It's that time of year again when colds and flu start to hit - well if you are in my part of the world anyway.
We all hate getting sick, so here is my number one go to when you start feeling those sniffles, or a sore throat coming on, and to assist in a quick recovery.
Hot tea of Lemon, Turmeric, Cayenne Pepper and Fresh Ginger.
Like a little wellness shot, it can also be taken at any time a pick me up is in order.
Lemons - are full of Vitamin C which gives your immune system a boost. It fights off and diminishes infection and the subsequent sore throats. It also has been known to give you an energy boost which helps when we are feeling a little worse for wear.
Turmeric - is anti inflammatory, an antioxidant and antibacterial. It helps clear respiratory infections, eases coughs and helps rebuild the immune system. It also stimulates our adrenal glands.
Cayenne Pepper - is an anti irritant and anti fungal. It's main component for healing is that it has a high amount of capsaicin. This thins and clears mucus, and can reduce fever by bringing your body temperature down. A great anti inflammatory it also prevents migraines as it prevents blood clot formation.
Ginger - is anti inflammatory and antiseptic which prevents the growth of disease. It targets upper respiratory viruses, soothes a sore throat and has properties to suppress a cough. Ginger provides stomach and digestive relief, and has the benefit of warming you up. A natural pain reducer it can also give relief to blocked nasal passages.
All these herbs actually become more powerful and enhanced when combined together.
Juice of 1 lemon
Teaspoon of fresh turmeric (or dried if unavailable fresh)
Pinch of cayenne pepper (as much as you can take - but go easy the first couple of times)
Lots of grated fresh ginger.
Mix together in hot water like a tea. Allow to steep for a little while, and don't forget to breathe in the fumes of this hot elixir, as this can help to relieve symptoms as well.
In addition remember to keep up your fluids in general with plenty of water, reduce your stress levels and get plenty of rest.
You'll be better in no time!