By Scott Meeks
If you're not suffering from a sore throat right now, I bet you know someone who is. Probably a few people at work, your kids – just about everyone seems to be carrying around cough drops and tissues these days.
Well instead of turning to your medicine chest, try a few HOMEMADE remedies first. They won't make you loopy like that over-the-counter stuff. And they're easier on your body and the environment.
Remember, these are all concoctions that are meant to SOOTHE your symptoms. If you have a severe cold or flu, you should always head to the doctor!
NON-LOOPY LEMON COUGH SYRUP
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoons honey
Mix together the lemon juice and honey. Zap it in the microwave for 10 seconds to loosen it up a little.
The honey coats your throat to ease the cough while the lemon gives you a little bump of vitamin C.
COLD & FLU BREW (for that pesky sore throat)
2 cups water
2 thick slices of lemon
2 slices of ginger root
2 chamomile tea bags
1 squirt of honey
Simmer water, lemon and ginger root for about 10 minutes.
Strain out the lemon and ginger and add 2 chamomile tea bags.
Let the bags steep in the water for 5-10 minutes.
Add a little honey and drink up!
Ginger has anti-viral compounds. Chamomile is an immune booster and will help you sleep.
SPICY GARLIC GULP
¼ lemon cut into chunks
2 slices of ginger
1 garlic clove peeled
1 squirt of honey
Pinch of red pepper flakes
8 ounces boiling water
Add all ingredients to a coffee mug and let it steep for 5 minutes. Drink up and your sinuses will be clear in no time!
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