Winter wellness can be a challenge for those of us with children, especially little ones who enjoy putting EVERYTHING into their mouths and don’t quite yet understand the concept of not coughing or sneezing into someones face. This natural cold busting drink is one you need this Winter! Most of the ingredients you’ll find in your kitchen pantry or fridge and I’ll share below why I think they worked so well together to help me overcome this cold.
At the best of times I like to choose natural holistic wellness as my first point of call, but there are also times when it’s more of a requirement (aka pregnancy). When my daughter experienced her first head cold of the Winter season a few weeks ago I was able to use natural remedies (in collaboration with our beautiful naturopath) to support her wellness. However, what I didn’t plan on was her coughing and sneezing into my face (she is two, I’ll forgive her).
I consider my immunity pretty good. I rarely get sick (touch wood) and when I do I am usually feeling back to normal within a few days. When I caught her head cold this time I instantly felt it. The runny nose, the headache, the sneezing and the dreariness. It was a definite head cold.
While the ads on TV tell us that we could take a magic pill and get back to life, I believe it’s important to listen to what our bodies are telling us and SLOW DOWN when unwell. It’s really hard to do as a mum and as a human living in such a fast-paced World, but you have permission (even if it’s only mine) to slow down and rest. My choice, pregnant or not, is always to choose the most natural course of wellness possible unless required otherwise.
A a holistic health coach and I took to my knowledge of foods, superfoods and immunity and (with the help of my beautiful mumma who suggested a tea to sip on) created a delicious brew of this cold busting drink. It might be coincidence or it might be that my immunity really is quite strong – regardless, this drink really helped me get through the worst of the cold without having to resort to over-the-counter medication.
If you are making this cold busting tea I encourage you to make it in a tea pot with a strainer attached or pour through a strainer. Most of the ingredients you’ll find in your kitchen pantry or fridge and I’ll share below why I think they worked so well together to help me overcome this cold.
Lemon is naturally high in vitamin c, a vitamin and antioxidant known for it’s immunity boosting properties.
Ginger is believed to have antibacterial properties, helpful when you are fighting a cold. It’s also provides a ‘warming’ taste to this cold busting drink.
Cinnamon has a long history as a traditional medicine, including for bronchitis. Cinnamon extract is believed to be useful in slowing the growth of a number of bacteria and fungus that can cause a number of diseases including the common cold. However, there is a lack of clinical trials on the antibacterial effects of cinnamon and its chemical constituents, and therefore its clinical efficacy is not clear. This is a great area of research to keep an eye on.
Cinnamon also tastes delicious.
Turmeric is high in antioxidants and is known to have anti-inflammatory properties. Curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric, is anti-viral and anti-fungal. It is best to consume turmeric with a pinch of black pepper to assist in the absorption of the active ingredient in turmeric.
In Ayurvedic medicine it is encouraged that women stick to turmeric powder over the root. You can read more about why HERE.
If required, a good quality local honey can be added to sweeten this cold busting drink. I didn’t feel mine needed honey, but if you prefer a slightly sweeter drink you can add a touch of good quality local honey. Honey is known to have antioxidants that may be helpful in supporting immunity.
Here’s the recipe for my cold busting immunity drink! You are welcome!
- 1 whole lemon, skin removed
- 1 thumb-sized piece of ginger, sliced or grated
- ½ tsp organic cinnamon powder
- ½ tsp organic turmeric powder
- Pinch black pepper
- Optional: 1 tsp good quality local honey
- 1 litre of boiling water
- Add all ingredients except water to a tea strainer or large jar.
- Carefully pour hot water over the ingredients and allow to seep and cool for at least 5 minutes. Strain and sip on liquid throughout the day and as required.
- Discard used water and refresh with new water (or remake) at the end of each day or as required.
Please note that this recipe is not a substitute for medical guidance and should be used for inspirational purposes only. Please ensure all ingredients are suitable for your personal use before making and ensure you seek appropriate health care advice as required.
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Krissy Ropiha is a Certified Nutrition and Health Coach specialising in early childhood nutrition and a Psychology graduate (BScPsycHons). She is passionate about supporting, inspiring and empowering busy mums to take back control of their family’s health, get nourishing meals on the table in less than 30 minutes and achieve happy and successful family meal times.
Strive for nourishment, not perfection.