Warming Drinks for Fighting Colds

4 Warming Drinks To Fight a Cold

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Is it possible that warming drinks can keep us cozy and offer health benefits?  Of course, they do have to be non-alcoholic to have a healthy impact on our immune system and not add weight gain as we sip away. We come in from the cold and we want something warm because it makes us feel… well, good. Isn’t that why we start our day with coffee or tea? And don’t we sometimes end our day with a cup of chamomile tea or hot cocoa? Most of all, when we feel a cold coming on, or we are down for the count, we only want a soothing, warming drink. Having a few antioxidant packed cold fighting drink recipes on hand will help our chances of beating or treating a winter cold.

Healthy Warming Drinks

Sometimes no matter what we do, we may catch a cold and unfortunately it can last up to two weeks. With our hectic lives, even if we work from home, maintaining schedules and tasks with coughing and running noses is not easy or pleasant. Colds are viral, and the best thing we can do about them is to self-medicate the symptoms to make us feel better with warming drinks. No need to run to the pharmacy for over the counter products when a combination of natural ingredients usually available in every kitchen can accomplish the same results. Let’s look at a few warming drink recipes made a natural way and why they work.

Hot Water and Lemon Infusion

(some people start their day with just room temperature water and fresh lemon juice)

1 cup of boiling water
The juice of 1/2 freshly squeezed lemon
1/4 teaspoon turmeric
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Pinch sea salt
A teaspoon of honey
Directions: Put all of the ingredients in your favorite mug, stir well and drink whilst warm.

Hot Pomegranate Cider

3 cups apple cider
1 cup pomegranate juice
3 cinnamon sticks
4 cloves
Directions: Simmer all ingredients for 10 minutes. Serve minus cinnamon sticks and cloves.

Chicken Soup

(We would be remiss if we did not include the classic cure-all for a cold.)

Cut up whole chicken
Cut up several carrots, celery, 1 onion, 1 parsnip, 1 turnip
dash of kosher salt, few sprigs of dill
8 cups of water or broth or a combination
Directions: Simmer in a large pot until chicken is falling off the bones. Strain and return pieces of chicken and vegetables.

 

Why Warming Drinks Work

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I loved going to work each day for 30 years as a professional career counselor. When I retired, I explored my creativity and regard for crafts until I discovered beading. At age 68 I turned my new found passion- jewelry design, into a business. At age 72 I took on learning about social media marketing and developing my computer skills. I am sharing my journey from inception, to frustration, to elation -in the hope of inspiring others that 'it is not too late to start again'. Welcome to my re-invention!

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  1. This is a great list of warming and soothing ways to treat a cold or flu, Roslyn. My daughter actually puts cayenne in her shakes every morning all year round because of its stimulating effects on the body, although I personally don’t do well with cayenne. Chicken soup has always been my go-to when I wasn’t feeling well and I have to say there is something about a good bowl of home-made chicken soup that soothes what ails you, regardless of what that is. I’d also add to start boosting your immune system before fall weather changes hit, so that one isn’t subject to the cold and viruses that are floating around. The best way to treat a cold or flu is by being proactive and being prepared. Happy to hear some of these drinks helped you during your sore throat and cold. I still love a cup of hot water and lemon as a way to start the day too. My daughter has also been talking about all the health benefits of apple cider vinegar, as she keeps reading about its multitude of uses. Each of us are very unique and trying different things until we find those that work for us, is the best way to be prepared, just in case.

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      Appreciate all the extra info and family choices Beverley Golden. I was doing some of the same ones your daughter uses prior to getting sick and the caution is when not getting sufficient rest you are more susceptible. Another factor is when out & about in public, try to stay away from other people showing cold symptoms. I did not do that, hence my cold.

      1. Lemon and honey seem to be the best for soothing a sore throat. I’ve tried some pretty crazy concoctions with chili, cayenne, turmeric and so on to tried and kick a cold into touch, but to no avail.

        I have started eating lots of them as a preventative measure though!

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  2. Hi Roslyn, I’m with you there…anytime I go out in crowded areas, 95% of the time, I get sick. I don’t touch my face, but it’s usually an idiot who’s sick that coughs or sneezes within a foot from me. Homemade remedies are my go to all the time. What works for me though are three servings of a large cup of Tetley “warmth” tea, 1 tbsp lemon, 1 tbsp honey and enough boiling water to make it 2/3’s up the cup. Let that sit for 5 minutes. Then add 1/4 cup of Honey Jack, stir and drink while it’s hot. After 2-3 days, I’m good as gold. I don’t know why the Honey Jack helps, maybe it kills the germs or something.

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  3. This is such a smart blog post. I love it. I know you have some similar things but I would add yogi tea/traditional chai to this list. It’s cinnamon, clove, black pepper, ginger, and cardamom all boiled together. Then you add just a splash of honey + milk (or non-dairy milk).

