Home remedy essentials for #careerlions
September is only a few days old this and it has already been madness. Work has exploded, accumulated blog work has exploded, basically my life has exploded right before taking off for holiday. So, not completely against all expectations I got ill just a few days ago. Since I am not the only #careerlion out there that is feeling under the weather from time to time, here are my home remedy essentials.
Oh lemon, it’s the number one ingredient I have in my household. I love to drink it in the morning in my water to kick start digestion or to have it with a little bit of honey in the evening to unwind. Also, I use lemon in almost every salad dressing I make. Some lemon, some extra virgin olive oil, pepper, salt and you’re good to go! Beside its great flavour, I like to have lemon as my main source of vitamin C that is great to treat common colds.
Whenever you’re feeling sick and nauseous, ginger is the way to go! It alleviates the overwhelming feeling when you feel like throwing up your insides. Ginger is also known to alleviate inflammation and that’s what we’re looking for when we feel the snots running out of our nose. I love to have ginger tea by simply pouring hot water over ginger slices. Spice up your average ginger tea by adding some mint leaves, whenever you feel bloated. Adding lemon is also a nice way to load up on vitamin C at the same time. Ginger can even be used in broth to help you get some nutrition into your system when you’re feeling under the weather.
Yes, I am partially Chinese and I love my garlic when it comes to stir fry (or Jamie Oliver’s pasta sauces, who am I kidding here?). But did you know garlic has some actual health benefits? It is supposed to be great to lowering blood pressure, cholesterol and to treat infections and colds. Especially raw garlic is working well for these benefits. As chomping on a whole garlic clove is a little bit much, even for my taste, I like to steep a garlic tea. Just slice some garlic, pour hot water over it, wait for ten minutes and there’s your garlic tea! Personally, I like to let it cool a bit more until it’s a temperature I can chuck at one time. Kind of: Let’s get it over with!
This must be the all-star of all home remedies. I cannot even remember my life before having Manuka honey. A bit on the dramatic side? I guess, but I think I have a pretty good reason to be. Ever since I was little, laryngitis or throat inflammation has been bugging me periodically. I have had countless antibiotic treatments, which probably only made me more prone to catch it again the next time. That’s only until I discovered Manuka honey. Manuka honey contains methylglyoxal in the honey what sets it aside from regular honeys. Therefore, it has natural antibacterial powers without the downside of swapping away all the goods in your intestines as well! I like to just simply have a teaspoon of it when I feel my throat is getting soar and glands are swelling up (causing me to have a nice double chin the best contour can’t even hide). My go to brand is Manuka Health’s MGO 100+. As Manuka honey can be on the pricy side, I feel this one is the best bang for your buck.
These home remedies have been working great for me over the past few years. Of course, what always helps is a good night’s rest. What are your favourite home remedies when you’re not feeling fit? Let us know in the comments below!