During the winter season, one of my favorite traditional home remedies for the common cold is an old-fashioned Asian tradition of warm ginger tea. Although not scientifically proven to benefit colds, this herbal tea has been used for centuries to help patients with colds and flu. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, ginger is said to improve circulation and dispel internal cold as it increases the Yang energy in the body. This makes ginger feel so incredibly soothing when we are feeling chilled. The warm tea also helps to break up congestion in the throat. When you combine the pungent flavour of ginger with the sweet taste of honey, it is a delicious tea that is also good for after heavy meals to help with digestion. Look for fresh ginger root in the produce section of the grocery store.
As we head into this dreaded cold season, many of us are stuck coughing, sneezing and sniffling as we drag ourselves to work. Although there is no cure for the common cold, there are some things you can do to soothe yourself and make it a little bit easier to bear like:
Warm Ginger Tea Recipe
12 thin slices of ginger root, peeled and sliced
3 cups of water
- Place ginger slices and water in a small pot.
- Bring water to a boil over high heat.
- Then reduce heat, cover and simmer for 25-30 minutes.
- Serve with honey and/or a teaspoon of freshly squeezed lemon.
When the common cold has you feeling under the weather, here are some other traditional remedies to help you feel better:
- Homemade Chicken Soup – Hopefully someone in your family will offer to make you a nice warm bowl of soup. Check out our step-by-step blog on making chicken broth from scratch. Guaranteed to make you feel a lot better!
- When you are feeling run down, try making a Hot Lemon Drink to help alkalize your body and give you some extra vitamin C. This drink will give you a little boost that just might help your immune system fight off a cold.
- Rehydrate. Never underestimate how important water is. Remember that our body is made of over 80% of this liquid of life. Staying hydrated is very important when you are ill, as your body is losing extra fluids.
- Sleep! The next time that you get those warning signals that you are getting sick, listen to your body and go to bed early or give yourself permission to sleep in. More and more research is showing that sleep is the most important factor in health and allowing our bodies to restore themselves.
Most importantly, when you are feeling under the weather, take time for extra self-care. Whether you slow down to make a cup of tea, savor some soup or take a nap, your body will appreciate the extra attention, and hopefully get you back to normal a little bit quicker.
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