Homemade Cold Remedy Drink for Natural Relief of Colds and Flu

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Support your immune system with this homemade cold remedy drink. Ginger, honey, lemon and optional whiskey combine for a natural cold remedy tea that will help you feel better quickly and help shorten the duration of a cold or the flu.

Homemade Cold Remedy Drink for Natural Relief of Colds and Flu. Support your immune system with this homemade cold remedy drink. Ginger, honey, lemon and optional whiskey combine for a natural cold remedy tea that will help you feel better quickly and help shorten the duration of a cold or the flu. Life doesn’t stop when you wake up with a sore throat or a stuffy nose. At the first sign of a cold, I make this homemade cold remedy drink to give my immune system natural support.

Life doesn’t stop when you wake up with a sore throat or a stuffy nose. I still have to get up, take Jasper on a walk and keep on working. When I don’t feel good, I prefer to use natural home remedies at my first line of defense. While I’m a huge believe in fire cider vinegar, sometimes my throat isn’t always up for the task of drinking a garlic, horseradish and pepper infused apple cider vinegar tonic. This homemade cold remedy drink is easy on my throat for the days I want something warm and soothing to drink.

At the first sign of a cold, I make this homemade cold remedy drink to give my immune system natural support. It only has three ingredients plus whiskey if you want to add it, so it’s easy to make, even if you don’t feel good. For really bad colds – or even the flu – I alternate taking this natural cold remedy tea with fire cider vinegar – assuming I don’t have a sore throat. Alternately, you can also add a tablespoon of fire cider to my homemade cold remedy drink. As always, however, it is important to seek medical advice or assistance if your cold gets worse or doesn’t improve within seven days.

Natural Cold Remedy Tea for natural cold and flu relief. Support your immune system with this homemade cold and flu drink. Ginger, honey, lemon and optional whiskey combine for an easy homemade tea for cold and flu that will help you feel better quickly and help shorten the duration of a cold or the flu. Life doesn’t stop when you wake up with a sore throat or a stuffy nose. At the first sign of a cold, I make this homemade cold remedy drink to give my immune system natural support.

Homemade Cold Remedy Drink

This homemade cold and flu tea isn’t just for cold symptoms like a sore throat or runny nose; it’s also great for an upset stomach. When you were a kid, your mom probably gave you ginger ale to sip on if you weren’t feeling well.

While drinking soda probably isn’t the best thing to drink when you’re sick due to the sugars, there is some truth in that old home remedy. Ginger, in the right quantities, can help relieve an upset stomach by increasing bile production and kill some microbes so you feel better quicker. This makes it suitable for not just colds, but also the flu. (You can also learn how to make your own custom herbal tea blends for common ailments here.)

Raw honey benefits for cold and flu relief. Raw honey is a natural cold and flu remedy full of enzymes and nutrients that help support a healthy immune system. I only use local raw honey for relief of cold and flu symptoms. Most honey on the grocery store shelf can barely pass as honey. It’s been process and pasteurized. By the time it hits the shelf, most of the nutrients and enzymes have been killed by the processing it.

Benefits of Natural Cold Remedy Tea Ingredients

The Benefits of Raw Honey

Raw honey is added to this homemade cold remedy drink both for taste and for it’s natural benefits. While some people like drinking lemon water, a ginger and lemon drink is very sour drink and not very palatable for many people.

You could use white sugar to sweeten this drink, but white sugar has a lot of empty calories and little nutritional value. Raw honey, however, is full of enzymes and nutrients that help support a healthy immune system. Therefore it makes a much better alternative over sugar as a sweetener for a natural cold remedy tea.

I only use local raw honey in my homemade cold remedy drink. Most honey on the grocery store shelf can barely pass as honey. It’s been process and pasteurized. By the time it hits the shelf, most of the nutrients and enzymes have been killed by the processing it.

Raw honey isn’t pasteurized or processed. Sometimes it’s filtered to remove debris, but it keeps the nutrients and enzymes to promote better health.

Raw honey is naturally antibacterial and can even kill some types of fungi. When you eat or drink raw honey, it can help kill germs inside your body.

Honey is also high in antioxidants. Antioxidants protect healthy cells in the body by reducing free radicals. This helps support your immune system over time.

For immediate relief, honey can help reduce mucus and reduce coughing. It also coats the throat, which can soothe a sore throat for almost immediate relief. In fact, I eat raw honey by the spoonful at night if I’m coughing and can’t get to sleep. It really works incredibly well at soothing irritation in my throat.

I always recommend buying local honey. This helps support your local economy, and there is some evidence that eating local raw honey can help reduce allergies by exposing your body to pollen from your area.

Don’t forget that children under one-year-old should not eat any honey either alone or in a drink like this one.

