Fighting off an oncoming cold isn’t as hard as you might think. True there are a million and one different approaches that you can dig up on the internet. In our household we have tried a dozen or so different approaches from garlic, raw onions in honey to mega dosing on echinacea.
There is one herbal medicine approach that is simple and time tested that I have settled on. Whenever I feel the first tingles of a cold then it is the first thing I turn to. More times than not it nips the cold in the bud, especially if I catch it soon enough. If I do miss the early onset signs then this recipe definitely minimises the cold.
First off what signs signal an oncoming cold?
Common Cold Signs
We all know the feeling of an oncoming cold. Fatigue is a big one for me, maybe a sore throat and a mild headache. Other symptoms to be on the lookout for include.
- Sluggishness or difficulty concentrating
- Persistent headaches
- Soreness of muscles, joints and tendons
- Feeling stiff throughout the body
Listen to your body and respond quickly with the recipe below. It can save you from a full blown cold or at least curb the severity of it considerably.
Ginger Juice Tea Recipe
- 1kg of FRESH ginger root – It absolutely and definitely needs to be FRESH ginger. Do not use the dried ginger or ginger root powder that you can buy as a spice. Fresh ginger has many active compounds that are lost when the root is dried. Again, not to sound like a broken record, use fresh ginger only!
- Juice from half a lime
- High quality honey, preferably raw/organic
- Cayenne – see the note on this below
Process to Stop a Cold
- Juice 1kg of fresh ginger root. The juicer really comes in handy here although if you do not have one and can’t borrow one then you can grate the ginger root by hand using the smallest setting on your grater. Squeeze the ginger pulp to get every ml of juice.
- Pour 1/2 Cup of the fresh ginger juice into a mug. The rest can go into the fridge as you will be repeating this process regularly throughout the day.
- Squeeze half a lime into the mug.
- Add 1/8 tsp of cayenne to the mug.
- Add 3/4 cup of hot water
- Stir well
Consume and repeat the recipe and consumption 2-6 times per day for 2-4 days or until symptoms alleviate.
This is an excellent recipe that helps ward off viral infections before they take hold. If it does not completely fend off the infection then it will still help to thin the mucus, protect the membranes from damage and helps to induce sweating (diaphoretic) that lowers a fever during infection.
Ginger is quite easy to grow for anyone living in a subtropical to tropical climate. It’s favourite spot would be a nice, rich, free draining spot that gets part shade. It’s best to protect it from the harsh afternoon sun and keep it out of the wind as it can be a touch delicate. Plant a fresh rhizome, water it well and mulch it when it starts to grow.
In the home garden you can sneak in and harvest some of the rhizome while it is still growing (without harvesting the whole plant). At about the 1 year mark, maybe a bit earlier in more tropical regions, you can dig the whole plant up, divide the rhizomes into smaller sections and plant them again for next years harvest.