For hundreds of years, home remedies for various health problems have been used. For those out there who are feeling weak and achy and want to lie down on their beds the whole day, there are healing tonics that can help us get back on track by shortening the duration of our sickness and easing those nasty symptoms associated with viral and bacterial infections.
Here are some of the easy to make healing tonics that we can incorporate into our daily routine.
Traditionally, people brewed golden milk to soothe themselves before a good night’s sleep. This health tonic offers a host of different healing properties to our body. It can help lower down our sugar levels, detoxify our livers, reduce inflammation, helps with digestion and boost our immune system.
This healthy beverage requires us to simmer 1 cup regular or almond milk, 1 tsp turmeric powder, 1 tsp raw honey (or to taste), a pinch of ginger powder, and a pinch of cinnamon for 5 minutes. Strain and enjoy – preferably while not wearing white clothes!
Echinacea And Elderberry
Echinacea and elderberry have antiviral and antibacterial properties. Elderberry can help us eliminate phlegm as it contains elderberry contains bioflavonoids with anti-inflammatory and expectorant properties. Also, it has quercetin, zinc, and magnesium that can fortify the body thus giving a strong boost against pains, aches, and lethargy. Its anti-viral compounds make elderberry a potent tonic that can help shorten the duration of illness. Likewise, studies have also found that echinacea can also help reduce the severity and duration of sickness when taken on the onset of symptoms. Enjoy these range of benefits by sipping a tea made from these herbs.
Hot Apple Cider Vinegar
Cider is made from freshly pressed apples and is unfiltered. It contains most of the nutrients found in apples especially its immune-boosting antioxidants that can help lower our risk of chronic diseases.
Apple cider together with grated ginger and lemon juice is effective against sore throat and can help reduce the amount of phlegm produced by the body.
For this healing tonic, we simply need to warm the apple cider on low heat in a small saucepan and add the grated ginger. Simmer gently for five minutes. Strain the mix into a mug and add lemon juice.
Ginger, Thyme, Peppermint, Cinnamon, And Ginger
The combination of cinnamon, thyme, and peppermint can help break up congestion, act like a sore throat reliever, and speed up recovery. To make a tea, we simply need to have 1 tbsp each of the thyme and peppermint in hot water and let it steep for 20 minutes. Add a dash of cinnamon, strain and enjoy the tea!
Ginger tea has an anti-emetic effect which helps prevent vomiting, soothe the stomach and detox the body. It can also prevent chills due to its chromium content. Aside from this, applying ginger oil to the temples can help relieve headaches. To boost our immune system and manage symptoms of illness, simply enjoy a cup of warm ginger tea with honey.
Hibiscus And Rose Hip — Two Teas Packed With Vitamin C
According to studies, among the 3,000 foods and beverages on the planet, hibiscus is the one with the most antioxidants. Aside from this, it is also rich in vitamin C, a water-soluble vitamin that calls the innate immune system into action, boosting the B-cell response. Hibiscus tea tastes like a less bitter version of cranberry and can be enjoyed both hot and cold.
Rosehip tea is another that contains antioxidants such as vitamin A and C. Consumption of this beverage can help our body fight infection.
Green Tea And Cacao
Drinking green tea or hot cocoa can help boost our mood and fortify our body due to their antioxidant content.
Cacao is rich in essential minerals that help our body absorb the vitamins present in other herbal beverages. Its powdered form can make delicious and nutritious energy and mood-boosting tonic. On the other hand, green tea contains EGCG, a powerful antioxidant that can combat free radicals and protect our cells against oxidative stress.