I'm sure we can all agree that coming down with a cold/flu bug can be super inconvenient. There's just too much to do!
I could feel myself coming down with something last Monday so, in my usual fashion, I denied it and tried to will myself back to perfect health. I cancelled my piano/voice lessons for the week in hopes of getting extra rest and quickly recovering. But by Friday morning my illness had culminated to something awful and I looked reminiscent of someone in a NyQuil commercial. I needed a remedy fast, since I had a long list of things that HAD to be done that day. I mixed up something amazing that I feel I must share with the rest of the world. I had made this drink in the past and felt so silly that I had forgotten about it and hadn't been drinking it from the first day I started feeling icky. I won't make that mistake again.
This drink will instantly help relieve sinus pressure, clear any congestion, soothe a sore throat, and give you a little boost on your path to recovery. I don't remember where I saw the recipe years ago, but I've changed it over the years, so I'll just share my version with you.
Make some Turmeric/Ginger tea (this Rishi tea came from the food coop) and pour into a jar. While it's still very hot, add honey, lemon juice and cayenne pepper (start with 1/8 tsp. pepper and work your way up from there depending on how much heat you can handle and how much tea you started with). Stir well. Add a lid to the jar and shake it for better mixing. And that's it!!!
Drink a few sips while it's hot and then refrigerate the rest for when things start feeling congested later. I think it's fantastic hot or cold so i don't reheat it, I just chug some down cold first thing in the morning. The taste can be shocking at first, but it's totally worth it.
By Sunday evening I was feeling so much better. And this morning I was able to return to life as usual.
We can't always prevent ourselves from getting sick, but we CAN help reduce those nasty symptoms without running to the medicine cabinet. Next time you're feeling under the weather, give this a try.