By Jess Handley

Getting a cold or flu in winter is something that can be considered as one of life’s inevitabilities; maybe with the exception for those whose populate tropical climates or live life as a hermit. Arguably,he_ginger-fresh-and-dried_s4x3_lead the most difficult part of being sick is not when one is ‘man-down’ in bed fed up with antibiotics, but that awful in between phase where one is not quite sick enough to miss work, but still feels grotty enough to experience the headaches, blocked nose and inability to concentrate.
A good solution for this niggling phase of illness is to boost one’s immune system with natural cold remedies which do not need a prescription, and have far less side effects than antibiotics. They may not be scientifically proven, but they will definitely help you feel less rundown.

For sore throats and chesty coughs try this natural homemade cough remedy to perk you up (it tastes better than other cough syrups on the market too).


2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar (preferably Bragg’s, if available)
2 tablespoons honey (locally produced raw honey is best, if available)
2 tablespoons water
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger


Place all the ingredients in a small jar and shake to combine. Leave at room temperature for a few days or place in the refrigerator for longer storage. Shake well each time, before using. The spices will not dissolve into the liquid. It will not be a thick syrup, it should remain watery. Take as needed and feel better soon!

Keep your eyes peeled for more flu fighting tips this winter.

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