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  4. There is nothing worse than a sore throat, especially if it turns out to be laryngitis (I specialize in when the season changes 🙂 ). Vitamin C is my favorite weapon in the fight to stay healthy and I love winter because that’s when the oranges appear in the market.

    My other favorite is to use ginger whether in a healthy toddy or in my tea. In fact, ginger tea is a favorite during the winter months. Another tip that I picked up from one of my Aunts is to put ginger juliennes while boiling rice. It flavors the rice and works well as an immunity builder.

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      Vatsala, ginger is such a strong flavor I’m just getting accustomed to. Will have to look up ginger julienne. I mostly use brown, Basmati or Jasmin rice, so would ginger go well in those?

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  5. Hope you’re back to feeling like yourself Roz! A great list here. Rest for me is the key when I get hit with a cold – followed by green tea and lemon. I’m going to give cayenne a try next time a cold comes my way. Thanks for these great tips.

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      Yes, Deb Nelson, I am feeling better and my voice has returned. I am more of a coffee drinker and enjoy green tea when I am feeling well. Still adjusting to a pinch of cayenne.

  6. How timely!!! Right now I am at home dealing with some sort of flu. I very rarely get sick, but regardless of how well we take care of ourselves, sometimes we’re going to get sick. I’m going to try a couple of these today! Thanks so much for the great info!

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      You are so right Lisa Swanson. We take god care of ourselves and still can get a cold if exposed to the virus. I didn’t have one for the past 2 years so was shocked how this one completely knocked me out. Wishing you a speedy recovery.

  7. This is some great info, Roz. I’m sorry you had to learn about them because you were sick, but I’m glad they helped you feel better. I especially liked the Be Prepared concoction. Since I have fresh ginger and local raw honey, I just need to get some lemons and I can make some. Thank you!

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  8. What a great collection of drinks to help fight a cold. All of these I have tried in the past and they are all quite effective. Excellent post Roz, I will be sure to bookmark it for next winter here. 🙂

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  9. Such great ideas here Roslyn. I knew about the benefits of honey, lemon and ginger, but I love that you’ve added the herbs, such as turmeric and cayenne. Making a cure ahead of time and keeping it in the fridge is genius! Chicken soup is always a winner for me. Thanks for the great information. 🙂

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  10. All of those drinks sound wonderful. I don’t think I’ll wait til I have a cold to try a couple of them. It’s nice that you included the benefits of the various herbs. I love those herbs and why not use great tasting ingredients that are also beneficial? Nice article, Roz!

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      Glad you enjoyed it. As I looked things up I saw that often what was omitted was the benefits or as I posted, ‘Why it works’. I suggest you try some of these drinks to prevent.

  11. Wow! Great list. The Lemon, ginger, honey sounds so good. When I would have a sore throat, my mom would give me lemon and honey. It worked really well. So, I bet Lemon ginger and honey would be great. Thanks for share this information.

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  12. Wow the Hot Pomegranate Cider sounds interesting and I will try that next time I am sick. Chicken soup is magic! I make a batch often and look forward to the cooler weather to enjoy it more frequently. This is my concoction when I am sick, I juice half a lemon, add a lot of honey, warm it up and drink. The lemon helps sore throat and so does the honey. I am keeping this around, I just got over a 3 week cold and could have used these remedies. Stay healthy Roz!

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      Glad we are Lisa, this is exactly why I researched and wrote a bog on the topic. My cold was a whopper. As soon as I can, I am making another pot of chicken sout & drinking more tea, lemon & honey as prevention. You too, stay well.

  13. I think this was an EXCELLENT post Roz and loved all of the suggestions. Luckily (knocks on wood) I don’t usually get sick but if I do… I ready to fight it… I always say I am too stubborn to get sick! lol

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  14. Thanks for these great ideas, Roz! I usually fight a cold with tea sweetened with honey and I add some lemon for the taste. I drink teas as much as I can when I feel like getting sick and I always end up shortening the duration of a cold, which is great.

    Other than that, I try to take it easy on the work and rest more, which is not really something that I do very often, so I think it definitely helps.

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  15. This post is very timely for me. I’ve been fighting a cold for about 1 week, then had food poisoning which made the cold worse. The only thing that made me feel good was lime with honey and chicken soup is the only thing my stomach was able to hold.
    In the recipes you shared I would like to try the Hot Water and Lemon Fusion because it has ingredients that are perfect for weight loss. Other than that honey and ginger tea makes me feel great too.

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  16. Cinnamon, turmeric, nutmeg, and cayenne pepper are great at fighting colds and flu. I really like the hot drink recipes you shared and will try the Hot Pomegranate Cider at my next party. Heck, I may try it tonight. Thanks!

    Kat Kanavos

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