Ginger benefits for cold and flu relief. I add ginger to my homemade cold and flu tea because it can help relieve a stomach ache and reduce nausea. Two compounds in ginger, gingerols and shaogals, are anti-inflammatories. They can help reduce inflammation from a sore throat so you feel better quickly. Ginger is also naturally antimicrobial. It can kill bacteria and some viruses, including the rhinovirus that causes colds.

The Benefits of Ginger

I add ginger to my homemade cold and flu tea because it can help relieve a stomach ache and reduce nausea.

Two compounds in ginger, gingerols and shaogals, are anti-inflammatories. They can help reduce inflammation from a sore throat so you feel better quickly.

Ginger is also naturally antimicrobial. It can kill bacteria and some viruses, including the rhinovirus that causes colds.

Over the counter cold medication can relieve your symptoms, but it can’t kill the virus that caused your cold. However, ginger may be able to kill the virus naturally. This can help shorten the duration of your cold. (Source.)

Although ginger is most known for relieving a stomach ache, it can cause an upset stomach if you take too much. If you get an upset stomach, limit this natural cold remedy tea to once a day.

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The Benefits of Lemon

Lemon, like all citrus fruits, is high in vitamin C. Boosting vitamin C can help reduce the duration of a cold and help you feel better. Several studies have mixed results about the benefits of vitamin C for colds, but many people swear that taking extra vitamin C helps them feel better.

Lemon juice can also help reduce phlegm so you feel better right away. Drinking this homemade cold remedy drink before bed can help you sleep better by reducing phlegm help stop coughing temporarily.

For long term benefits, lemons are high in antioxidants that can help reduce free radicals in the body.

Like honey and ginger, lemons are also antimicrobial. They can help kill both bacteria and viruses in the body. This can also help shorten the duration of colds.

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The Benefits of Warm Water

It’s important to drink this homemade cold remedy drink warm because the warm water also has benefits for your body.

The warmth can help open nasal passages, which helps reduce a stuffy nose and helps you sleep. It also helps lubricate your throat to make your sore throat feel better.

It’s important to stay hydrated when you are sick. Drinking plenty of water will help you feel better.

The Benefits of Whiskey

Adding whiskey to this natural cold remedy tea is optional. Alcohol can help dilate blood vessels in your body. This helps thin mucus, which can help you breathe better. However, you need to make sure you increase your water intake so your body stays hydrated. Otherwise, including alcohol in your homemade cold remedy drink can actually have opposite the intended effect. 

Also, if you do add whiskey to your homemade cold remedy drink, be responsible. Don’t add it if you may be driving. 

Natural Cold Remedy Tea for natural cold and flu relief. Support your immune system and soothe symptoms with this natural cold remedy tea. Ginger, honey, lemon and optional whiskey combine for an easy homemade tea for cold and flu that will help you feel better quickly and help shorten the duration of a cold or the flu. Life doesn’t stop when you wake up with a sore throat or a stuffy nose. At the first sign of a cold, I make this homemade cold and flu drink to give my immune system natural support.

Homemade Cold Remedy Drink Recipe

Ingredients:

1 cup boiling water
1 inch fresh ginger root
1 tablespoon raw honey
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 ounce whiskey (optional)

Directions:

To make my homemade cold remedy drink, grate the ginger or slice into thin slices and then mince. (For best results, you want the ginger to be in very small pieces.)

Then place the grated or minced ginger inside a teapot or medium sized bowl.

Pour the boiling water over the grated or minced ginger. Let this steep for three minutes.

While the ginger is steeping, place the lemon juice and raw honey in a mug.

Strain the ginger out of the water and pour over the lemon juice and honey. Then stir well until the honey is dissolved.

You can add more honey to taste, if desired.

Next, add whiskey if you’re using it.

How to Use My Homemade Cold Remedy Drink

You can drink this homemade cold and flu tea three or four times a day to relieve your cold symptoms naturally. If your stomach gets upset from the ginger, just use ginger tea once a day and drink warm water, honey, and lemon the rest of the day.

Tips for Reusing Your Ginger

You can reuse the grated or minced ginger you used for your first cup of homemade cold and flu tea. I reuse mine two or three more times before I discard it. Just steep the ginger for a few extra minutes for the second and third steep to get more ginger out of it. 

Natural Cold and Flu Remedies: Fire Cider Vinegar Recipe. Learn how to make a homemade fire cider vinegar as a natural cold and flu remedy. This traditional, warming apple cider vinegar tonic acts as a holistic decongestant while also supporting immune health.

More Natural Cold and Flu Remedies

If you like my recipe for making a homemade cold remedy drink, then you may also enjoy some of my other natural cold and flu remedies.

