If you're down with a cold, or buried in snow and can’t escape the cold, or just feeling really, really cold like us here in Minnesota, then you need to find a way to beat the cold.
Easier said than done when you look outside and see arctic birds, like this young snowy owl, enjoying the polar vortex dipping so far south.
How to beat the cold, and especially, a cold?
Have a hot drink with the cold-fighting benefits of spices, like one of these home remedy drinks…
Orange Clove Tea: Don’t throw those orange peels away. They are packed with nutrient rich orange oil, which is very high in Vitamin C. And clove has an essential oil called eugenol, which may help detoxify the body and alleviate a sore throat.
Winter Lemonade: A combination of three cold soothing elements – lemon, honey, and cinnamon. Best when made with a Vietnamese cinnamon stick for its strong, sweet flavor, and high essential oil content.
Ginger Lemongrass Spiced Tea: The ultimate cold-fighting combination of ginger & lemongrass work together for a myriad of potential benefits such as soothing a sore throat and suppressing a cough, settling an upset stomach, clearing sinus and chest congestion, relieving nausea, alleviating muscle aches, and reducing a fever.
Turmeric Tea: With its active ingredient, curcumin, turmeric is a powerful antioxidant that when served as a hot tea, will help treat that pesky cough and cold by soothing your dry throat, boosting your immune system, and increasing your antidepressant serontonin levels to make you feel happier!
Spiced Hot Cocoa: Milk, honey, vanilla, and cocoa, with sprinkles of Ceylon cinnamon, nutmeg, and cayenne, makes a warming elixir to settle an upset stomach and relax your mind and body before sleep.
Strong & Soothing Ginger Tonic: Gingerol, the active and medicinal compound of ginger, has endless health benefits to help you feel better when you’re down with a cold. For an extra boost of gingerol, try a Strong & Soothing Ginger Tonic - with or without a splash of rum.