Although it may seem bizarre to feature a “cold cure” in the middle of April, sore throats and sniffles are not bound by time lines. We are getting out more, playing, jumping, running … and sneezing. Seasonal allergies can suck the life out of us, I regularly get pretty severe migraines and Riley is cough, cough, coughing up a lung. We love nature, sometimes she just doesn’t love us back. This natural cold and cough cure is perfect for a sore throat or cough, it is also wonderful as a daily digestive and immunity booster. Vinegar shrub drinks have been around since the victorian era, often they are mixed syrups that are blended with juices or even alcohol. These medicinal cordials contain just a few natural ingredients. Although shrubs are quite simple, you can balance your body and build your immunity in no time!
Raw apple cider vinegar- Serves so many purposes around the home. It’s known to help balance your bodies pH levels, it’s said to aid with digestion, help with allergies and its Kombucha-esque qualities make it the perfect ani-viral and anti-fungal. Used as a disinfectant for a wound, mouth wash or even as shampoo Raw unpasteurized apple cider vinegar is a powerhouse pantry staple. When digested, it helps with everything from curing acne and boosting energy, to neutralizing acid reflux. (If you really, absolutely can’t stand the idea of vinegar, try using lemon or lime juice for acidity.)
Raw and local honey- A great thing to have on hand. Many of the antioxidant properties are similar to that of the ACV, One tablespoon a day helps with your immunity and digestion. Think of it as building up your walls against allergens. You are consuming raw enzymes, good bacteria and pollen, and this is stacking up your defenses to local toxins. The obvious: honey is also a natural sweetener. Raw and pure honey is a wonderful source of clean carbohydrates and sugar that has not been refined, bleached or processed. One thing you should keep in mind when using raw honey is that if you over heat it, you are pasteurizing it and neutralizing its various beneficial properties. I do not use raw honey for cooking and baking.
Ginger & Cinnamon- Ginger is said to be a cancer preventative, (like everything else in the world) I became friends with ginger during my second pregnancy. The most popular holistic use of ginger is as a cure for nausea. Ginger, lemon and mint are a godsend when your hugging the porcelain throne for an hour or more a day. Now I’ll admit, I never really had “morning sickness” per say, but I did think Stephen was trying to kill me with his awful smelling food. I ate a lot of applesauce, drank a lot of lemon & ginger water and yes… I ate my weight in mint ice cream. Post infestation(s) I have pretty nasty digestion issues. Indigestion is my ugly best friend.
Cinnamon is a natural preservative, it inhibits food spoilage and its said to help stop infections. Think of old world recipes. Often meats and various dishes were heavily spiced to A) Prevent spoilage, or B) hide the taste of spoilage. Cinnamon tastes wonderful, its aromatic and very distinctive. It has an anti-clotting effect on the blood and it helps to regulate blood sugar and lower cholesterol. Somewhere I read that its supposed to help with circulation which is part of why I started amping up my cinnamon consumption. (I have a yucky circulation disorder, so I’ll try anything.) I typically like consuming my extra cinnamon in my coffee. In addition to all of that cinnamon is rich with manganese and iron, these things are very important to women especially. Manganese deficiency symptoms include infertility, migraines and cramps. Humble, plain and cheap cinnamon is pretty damn fierce. Can you get your recommended daily requirements of iron with cinnamon? Probably not, but it does taste and smell good.
These ingredients can be consumed in any variety of recipes, salad dressings and tea are the easiest examples. Since you don’t want to heat (pasteurize) your honey or vinegar you want raw recipes. Our super booster tea recipe follows, Enjoy in good health!
Super Immunity Booster Tea For cinnamon water boil 1 cinnamon stick with 4-6 cups of water. Remove from heat and allow to rest for 30-45 minutes. Reheat to body temperature and mix in the remaining ingredients. You can use lemon juice instead of cinnamon, I always have cinnamon around but rarely have fresh lemons. To me the cinnamon and ginger are primarily for taste. This mixture can be consumed as-is or blended with tea. (I use plain black tea.)
- 1 cup hot but not boiling cinnamon water (or plain water)
- 1 tablespoon raw honey
- 1 tablespoon raw cider vinegar
- 1 teaspoon fresh grated ginger