Welcome to Cold and Flu season!! Here, in Southern California, the temperatures are finally beginning to feel like Autumn…is just around the corner. But, the stuff that makes us sick is here already. Whenever I start to feel a cold, sinus infection or general case of the “crud” coming on, I like to make a little concoction my mom used to give me when I was sick. I call it her “Kill Anything Broth”.
3-5 cloves Garlic, smashed
2-3 inch chunks fresh Ginger, sliced thinly or smashed
2 Lemons, peel large strips of zest, then cut in half
3 quarts Water
Honey, to taste (no Eye of Newt)
In a saucepan, place water, ginger, garlic and large strips of lemon zest. Bring to a boil, and then simmer on medium heat until reduced by half.
Pour yourself a mug of this, squeeze in the juice of the lemon and as much honey as you like.
For a sore throat- omit the lemon juice at the end, it would make the broth too acidic to soothe your throat, but the zest will provide some vitamin C, that will help put you on the road to recovery. Also, add extra honey.
For a sinus infection- If you’re over 21, you can throw in a shot of whiskey to help dry out your sinuses. For the non-drinkers, spice it up with some grated horseradish. Some extra honey may be in order, to make it easier on the palate.
Why do these ingredients work?
Garlic is, of course, one of the kings of the herbal kingdom. It is a broad-spectrum antibiotic, which means it’s not prone to creating superbugs, like targeted pharmaceutical antibiotics can. Ginger is a powerful anti-inflammatory agent. Honey is soothingly hydrating and Lemon, of course provides Vitamin C which has astringent properties that help clean up anything that ails you.
Whenever I start to feel any hint of a cold or illness coming on, I make a big pot of this stuff (making 2 or 3 times this recipe), so I can have it on hand at the drop of the hat. I keep a couple pints of it in the freezer, so if I’m caught sick without one of the ingredients in the house, I’m still prepared.
Now, you’re prepared to scare off many of the nasty bugs that may come your way this cold season!
What are your favorite ways to keep yourself well during the year? Leave a comment below and share. Who knows who you’ll be able to help…
Be well and Happy Halloween!!