Nip It In The Bud – Flu Remedy

My “Nip It In The Bud” Recipe for Cold and Flu Season

I have been using this recipe for years. So long, I’m not even sure where I got it from. I use it at the very first sign of congestion, sore throat, cough, body aches, or that feeling of being under the weather. Most of my recipes are done intuitively or from memory so I don’t have exact measurements, but no matter! The result will be the same and you can always switch up ratios of ingredients to suit your own taste buds, but be sure to include all of them, as they work together to make the best elixir! 

Ingredients

Pure water

Fresh ginger root

Fresh garlic

Lemons

Honey

Cayenne powder (optional)

Use about 8-10 cups of pure water in a pot (glass is best but hard to find these days)

Chop 5 inches of fresh ginger root into slices or chunks, no need to take the skin off first.

Chop, don’t press or grate, 4 cloves of fresh garlic.

Bring to a boil, lower heat and simmer for 20 minutes. 

Remove from heat and add the juice of 1-2 lemons. After I squeeze out the juice I throw some lemon peel in the pot too but it’s up to you. I’d only do this if the lemons were organic.

Add honey to taste, local honey is best as it will contain the pollen of our local flora and help with allergies but seriously, any good honey is fine.

Add a pinch of cayenne powder for an extra zip. Skip it if you are sensitive to spicy things, as the ginger is already pretty spicy.

Let sit another 10 minutes and drink warm throughout the day. 

I do make this at the first sign of feeling blah, but you can also drink it if you do come down with something as it will soothe the throat and the warmth will help your immune system activate. Ginger, garlic, and cayenne are heating for cold conditions, the honey soothes your mucous membranes, and the lemon gives a lovely touch of vitamin C, especially if you use the peel. 

Be warned-you may smell of garlic!