It’s Thursday and we seem to be in the middle of cold snap. I am currently in Chicago picking up my daughter from school to take her back to Toronto where it is equally frosty, so this post could not have come at a better time. I am excited to have Eat-Clean Diet® Ambassador Maryska Taylor joining us today to share her knowledge. She is a graduate of the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, and has provided us with some incredible remedies to keep us healthy & happy over the holiday season. Thank you, Maryska. Take it away…
Every year, my immediate family draws names and exchanges gifts. Every year, I struggle with ideas as to what I should give. It came to mind that with the onset of the holidays, also, comes cold and flu season. So this year, I thought what better gift to give than the gift of health. I have decided to craft a gift basket by assembling my favorite go-to homemade remedies which will help to combat the common cold and flu. I am continually amazed by the power of food as medicine, and, when it comes to fighting off cold and flu symptoms, I find no better remedies. Below are my favorite go-to preparations which will be included in my gift basket:
1. The first choice of remedies is Honey, Onion, Garlic syrup. This mixture is exactly what the name implies: it is sliced onion and garlic put into a jar, covered with unpasteurized honey and sealed tightly– easy! The onion and garlic have many medicinal properties, including being antimicrobial – meaning that they fight off microbes such as viruses and bacteria. Unpasteurized honey is an incredible nutrient. Not only is it antimicrobial, but it has the ability to extract the medicinal properties of the onion and garlic, which, when combined, creates a powerful cold-fighting concoction that packs a punch! I store my syrup in a glass jar in the fridge so it is on hand whenever I feel a cold coming on.
2. My second go-to-home remedy for a cold is a ginger, lemon, honey elixir. Simply made by squeezing the juice of several lemons (I usually use 8), juice of fresh ginger root (mince the ginger and then squeeze the juice out) and mixing with unpasteurized honey. I combine these three ingredients in a sealed glass bottle and keep it stored in my fridge. When I feel a cold coming on or just feel a chill, I add a tablespoon of the elixir to a cup of hot water. Lemon juice is full of vitamin C, which helps our immune system to function to fight off cold and flu. Ginger root is incredibly warming and helps to ward off chills. It can, also, boost circulation to help move blood and lymph, allowing immune cells to get to where they are needed to be in order to help combat disease. Finally, unpasteurized honey plays a starring role again as an amazing antimicrobial ingredient – not to mention that it brings these few ingredients together in what is a yummy cold fighting combo!
3. What food does one crave more than a cup of hearty, cold fighting soup when feeling under the weather? I’ve created a simple dried soup mix which I will add to complete my gift basket. In a mason jar, I will layer dried beans, legumes, brown rice, garlic powder, onion powder, chicken bouillon, thyme and a bay leaf. The combination of beans, legumes and brown rice creates a complete protein. The onion and garlic, again, offer powerful antimicrobials. Bay leaves, among their other uses, have traditionally been used in teas to fight colds and flu. Thyme has, also, been traditionally used to treat a sore throat, a cough or bronchitis. To prepare the soup, you or a loved one may simply add water to a good sized pot, dump in the ingredients of the jar, if desired, may add fresh vegetables, and then allow to simmer on a stove top until done. (My favorites are carrots, parsnip, celery and spinach.) Fresh veggies add incredible nutritional power, enhancing the soup with vital vitamins and antioxidants, thus creating the perfect pot of homemade goodness!
Maryska Taylor is a recent graduate of the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine. She is an advocate of healthy, balanced living and helping others to achieve wellness. She resides in Toronto, Ontario with her husband and son.Read More