When I worked in an office, I always had the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day off, and now that I’m self-employed, I like the keep the tradition of not working that week. Dennis doesn’t work that week either, so we like to have a fun staycation that includes activities such as going to the movies, spending a day in New York City, and doing a little DIY work on the house.
We had several things planned for our recent week off, but about halfway through, I developed a sore throat. The sore throat turned into a nasty cold, which Dennis also came down with also, and our fun activities turned into days of watching television in bed. Yes, even health coaches get sick.
I like to turn to natural remedies to get me through colds, so I turn herbal teas such as Throat Coat and Breath Easy from Traditional Medicinals. I also take turmeric for its anti-inflammatory properties, ginger for its many health benefits, and lemon for its ability to decreases the strength of the cold and flu virus in the body. I’m prone to sinus infections, so I also like to drink apple cider vinegar, which is known to thin mucus, and I also turn to hot spices to help open the nasal passages. If a cold gets particularly nasty, I’ll also reach for the oregano oil, which has antiviral and antibacterial properties, can thin mucus, and open nasal passages. Oregano oil is pretty rough of the taste buds, but it works.
I usually use all of these different things separately, so I’m constantly getting up and going into the kitchen to make a new drink or take a different supplement. With this last cold, I just wanted to stay put in my warm and comfy bed, so decided to throw it all together in a pot and make a hot tea. This Sinus Buster Tea helped me to feel better in no time. If you’re feeling daring, you can add a little fresh minced horseradish or garlic to the mix for an extra cold-fighting boost.
- ½ cup water
- ¼ cup lemon juice
- ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
- 1 teaspoon fresh minced ginger root, or ¼ teaspoon dried ground
- 1 teaspoon fresh minced turmeric, or ¼ teaspoon dried ground
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
- Herbal tea bag, just as Breath Easy or Throat Coat
- 1 drop oregano oil, optional (make sure it's food grade oil)
- In a small pot over medium heat mix together the water, lemon juice. apple cider vinegar, ginger root, turmeric, black pepper, and cayenne.
- Stir everything together and then add the tea bag.
- Allow the mixture to simmer for 10 minutes, then strain, and pour into a mug. Add the drop of oregano oil, if using.
- Drink while the tea is still warm.