Winter Health Tip.

Posted by Tanya Walton on 08:27 14 comments


Well winter is truly upon us and with the chill of winter comes the cough's, colds and runny noses of the season...and that's without thinking about the different Flu viruses that we need to avoid.

So what can we actually do for the common cough/cold that will help us without putting loads of artificial chemicals into our bodies which may not work and often have those nasty side effects??

Well one very good step to take is ginger and garlic...now I know this may not be to everyone's liking and it is possible to go into a shop and buy 'Odourless garlic capsules' or 'Essence of ginger', however I find that eating the natural stuff is actually a lot better as it has all of the nutrients there and nothing is lost in the processing.

I take one clove of garlic to the same amount of fresh root ginger..chop it finely and add a teaspoon of butter/marge and then it can be spread on bread, toast, crumpets...added to mash, put on jackets....or any way you fancy trying it. What I have given you are basic proportions but I do tend to make up a large batch in one go and then store it in the fridge (an airtight container is best....believe me on this one!!) It will keep for about 10-14 days no problem.

I have started taking this on a daily basis and I find that I am managing to ward off many of the cold viruses that are flying around the factory at work.

Another thing that you can do is, if you have a sore throat or feel a little chesty try honey and lemon juice in boiling water, It may sound not quite to your liking but it is basically lemsip without the chemicals. Honey and lemon steeped together in boiling water create natural anti-biotic properties which will help soothe the throat and chest. The benefits of making your own instead of drinking a lemsip, (or something similar) Is that you can drink it as often as you want without worrying about painkillers in it, and also you can take painkillers on top if you are feeling really bad. The quantities for the hot drink are roughly (and don't worry there is no exact science to it...some may want it a little sweeter, some a little tarter) about a teaspoon of honey, two teaspoons of lemon juice, one cup of boiling water...double the quantities for a mug. When you have had some...it will not matter if you adapt it slightly to your own taste.

One sure thing not to do when you have cold or coughs is to add alcohol to anything you drink...sure it may sound like a great idea but the alcohol actually destroys all vitamins, minerals, and nutrients on contact so you may as well have not bothered in the first place!!


14 Responses so far:

Justine said...

I take painkillers for my back pain, the best known this findrxonline are vicodin and hydrocodone are opiates to treat my illness, so I recommend always do the necessary consultation to avoid taking medications or analgesics that do not help overcome the pain.

Andrew Goodwood said...

I tend to use a lot of garlic and ginger in my cooking so I don't need to worry about taking over the counter suppliments.

I do however also eat a couple of oranges a day for the vitamin c and I haven't had a cold or the flu for a number of years. This is amazing considering last year was one of the worst years for flu's, I work in an office and travel on public transport so there is plenty of contact with sick people.

Galatasaray said...

The painkiller is good for my bacck pain,too.It's an useful for everyone

Cottager said...

I can't see myself enjoying any of those remedies, but they make sense. Maybe I'll try some the next time I get sick. Thanks for the tips.

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What is the Bible said...

I have always heard of honey and lemon for the throat, never tried them, but I have heard many people say good things! Also it is important to keep your immunity high by drinking lots of water and taking multi-vitamin, lots of sleep etc.. I think prevention is a huge part of it as well!

Alex, Fernie said...

Thats great advice, especially for anyone spending time in a colder climate (eg, ski and snowboarding)... Echinacea is pretty good for boosting your immune system!

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Josefina Argüello said...

My grandmother used to give me this Cranberry Soup when I was a little girl in Oxaca ^^

1 cup cranberries
2 cups water
Honey to taste
1 tbsp potato starch
Heat cranberries and water together until cranberry skins open. Strain and add honey to taste. Bring mixture close to a boil, then remove from heat. In a separate bowl, mix starch with 2 tbsp cold water. Slowly add this mixture to the cranberry juice - stir vigorously.

Return mixture to heat and bring to full boil, stirring until it thickens and becomes slightly transparent. Store in refrigerator in a covered container. Serve w/ warm cream. Soothes colds, and is a good source of vitamins C and B.

Julie said...

This is such a great idea! Much easier than taking all those tablets and remedies. I always prefer the easy natural way (though raw garlic does sound a little challenging). I could have done with a few of these tips last winter as it was so cold! We had about 5-6 inches of solid ice outside our front door, which I managed to slip on every morning lol! Thanks for the top advice! Much appreciated :D

Claire said...

I didn't know these remedies but I'll use them in winter, they make sense! Thanks for your tips!

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I am usually prone to cold and runny nose, so I really find this post very helpful. I like the idea of adding some butter/marge to the garlic and ginger, this is the first time I've heard of that and I am very excited to try it soon. I think other people should see this post, too. Recommendable!

Unicorn darts said...

Some good tips there! i have heard the honey and lemon trick before but never the garlic and ginger! Nice post.

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