17 March 2013

TOTD: Soothing Remedies for Flu/Cold

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TOTD = Tip of the Day

Last year around this time, the Chicagoland area was experiencing 80 degree temperatures and plenty of humidity. That's unbelievable! This time around, it's been cold cold cold! We've avoided the snow for most of the winter season, but February was bookmarked with PLENTY of flurries/blizzards and along with it a lot of just bitter cold. Flu season may be over, but the cold is relentless both in the air and unfortunately of the viral sort.

Here are two hot drinks I recommend for those experiencing flu and cold symptoms particularly, a sore throat, headaches, nasal congestion, etc. and just overall want to relax and feel better.

1. Green Tea Cold/Flu Fighter

Brew up some green tea (antioxidants increase immune function) 

- ginger (great for the stomach as well as headaches)

- basil (antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, great taste!)

- honey (natural antibiotic, soothes the throat, sweet!).

2. Cayenne Pepper Water

This drink can be prepared hot or cold. I prepare the hot version because it's more soothing.  I do sometimes drink the cold version during the day as a quick cleanse, but that's neither here nor there. 

Native Americans used cayenne pepper for medicinal purposes such as the sore throat! Cayenne pepper contains capsaicin, which acts as a pain reliever. I find this to be pretty accurate because just from personal experience, my throat almost feels numb after drinking this. The spiciness of it also helps to clear up the sinuses albeit temporarily. It still does the job at least!

That being said, this will NOT cure your sore throat of any viral and/or bacterial infection. It can however ease the pain a whole lot, which can make healing a more bearable process. 

I hope this helps! Stay warm!

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