For more natural ways to care for your body throughout cold and flu season, be sure to visit my Home Remedies Pinterest board. You can also find and follow me on Blog Lovin‘, facebooktwitter and instagram. Or sign up for my newsletter. 

This article is not intended to provide diagnosis, treatment or medical advice and is provided for informational purposes only. Information on products mentioned are based on my own personal experience or research and have not been evaluated by the FDA. Please consult a physician prior to making any changes that may impact your health.

DIY Solid Salt Scrub Donuts

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These naturally scented lemon DIY solid salt scrub donuts are a great way to exfoliate and moisturize your skin for summer! Plus they’re so easy to make! Grab a friend and make this delightful project over the weekend!

These lemon scented DIY solid salt scrub donuts are naturally scented and are a great way to exfoliate and moisturize skin for summer!

I used 5-fold lemon essential oil to give my DIY solid salt scrub donuts a strong lemon fragrance. Commonly used in skin care to help reduce pigmentation, dark spots, tanning or melasma, lemon essential oil is also great for things like, well body acne.

All of that aside, lemon just smells great! It’s fresh and invigorating! However, you don’t want to go out in the sun right after using this product. So remember to cover up and use SPF to protect your skin or try another essential oil. Lavender donuts, anyone?

These lemon scented DIY solid salt scrub donuts are naturally scented and are a great way to exfoliate and moisturize skin for summer! Plus they're so easy to make! Grab a friend and make this delightful project over the weekend!

Lemon Solid Salt Scrub Donuts Recipe

© Rebecca D. Dillon

Ingredients:

1.5 oz. babassu oil
3.5 oz. cocoa butter
.15 oz. camellia (tea seed) oil
.25 oz. emulsifying wax
.25 oz. 5-Fold Lemon essential oil
18.5 oz. fine sea salt
mica powder in colors of choice
colored jojoba spheres or candy sprinkles, optional

Instructions:

Using a digital scale, begin by weighing out the babassu oil, cocoa butter, and emulsifying wax. Heat in a microwave at 40-50% power until melted. Alternately, you can also use a double boiler.

Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly.

Weigh out the camellia oil and stir into the melted ingredients. Then weigh out and stir in the lemon essential oil. (You can learn more about babassu oil and camellia seed oil here.)

In a separate container, weigh out the sea salt.

These lemon scented DIY solid salt scrub donuts are naturally scented and are a great way to exfoliate and moisturize skin for summer! Plus they're so easy to make! Grab a friend and make this delightful project over the weekend!

Add about 1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon yellow mica powder of your choice and stir into the salt with a fork.

These lemon scented DIY solid salt scrub donuts are naturally scented and are a great way to exfoliate and moisturize skin for summer! Plus they're so easy to make! Grab a friend and make this delightful project over the weekend!

Now combine the dry ingredients with the wet ingredients and mix well.

Allow the mixture to cool further. If oil settles on the top, mix it back into the salt scrub.

When oil is no longer settling on the top, but prior to the mixture hardening, fill a donut mold with the solid salt scrub mixture. It should fill all six cavities in one silicone donut mold.

Allow the salt scrub to harden fully. You can speed up this process by placing your mold in the refrigerator.

These lemon scented DIY solid salt scrub donuts are naturally scented and are a great way to exfoliate and moisturize skin for summer! Plus they're so easy to make! Grab a friend and make this delightful project over the weekend!

Once your solid salt scrub donuts have hardened, gently remove them from the mold and place onto a cutting board.

Allow the solid salt scrub donuts to reach room temperature.

Now melt a small amount of clear melt and pour soap base in the microwave. Mix in pink, or another color of your choice, mica powder to suit. (I specifically used Crafter’s Choice detergent free hemp melt and pour soap base for this step.)

These lemon scented DIY solid salt scrub donuts are naturally scented and are a great way to exfoliate and moisturize skin for summer! Plus they're so easy to make! Grab a friend and make this delightful project over the weekend!

Allow the soap to cool but not solidify. Then drizzle the soap across the solid salt scrub donuts as desired.

These lemon scented DIY solid salt scrub donuts are naturally scented and are a great way to exfoliate and moisturize skin for summer! Plus they're so easy to make! Grab a friend and make this delightful project over the weekend!

Mix a second color – I chose purple – of clear melt and pour soap base and mica powder. Drizzle it across the solid salt scrub donuts as desired. You can also add other elements to the soap before it hardens such as jojoba spheres or candy sprinkles.

These lemon scented DIY solid salt scrub donuts are naturally scented and are a great way to exfoliate and moisturize skin for summer!

Once the soap icing has cooled and fully solidified, use a sharp knife to gently remove the solid salt scrub donuts from the cutting board by running it under the donuts. Trim off any excess soap from the edges.

Now wrap your solid salt scrub donuts tightly in foodservice film and label as desired for gifting or personal use.

