The week before last I started feeling the familiar signs of sickness slowly start to creep on my immune system, most likely due to the extreme weather changes. I woke up with a sore throat and felt lethargic all day along with minor bouts of sneezing.
Usually when this happens, I try everything in my power using the home remedy route to prevent the sickness from getting worse: I take multivitamins, drink hot liquids, and gargle salt water often, in addition to getting plenty of sleep.
I had yet to find the home remedy that was effective at actually preventing an oncoming cold…until now.
I took this concoction for a week and was able to prevent my symptoms from forming into a full onset cold. I have to give credit to my mother-in-law for sharing this incredibly effective natural remedy with me.
The concoction is a mix of two basic natural ingredients: ginger and honey.
Ginger has powerful health benefits by being antimicrobial in nature and an effective antioxidant. Ginger has been proven to activate T-cells, which are a group of white blood cells that are capable of eliminating cells that are infected by a virus. [Source].
Honey is a natural cough suppressant and sleep aide, which is why this juice shot is recommended to be taken at night. It too has antibacterial and antioxidant properties.
Making this juice is pretty simple.
First, peel the ginger using a peeler or knife.
Then, using the medium side of the grater, grate the entire piece of ginger.
Once the ginger root has been completely grated, roll up the ginger into a paper towel.
Squeeze the paper towel until the majority of the juice comes out.
Pour the honey into the ginger juice.
Mix well, and drink like a shot!
Without further ado, here is the recipe:
- 2 inches of ginger root
- 1/2 tbs honey
- Grate the ginger using the smaller side of the grater into a bowl. Once the entire piece of ginger has been grated, place the ginger in a paper towel over a bowl.
- Squeeze the juice of the ginger into a small ball by squeezing the paper towel.
- Add honey to the ginger juice and mix thoroughly.
- Take the mixture at night after you have brushed your teeth and don't drink any water immediately afterward.
Disclaimer: Please seek medical advice if your situation is a true medical emergency. This post serves a suggestion to help remedy cold symptoms, not actual medical advice. This is not a cure all and should not be interpreted as such.