A little over a month ago, I went to a wedding, had a great time dancing, drinking, and socializing, and two days later, got sick with a terrible cold. That doesn’t surprise me. For me, too much socializing (and pretty much any drinking) can stress me out enough to get sick. So, I was down for the count, with one of the most virulent head colds I’ve had in a long time.
In 2012, I created an easy honey remedy to treat my chronic sinus infections. It worked well for years, but with viruses getting stronger and more difficult to kill each year, I decided to step up my game with this new-and-improved remedy.
It worked great, so now I want to share it with you.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 1 or 2 cloves of organic garlic
- 1 piece of raw ginger
- A teaspoon of raw honey
- A splash of raw apple cider vinegar (with “the mother”, the live, active cultures that help treat infection)
- A dash of turmeric
- A dash of cayenne pepper
- An empty cup
- A knife
- A cutting board
- A spoon
- A glass of cold water
Here’s how to make it:
Step 1 – Peel and chop the garlic, put it in the bottom of a cup.
Step 2 – Leaving the skin on, chop up the piece of raw ginger, and put it in the cup with the garlic.
Step 3 – Scoop out a heaping teaspoon of raw honey, and put it in with the rest of the ingredients.
Step 4 – Add a splash of raw organic apple cider vinegar, and mix the ingredients together until the honey is smooth and doesn’t stick to the sides of the cup.
Step 5 – Add a dash of turmeric and cayenne. Mix again.
Step 6 – Head over to the kitchen sink, swirl the mixture around again, tip your head back and swallow the mixture whole. (If you’re really sick, chew the mixture. It won’t be pleasant, but it will release a stronger dose of natural antibiotics.)
Step 7 – Chase the mixture with a few generous gulps of cold water. Don’t drink too much water, however, as you don’t want to dilute the effect.
This mixture is very strong and may cause you to cough or gag when you first try it. Take deep breaths, swallow slowly, and make use of the water.
It’s best to take the concoction first thing in the morning before eating. You may experience a slight burning sensation in your stomach when you drink it. This is normal as the ingredients are designed to destroy unwanted germs. If the effect is too much, eat something small before or after taking the concoction.
Reseed Your Gut With Healthy Bacteria
Most of the ingredients in my cold-killing concoction will wipe out bacteria, good or bad, so it’s important to reseed your gut with healthy bacteria to offset this effect. In the evening, drink a full glass of kombucha, eat a generous serving of kimchi, or drink half a glass of milk kefir. Alternatively, you can take a probiotic supplement.
Repeat this exact process for seven days in a row, even if you start to feel better. (I made the mistake of stopping after five days, feeling great, spreading the cold around, and then getting sick again.) So keep it up until your cold is 100 percent gone!
My other secret weapon for battling colds, flu, and sinus infections is coconut water. It’s great for rehydrating your body and balancing your electrolytes. Plus, it’s really refreshing when plain water just won’t do the trick.
And last, but definitely not least, get plenty of sleep.
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