To use simply break a chunk off a donut and massage it onto wet skin in the shower or bath. Then rinse off and pat dry.

Please note that this recipe is very temperature sensitive and melts with body heat. Because of this, it should be kept in a climate controlled environment. In addition, be sure to keep your solid salt scrub donuts out of water and in a cool, dry location when not in use to extend their life.

If you love doughnuts but they don't love you, try making this DIY donut soap instead! Crafted using the cold process soapmaking method, these DIY donut soaps are formulated to be low cleansing/high conditioning bars. They're naturally colored with rose kaolin clay to mimic a "baked" pink donut and also contain watermelon fruit extract powder which is high in vitamin C and and amino acids that can help to promote rejuvenated looking skin.

If you like my solid salt scrub donuts recipe, then you may also like my DIY Donut Soaps! Crafted using the cold process soapmaking method, my DIY donut soaps are formulated to be high conditioning/low cleansing bars. They’re naturally colored with rose kaolin clay to mimic a “baked” pink donut and also contain watermelon fruit extract powder which is high in vitamin C and and amino acids that can help to promote rejuvenated looking skin. You can find the recipe to make my donut soaps here.

If you are making my lemon scented solid salt scrub donuts to sell, then you’ll need be to label them according to FDA guidelines. Not sure how to label your creations? I highly recommend the book, Soap and Cosmetic Labeling: How to Follow the Rules and Regs Explained in Plain English, by Marie Gale.

For even more of my bath and body recipes and tutorials, be sure to follow my DIY Bath and Body Pinterest board. You can also find and follow me on G+TumblrFacebookTwitterBlog Lovin’, and Instagram. Or sign up to receive new posts from Soap Deli News blog to your email via FeedBurner so you never miss a post.

How to Use Baking Soda, Vinegar, Salt, Lemon and Honey for Cleaning, Cooking and Personal Use

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Practical DIY Solutions for Using Baking Soda for Cleaning, Cooking and Personal Use - Plus Other Free eBooks on the Uses of Vinegar, Honey, Salt, and Lemon

Looking for practical solutions to help save you money and live a more natural lifestyle? Then check out the practical uses series of books by Patricia Briggs! Practical Household Uses of Bicarbonate of Soda contains information on just what bicarbonate soda – more commonly referred to as baking soda – actually is, its uses throughout history, as well as baking soda cleaning solutions, personal uses, and cooking uses!

There are also some fun activities for both kids and adults including things like fizzy drinks and sherbet dip, rocket science and volcanoes!

You can download Practical Household Uses of Bicarbonate of Soda instantly to your computer or kindle. If you don’t have a kindle, you can still download this ebook by downloading the free kindle reading app.

Other books in this series include: Practical Household Uses of Lemon,Practical Household Uses of Salt,Practical Household Uses of Honey, and Practical Household Uses of Vinegar.

For more ideas on how to save money, be sure to read my article, Frugal Tips for Saving Money, and share your own suggestions!

DIY Handmade Lemon Basil Solid Lotion Bar Recipe

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DIY Handmade Natural Lemon Basil Solid Lotion Recipe - How to Make Solid Lotion Bars
Today I’ve brought my love of coffee and chocolate ice cream together with my fondess for crafting bath and body products! Hop on over to Kanelstrand blog to check out my DIY Natural Handmade Lemon Basil Scented Solid Lotion Bars. These all natural solid lotion bars are simple to make but make a big difference in your skin care routine and they’re scented with only natural, organic essential oils. Plus you don’t need to buy a mold to make them! Learn how to make your own handmade solid lotion bars and grab my customizable handmade solid lotion bar recipe at Kanelstrand here! (Psst. You can also tweak this handmade lotion bar recipe to craft an herbal vapor rub salve for chest congestion and coughs!)

DIY Lemon Lip Gloss Recipe

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LEMON LIP GLOSS
(Recipe courtesy of SpaIndex.com: Guide to Spas) 

INGREDIENTS:
2 teaspoons of grated beeswax or pellets
1 teaspoons honey
1 teaspoon Aloe Vera
1 teaspoon pure lemon extract
1 tablespoon Vitamin E Oil
3-6 drops of Lemon Essential Oil

DIRECTIONS:
Select a lip gloss pot, readily available from container stores, or, from used makeup or cosmetics.  Insure the container is sterile by boiling it in hot water. This will help prevent contamination of your finished product, which could lead to spoilage. Melt beeswax, remove from heat and while constantly stirring – add honey, aloe vera, almond extract, and Vitamin E. Add the Lemon essential oil last.   Store in a clean pot, preferably in the refrigerator.

For quality, organic essential oils and other ingredients for this project, I highly recommend shopping with Mountain Rose Herbs.

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