A few weeks ago I woke up and I felt the beginnings of a cold coming on. A wretched, wretched cold.
The first indicator for me is always a sore throat. I can usually tell how long and how ugly a cold will be depending on how bad my throat gets. And this time, it was bad. As the day progressed, my glands became swollen and my throat just hurt. You know the kind of hurt where you don't even want to drink water? Yeah, I felt pretty awful.
But along came this little holistic gem.
Let me digress a bit before I get to the remedy: I firmly believe that modern medicine has its rightful place, but I will always, always, always try holistic and natural approaches before resorting to traditional medicine. I am a big believer in letting the body try to heal itself while providing it with natural support and supplements. Hence, when I get sick, I often make herbal teas, lots of broth-based soups, and rest as much as I can.
But, don't take my word for it. Do your own research and educate yourself and come to your own conclusions. I also very much believe in that. You must do what's right for you.
Now, on to the remedy.
Sometime back I had read about this particular holistic remedy and was curious about whether it would actually work, and let me tell you, it DOES. I mixed up a batch of this and took the recommended dosage and within minutes, I felt better. So much better. As in, my sore throat was gone. Hallelujah. There's nothing better than sweet relief when you're miserable.
Do be aware that this stuff is potent. PO-TENT. It packs a punch, so just be ready for that.
*It absolutely must be noted that I am not a doctor nor an expert in the field of medicine, but have used this remedy with success. Use common sense and if unsure whether or not you should use a holistic remedy, contact your healthcare practitioner/provider first.
Holistic Sore Throat & Cough Remedy
*based on Good Food Matters' recipe found here
1/4 teaspoon cayenne
1/4 teaspoon ginger
1 tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar (I like Bragg's)
2 tablespoons water
1 tablespoon raw, unfiltered, local honey
*Please note that this holistic remedy is FOR ADULTS ONLY. Children should not be given this remedy and infants under the age of one year should NEVER be given honey in any form.
1. Add all ingredients to a jar fitted with a lid.
2. Screw on the lid and shake vigorously until all ingredients are incorporated and the honey has dissolved.
3. ADULTS: Take one tablespoon as needed for sore throat/cough.
If made in the above quantity, this remedy does not need to be refrigerated. But, because the ingredients may settle, be sure to shake well before each use.
Here's to feeling better!
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