It’s no secret that I had the worst cold known to mankind over the past few weeks. I whined about it on every social media outlet available, and nobody saw me for almost a week because when I left the house I felt like I was going to die (ask my husband about the 2 meltdowns I had at the grocery store when I tried to go out).
Because I’m pregnant and stubborn, I flatly refused to take any over the counter medications. While I did eventually have to go to the doctor (frown face) and get on antibiotics for bronchitis (double frown face), this drink did a great job of loosening my congestion and clearing my sinuses. I concocted this magical drink with all the antiviral gusto I could manage, so it’s not for the faint of heart!
3/4 in chunk of ginger, peeled and cut into slivers (helps stimulate circulation and ease congestion)
1-2 cloves of garlic, peeled and smashed with the side of a knife (strong antibacterial and antiviral)
Juice and pulp of 1/2 a lemon (cuts through mucus, boosts vitamin C, soothes the throat)
1-2 T raw honey (antibacterial and antiviral, soothes the throat)
As much cayenne pepper as you can stand! (breaks up mucus and stimulates circulation)
Steep the ginger, garlic, and lemon juice/pulp in freshly boiled water for about 10 minutes, until cooled to drinking temperature. If desired, fish out ginger and garlic pieces (I leave them in to keep getting medicinal benefits). Stir in raw honey and cayenne pepper. Drink up!
I drank this every 2 hours or so and it definitely helped!