Like it or not, tis the season to get sick. The kids are back in school after winter break and the bugs are everywhere. No matter how good your health is or how well you wash your hands, you could still find yourself coming down with a sore throat or a queasy tummy. Give one of these at home drink remedies a shot for a bit of relief.
There’s a reason your mom gave you chicken soup when you had a cold. This golden liquid is ideal for when you’re feeling a bit feverish and don’t have much appetite. Chicken broth is a comforting way to stay hydrated and it’s full of electrolytes that will help keep you strong.
Apple Cider Vinegar “tea.”
I give this to my kids often and use it myself and it does help for head cold symptoms.
To a cup of very warm but not hot tap water (for kids) or nearly boiling water (for adults) add 1-2 tsp of apple cider vinegar, 1-2 tsp of honey and a squeeze of lemon juice. The vinegar helps open the sinuses and the honey coats the throat.
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You can find peppermint tea fairly easily and it is wonderful when you’re not feeling quite right. Peppermint is soothing to the throat and tummy and it’s usually well received by kids too. Many also find that peppermint tea can help with a headache.
If you’re craving a latte to help power you through the afternoon, why not shake some cinnamon on top? Cinnamon has been shown to have antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Use almond milk if you don’t feel like a dose of dairy.
Feeling a little queasy? Try some ginger ale! Ginger has been used for centuries to help combat nausea. Choose a beverage that contains real ginger and, as it has a high sugar content, go easy on the amount you consume. If your tummy is particularly troubled, you may wish to let it go flat before consuming it.
None of these suggestions will be your miracle cure, but they will help you manage symptoms and ease your discomfort. Ask your doctor about a flu shot and keep washing your hands. Cold and flu season will be around for a while yet. See you on the other side!