The Cold & Flu fairy came to see me about a week ago and brought an amazing gift witch resulted in me being sick for the past week! What started like just a little bug that I thought was going to last a day, ended up becoming an uncontrollable cough that wakes me up at night and bothers me in my daily routine. I can even say that I started a resistance to the DayQuill and NyQuill because even when taking those meds, my dry and itchy throat is still there and there is not much I can do….
…or is there?
Taking a ton of medication is not my thing. I will, if it’s absolutely necessary, but even taking an Advil or anything of the sort when I have a headache annoys me. I’m all about simple and natural remedies but I do understand that real chemicals are sometimes required. Although today, I’m gonna be your guinea pig and test out a few hopefully delicious homemade remedies. I hope you’ll find this post entertaining, interesting and informative.
Remedy 1 – Honey, Lemon, Cinnamon and Cloves tea.
This is actually the first thing that worked the best for my dry cough around the forth and fifth day of sickness. I always keep a cup close to me and drink it when I need it. The benefit effects of honey, cinnamon, cloves and lemon for the flu symptoms have been proven many times, so obviously this has to work. You can buy a “all prepared” version at the pharmacy but personally, I find they always taste weird so instead I created my own. Here’s my recipe… in a big tall cup I add:
2 big cloves
1 tablespoon of non pasteurized honey
1 stick of cinnamon, slightly scratch with a knife or a fork
1 tablespoon of lemon juice (not from concentrate)
2 cups of hot water hot water
Remedy 2 – My homemade Spiced tea blend.
For the past few weeks, this homemade blend has replaced my daily soy latte chai tea. It’s DELICIOUS and i’m addicted to it… In bonus, it help relieve some symptoms of the cold and flu! In the early days of my sickness, this was my saver… Just make sure to add a bit of honey in your cup to help bring out all the delicious and spicy flavors while suiting your throat.
1 tablespoon of rooibos tea
1/2 teaspoon of Schezuan peppercorns, coarsely crushed
1 teaspoon of black peppercorns, coarsely crushed
1 teaspoon of whole cloves, coarsely crushed
2 cinnamon sticks, coarsely crushed
1 teaspoon of dried sprearmint leaves
1/2 teaspoon of whole green cardamom pods, coarsely crushed
1 teaspoon of chamomile flowers