There is nothing nice about catching a cold. If quick enough when the first signs are realized, we might be able to help the body to expel the unwanted guest before it becomes a resident.
There are many ways to do that, but let me share with you my secret recipe. I call it "Acute Tea" and it often makes the magic.
This recipe is based on a classic Chinese herbal formula, while here we are going to use spices from our kitchen.
This tea can be pretty strong, so please be careful when drinking it.
For the most potent and effective results:
Boil the spices in a small pot with 1.5 cups of water, and cook for 20 minutes.
Use a small strainer to strain the liquid into a large tea pot.
Return the spices to the pot, add water and repeat the process once or twice.
If you boiled the spices three times, you are going to end up with about 3.5 cups of tea - drink them all!
If you have less time, you can just brew the spices in a cup of hot water for as long as possible - at least 15-20 minutes, then strain and drink.
10 whole black peppercorn berries
4 cardamon pods
4" thin cinnamon stick
A piece of fresh ginger root
If you have a green onion, you can add its white base
For sweetening, consider honey - a great natural antiseptic and antibacterial remedy. A vegan option might be agave syrup.
Keep warm and have a lovely winter!