It is only a couple of months away here in Australia and it will be winter ~ this means three months of bitterly cold weather crossed with warm/hot buildings and homes to keep the chill out…..a breeding ground for germs, especially if you happen to get run down, tired, stressed and overworked. It is what we commonly call “The Flu Season”. Even if you look after yourself, you may work in a “sick environment” or a “sick building” (I used to) and are likely to catch anything that comes around.
Here are a few tips you can use to help stave off infection:
1. Wash your hands ~ especially if you have dealt with a person whom you suspect has a virus/cold, keep as hygienically clean as possible.
2. Make sure you eat correctly ~ whole fruits and vegetables will help your immune system to stay strong, Stay away from processed/packaged foods and heavily fried foods as these will way your immune & digestion systems down.
3. REST ~ Yes, your body NEEDS to rest so make sure you are getting enough sleep. If you feel a cold/flu/virus coming on take time out to look after yourself, as spreading your germs within the first 24 hours is not fair on others…..so REST UP!!
4. Herbal Remedies ~ Instead of taking prescription medications or even over the counter medications that cause all manner of side effects on your body, why not research a more natural way of combating the symptoms.
For instance ~ here is an all natural Cough Syrup that you can make from things you probably have in your pantry at home:
¼ teaspoon Cayenne
¼ teaspoon Ginger
1 Tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar (an organic one, like Bragg’s ~ with the mother-load in it is preferred.)
2 Tablespoon Water
1 Tablespoon Honey (use a locally produced organic, raw honey if possible.)
Dissolve cayenne and ginger in cider vinegar and water. Add honey and shake well. Take 1 Tablespoon as needed for cough.
Note: This is potent albeit watery syrup. It also doesn’t dissolve perfectly. Always shake well before using.
If you make this in small batches as the recipe is written, there is no need to refrigerate it ~ but If you prefer, you may refrigerate this.
Adults ~ 1 Tablespoon every 2 hours (do not exceed 8 tablespoons in a 24 hour period)
Children ~ 1 Teaspoon every 2 hours (do not exceed 6 teaspoons in a 24 hour period)
IMPORTANT MESSAGE: This remedy and dosage are for adults and children. I cannot recommend it for infants and babies.
I recommend this recipe when you start with a tickle in your throat or a heavy head, if you make this up it will last between 6 – 12 months in your refrigerator.
Here’s to your health!!