How to get healthy when the cold gets the best of you.
It's November of 2017 and everyone and their mama is getting sick again, my mama and partner included. Their cold lasted around one and half to two weeks, so when I felt the minor throat itch and drop of energy level, I decided to nip it in the butt with this following tea tonic which I drank before breakfast, lunch, and dinner about a week. I felt the tonic instantly activated in my body, heating up my belly and clearing up my nose. This tea tonic is packed with healthy ingredients that are natural forms of antioxidants, antibacterials, and antifungals, so it helped me recover in just 4 days, a third of the time I probably would have had it.
1. 1 Cup of Fresh Ginger Tea:
Bring to boil about 2 or 3 inches of chopped ginger in 4 cups of water. Then let it simmer for about 20-30 minutes (the longer the stronger). Pour into a cup and add the following ingredients.
(I only use a cup for the tonic, but you drink it 3 times a day so have it prepared for the rest of the day.)
2. 1 Tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)
I would suggest Bragg, since it's raw, organic, and unfiltered with the "mother". Check out CNN's article for more information on all the health benefits of ACV here.
3. Juice from a Quarter of a Lemon.
I used half of a lemon from my tree, but if you don't have a lemon tree, I would recommend getting an organic one from the store.
4. 1 Tablespoon of Honey
When honey is added to hot water that is over 95 degrees fahrenheit, it will lose the health benefits, which means the water should cool a bit before adding the honey. I would also add some room temperature water to help cool it down. To see check out the long list of health benefits, click here.
5. Oil of Oregano
The dosage depends on the brand of oil you purchase. The dosage for my bottle was 2-4 drops, but I've seen other bottles where the dosage is 10-12 drops. The list of benefits of this super-oil is quite astonishing. Check out WebMD to see that list. Just know the flavor of this has got a massive punch, but to me, it tastes like enchiladas.
6. Cayenne Pepper
Lastly, add a dash of cayenne pepper to take this tonic to the next level.
Drink and enjoy and know that it may make you do a little wiggle dance because of the strength of flavor!
7 More Tips for Recovering from a Cold/Flu:
1. A thin slice of lemon in the the socks, placed under the sole (*one of Michael's mom's natural remedies). I've also heard this works with onions.
2. Plenty of sleep
3. Lots of water (suggestion is 50-100% of your weight in ounces)
4. Health-conscious foods: lots of veggies, bone broths, and soups.
5. Hot foot bath with epson salt.
6. A reminder to slow down- this is my body bringing awareness to the fact that it's time to take a break and really engage with self-care.
7. Continuing my regular meditation practice where I would integrate the Kundalini mantra, "I am happy, I am healthy, I am holy".
Wishing you all a smooth healing process and may this tonic bring warmth to your body and pleasure to your soul! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the writer:
Marisa loves hoop dancing, riding her bicycle, playing, hosting gatherings, doing yoga, kung fu-ing, traveling, meeting people, eating, and savoring dark chocolate covered strawberries and coconut ice cream. She strives to be fully present, compassionate, and act and connect from a place of love.