‘Tis the season for All The Yuck to start going around – but when you’ve got ingredients for our all natural cough and cold remedy on hand, well…you can show The Crud who’s boss.
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About a month or so ago, we got hit with The Crud. You know the kind I’m talking about. Wicked sore throats, drainage (ew, I know), and unwelcome spots on the back of the throat. Yeah. That crud. As you probably already know, I am a huge proponent of natural remedies and alternative treatment options for myself and my family. We use our favorite essential oils, herbs, and home remedies as much as we can to soothe and alleviate symptoms.
So when the junk hit our house, we oiled up and I made giant batches of what we fondly refer to as “Mom’s Fire Water”. Yep. This stuff burns so good – and I love sipping on it throughout the day. