Cold season might be upon us, but there’s plenty you can do to keep those pesky runny noses at bay. Here are six natural cold remedies that you can pop in a flask and drink while on the go.
We all know how it starts. A scratchy throat and a runny nose, and soon enough, you’re coughing and spluttering, and your head feels as though it’s filled with cotton wool. There are more than 200 viruses that can cause the common cold, so it’s not surprising that even healthy adults tend to pick up a couple of colds every year. For children, it’s even more.
While there is technically no way to cure a cold, there are ways you can support your immune system to keep them at bay. Start with getting enough sleep, exercising appropriately and putting the right stuff in your body.
Here are six recipes that can help you fight unwanted colds.
1. Lemon & honey
Lemon and honey has been a go-to remedy for centuries. Citrus is a valuable source of immune-boosting vitamin C, while honey will soothe a tickly throat. To your mug or flask, squeeze in the juice from half a lemon, drop in the rind, and top up with just-boiled water and a generous teaspoon of honey. Try: British Hilltop Honey.
2. Turmeric tea
Turmeric is a wonderfully functional food, with antiviral properties that are great for fighting colds. Add black pepper to make it work more effectively. To your mug, put some peeled and sliced fresh turmeric, a little fresh ginger, a pinch of black peppercorns and a slice of lemon. Add hot water, leave to infuse for a minute, then enjoy. Alternatively, try Pukka Herbs’ Turmeric Gold Tea bags, infused with Suoi gang green tea and lemon for quick drink with a host of energy-boosting benefits. Read more here on why turmeric is good for you and how to cook with it.
3. Garlic broth
Garlic is naturally antibacterial and antiviral. Make a garlic broth to help fight unwanted colds. Sauté 4 chopped garlic cloves in a pan with a little oil. Add 330ml organic beef bone broth. Gently simmer for 20 minutes, pour into a mug or flask and enjoy.
4. Green tea
Green tea is antioxidant, anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory (particularly useful for an irritated, inflamed nose). The key is to use slighter cooler water. Stop the kettle just before it boils, wait a minute, then add to green tea. Hold the steaming cup under your nose to help to clear your airways. Try our organic Sencha green tea.
5. Ginger kombucha
This fermented tea drink is brimming with natural probiotics, which can reduce the severity of cold symptoms. This flavour is a particularly good choice because ginger has been found to ease headaches and soothe a nauseous stomach. Drink cold, as heating can harm the probiotics. Try: Ginger Organic Kombucha from JARR Kombucha or make your own with this easy guide.
6. Chicken soup
Every single one of your immune cells is made using protein, so it’s essential that you get enough of this macro-nutrient when you’re fighting a virus. Helpfully, one chicken breast contains roughly half of your recommended daily protein intake. To make a quick yet comforting soup, bring 500ml of grass-fed organic chicken stock to the boil. Add 1 chopped carrot, 1 chopped celery stick, 1 chopped onion and 1 crushed garlic clove. Add a sliced chicken breast and simmer for 20 minutes. Pour into your mug or soup flask and enjoy.
Keen to keep healthy this year? Fermented foods might be just the place to start.