I have a cold. I hate it when you can taste the sickness in the back of your throat. It started off as a sore throat. I managed that with either hot water, lemon, and honey or at times ginger tea. Both work great. Now I wake up today and it’s settled in my chest. Great. Now I have a hoarse voice and a cough. Now it’s time for the cough medicine. What’s the favorite in our house? Honey, lemon, ginger and garlic. I got the recipe from Learning Herbs and it’s one of our favorites here. So why each ingredient?
Honey: Antibacterial, antiviral, humicant. The humicant properties in honey help hold moisture in which can help suppress a cough. The antibacterial and antiviral properties help treat what is causing the cough. Honey does so much more but let’s keep the focus on just coughs. Many studies have been done finding that a tsp of honey at bedtime helps supress coughs and help people sleep when sick. They have also found that it is as effective if not more than over the counter medication. (http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/honey/AN01799)
Lemon: Just 1/4 of a cup of the juice is almost half of our daily recommended amount for vitamin C! Vitamin C is a great antioxidant which helps boost our cells rejuvenating abilities to fight free radicals. Free radicals can hurt and damage cell membranes leading to inflammation in the body.
Ginger: possesses strong antibacterial activity against several food bourse pathogens such as E. coli and salmonella, it is the choice herb for treating colds and flus, it reduces and eliminates diarrhea, relieves pain, stimulates immune activity, reduces inflammation, has clinical uses for burns, and has been found effective in the treatment of cataracts, heart disease, migraines, stroke, bursitis, fatigue, coughs, fever, kidney stones, sciatica, tendonitis, viral infections, indigestion, and dizziness
Garlic: Known for it’s medicinal action and uses as an diaphoretic, diuretic, expectorant, stimulant, antibacterial, antifungal, alterative, antispasmodic, cholagogue, vulnerary, and vermifuge. The expectorant helps clear the lungs of mucus and stimulate what I call purposful coughing. The antifungal and antibacterial properties help get rid of any bacteria. Antispasmatic properties help call the cough when it is not needed. Remember you are coughing for a reason but you want it to be purposeful and not just coughing for coughing sake.
So how do you make this remedy? Watch the video and get healing.