Like any herbal remedy that I make I carefully select each item that goes into it making sure that it has a positive effect for what’s needed of it and that it also meshes well with everything else in the taste. That’s something that I try to put into not only my herbal remedies, but also my recipes. I sit down to evaluate the best herbs that worked for cold and flu symptoms and then from that list I choose the items that I have on hand, I really try to keep a lot of herbs and spices because I find them to be very important.
What I like about this drink is that it actually tastes great and you can have it hot or cold. When I first make it, I try to drink as much as I can hot, since it just feels good on a sore throat and then I add the pitcher into the fridge and drink it cold after that, it’s really good no matter how you have it and it works wonders. There are actually several herbs and spices that are highly effective in what I needed, but I went with allspice, cinnamon, cloves, ginger and turmeric. Here’s why!
Allspice is loaded with antioxidants. Useful as an adjunct in the treatment of flatulence, indigestion, nausea, diarrhea and minor inflammation of the upper respiratory tract such as the common cold.
Cinnamon has extremely high anti-oxidant activity, and the oil of cinnamon has strong anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. Cinnamon is also a great source of manganese, fiber, iron, and calcium.
Cloves are high in vitamins, minerals and fiber. However, the component responsible for the clove’s powerful effects and odor is a substance called eugenol. Eugenol is toxic against harmful organisms, including fungus, and may even relieve discomfort.
It contains nearly a dozen antiviral compounds. Ginger is pain relieving, antiseptic and antioxidant. It is valuable for preventing and treating colds, sore throats and inflammation of mucus membranes. Ginger reduces pain and fever and has a mild sedative effect that will encourage rest.
Loaded with Vitamin C and have incredible antibacterial and alkalizing properties that fight infections.
Has an active medicinal ingredient called Curcumin which has many anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, and anti-bacterial properties. Turmeric’s anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and anti-fungal agents can help our body fight against colds, cough and flu.
5 cups water
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 (1-inch) piece of grated ginger
Dash of allspice
1 teaspoon ground turmeric
Juice from 2 large lemons
1/4 cup airborne honey (or raw)
1. In a saucepan on medium heat, add water, ginger, cinnamon, allspice, turmeric and cloves, whisk well. Bring to a full boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes. Add honey, whisking until well combined.
2. In a pitcher add lemon juice then strain mixture into pitcher.
Yields: 5-1/2 cups