark greens, such as collards or kale
– Optional: a dash of hot pepper sauce or a bit of a hot pepper
– Optional: fresh lemon (thanks for the reminder, Robin)
Place all ingredients in a mug. Boil some water, and pour it into the mug. Let it steep for about two minutes. Sip, and enjoy.
For my kids, who refuse the garlic, I put in a slice of ginger and a large spoonful of honey.
I am going to restate the obvious: make sure to get enough sleep. And may I add that if the cough or sore throat persists, please see your doctor.
In another post, I’ll write up my garlic spread recipe. Coming soon.
Another tip: try giving up sugar and dairy products for the duration of your cold; that may help the healing process along.
This post is dedicated to a friend that I hope is feeling better than when she asked me for a home remedy.