By special request* of friends, family and work collegues, I’ve typed up my special brew I use when I get a cold, to help eliminate, and build the immunity system – it’s gold.
6 large cloves of FRESH** raw roughly chopped garlic – the red*** garlic is the most potent
4 cm of FRESH**, finely grated ginger (if you don’t have any fresh, you can use 4 heaped tspns of powdered ginger; but, not recommended unless an emergency)
AND IF YOU HAVE THEM ON HAND
1 or 2 small birds eye chillies
1 Cinnamon stick
1. Put everything in a 3/4 filled mid-sized saucepan of cold water (about 1.5 litres).
2. Bring to boil, then SIMMER gently for 15 minutes (the ginger will be a pale white). Take off stove and cool slightly before using.
3. For each cup of the brew, strain; then add the juice of 1/2 to one lemon – the more lemon, the better; then add honey to sweeten – a good tablespoon if you’ve used a full lemon.
Drink the whole cup; then have at least 2 more cups in a day minimum; and watch that cold disappear.
You can drink 4-6 cups a day for up to three days; then drop it back to 2 cups a day till cold has gone.
This brew will make you sweat a tad, so….. enjoy the process of elimination!
* Disclaimer: I’m not a doctor and give this simple recipe as an aid to assist alleviation of the symptoms of cold and flu. As always, seek medical help if symptoms persist.
**NOT pre-prepared from a tube/tin/jar
*** In Australia, we have a lot of white garlic that is imported from China (ask your grocer where the garlic is from ie. local or imported) – try and avoid this, as it has often been bleached; and/or, can be grown in less that favorable conditions (and is sometimes the reason they bleach it – to remove ‘bacteria’. The locally grown red-skinned garlic is the most potent/best.
Cheers — to your good health !