It’s winter. Winter means colds. Colds suck. Back in the day, my usual cold remedy was cold syrup and maybe some canned chicken soup. If it was really bad I’d bust out the Nighttime, sniffle, sneezing, something-or-other-rest-junk, knowing that the following day would be completely non-productive due to the resulting hung-over feeling. I also subscribed to the “feed-a-cold” remedy, but mainly as an excuse to eat ice cream and shakes — because I heard that’s what the hospital gave you after having your tonsils removed. Sounds yummy, and it was for the bacteria that gave me the cold in the first place. The bacteria loved it because of all the sugar! Since bacteria thrives on sugars, this probably helped them to multiply a few times over and left me feeling even worse. Feh.
I think the best thing I had going was the chicken soup. I could talk about the canned chicken soup and how it’s not as good as the homemade, etc., but I think we should look at the other “remedies” and what’s going on with them. Besides, I’ve already touted the benefits of homemade broth, especially bone broth in one of my previous articles. Check it out, it’s worth the look!
The cough syrup is a pretty standard thing, but I mean, really, ice cream?! ‘The hell was I thinking, right? But really, the cough syrup was doing about the same thing: feeding the nasty bacteria that made you sick in the first place!
Now you’re all like, “Whuh?!” I’m all, “Check it out.” Look at the ingredients listed in cough syrups. Most, if not all have high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) in them. If you’re not aware, HFCS is like Sugar-zilla, it’s crazy sweet and can be found nowhere in nature. If the name Sugar-zilla makes you think of a giant sugar monster, then good, because so does your body. I’ll come back to this beast in a future article. But anyhow, if the bacteria was feeding on the sugar from the ice cream, then how is it any better if it’s in the cough syrup?! It ain’t. And if the nighttime, knock-out version of the syrup was used, then the alcohol contained therein was probably exacerbating the matter even more. Yeah.
Now, my suggested “remedy” food is just as sweet — actually, it’s sweeter than sugar, but infinitely better for you, and doesn’t affect you the same way sugar does. You know by now that I’m talking about good ol’ Honey! Why honey?
Honey is one of the oldest medicines in the world. It’s naturally antibacterial, so already you know that it’s going to help you out with the cold. Look how smart you are. But, the majority of us don’t know that the honey we buy in most of our supermarkets is cut with corn syrup and HFCS. No bueno, dude. Like I’m always saying, check out your local farmers markets first. In this case, look for a honey person. That local, raw honey is exactly what you want. It’ll help your allergies as well! IF you can’t find a local raw honey, I know that Trader Joe’s sells raw honey.
Honey has a TON of benefits, look them up for yourself:
According to this site, honey can even help you lose weight:
“The latest theory based on the hibernation diet also builds a link between fructose-rich honey and weight loss. It suggests taking a generous spoonful or two of honey at night, either as a warm drink or straight from the jar, and promises to help us sleep and lose weight at the same time by fueling the liver, speeding up fat-burning metabolism and easing stress hormones.”
But it gets better! Simply add some cinnamon into the honey and they form some kinda crazy, Voltron-like remedy. Mixing cinnamon’s essential oils and honey’s hydrogen peroxide-producing enzyme creates an “anti-microbial” food with the ability to help stop the growth of bacteria as well as fungi. Hydrogen peroxide helps heal wounds, so it would follow that this mixture helps soothe that sore throat, too! This is a tried-and-true remedy in our household.
Try it out for yourself! Here are a few ways that we use “the mixture” in our house.
Take 1 tsp of your local honey and sprinkle about 1/4 tsp of cinnamon over it. I mix them together in a spoon with a chopstick, and then bombs-away! It helps more if you swish it in your mouth for a bit (even gargle it if present company won’t mind), because you’re trying to drown the bacteria-beasties that are having a party in your mouth-hole.
We also add it to tea, but fair warning, honey can lose its beneficial enzymes if you drop it into a bunch of boiling water.
Personally, I declare honey and cinnamon to be hella yummy on top of greek yogurt with fresh berries mixed in.
Try the mixture on some oatmeal, toast or … pretty much on anything, really. They’re a flavor force to be reckoned with, for sure. Plus, you’re kids will love it, and they won’t miss the C&H at all.