Lately I’ve run into quite a few people with colds and coughs and thought I would share my thoughts on this subject.
Why is it that some folks come down with a cold while others never seem to?
Our immune systems are a big part of the answer of course but also how we safeguard our health can make all the difference. If we are running around without a jacket and scarf and the temperature has dropped our bodies must use extra energy to keep us warm. This taxes our livers and add to this emotional stress, lack of sleep, poor diet, too much sugar or alcohol and you then happen to be exposed to a virus-BAM you come down with the cold.
The thing is we have to assume we will be exposed to various germs and virus’s over the winter and take precautions. Washing hands frequently, staying warm, getting enough sleep and eating well as well as getting some exercise is just common sense.
If you do get the dreaded cold, FIRE CIDER may give you some relief and make it go away faster, It does for me anyway. Elderberry Syrup as I’ve mentioned in the past is also really helpful especially if used as soon as you feel something coming on. You can find a recipe for elderberry syrup online.
A few people have asked me for my recipe for Fire Cider so here it is.
- 1 quart mason jar with non metal lid (or use wax paper between lid and jar)
- Apple cider vinegar
- 1/2 cup grated organic ginger root
- 1/2 cup grated organic horseradish root
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 12 cloves organic garlic crushed or chopped
- 2-3 jalapeno peppers, chopped
- Zest and juice of 1 lemon (you can use orange)
- 2 T rosemary or a 3 fresh sprigs
- 1 T organic Turmeric
- 1/2 tsp black peppercorns
- 4 Astragalus strips
- Raw local honey to taste ( 1/4 cup or so)
Prepare the roots, lemon and herbs and place them in the jar.
Fill the rest of the jar with the vinegar.
If using a metal lid use wax paper between to keep the vinegar from touching the lid.
Store in a dark, cool place for one month and shake it daily.
After a month strain the mixture through cheesecloth using a wide funnel into another clean jar, squeezing the pulp to extract all the liquid.
Add the honey and stir it well. Add more honey to taste if needed.
Take 2-3 Tablespoons at the first sign of a cold and continue to use several times throughout the day. You can also use this in salad dressings, with vegetables or in your favorite culinary creations. This is not to replace the advice of your doctor but it is a tried and true “food” remedy alternative that can keep you and your family healthy.
As always…to your Gorgeous Health.