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Recipe — Cold and Flu Season

17 July 2009 No Comment

I asked my colleague, the legendary Deb Cooper, Naturopath at Health & Fertility Matters, Maroubra Junction and my old stomping ground The Wholistic Medical Centre, Surry Hills, to give us all some advice leading into the dreaded cold and flu season. God love her, here’s what she’s come up with.

Simple Measures for Common Colds

Generally a cold takes 3 days to come on, 3 days with you and 3 days to go. You may not prevent it but you can ease the symptoms and prevent it worsening. The best treatment is echinacea but be aware there are three types. Angustifolia, Purpurea and Palida. By far the best is Echinacea Angustifolia which improves immunity by 70%. The other two will only have a 6% benefit, so make sure you buy the right one.

Elder flower tea has a lovely flavour and specific for sinus congestion so steep 1 teaspoon of the flowers for each cup and it can be taken regularly with no harmful effects. If you have a fever you might want to add some peppermint and/or yarrow and make a blend.

Finally an improvement on the hot lemon drink – ‘Kick a Germ Joy Juice’

Juice 2 lemons and put the juice into a cup and set aside.

Slice the lemon skins and put into a small saucepan with a couple of chopped garlic cloves and some grated ginger root or ginger powder.

Cover with water and simmer for 10 – 20 minutes. Strain off the water into the cup containing the lemon juice, sweeten and drink.

Composition Powder

This is a great formula for sore throats and coughs.

Mix equal parts of the following powdered herbs: cayenne, ginger, cloves and cinnamon. Add 1 level teaspoonful of the mixture to a hot cup of green tea and sip slowly.

Can’t wait to start brewing up some Kick a Germ Joy Juice for my next house party…

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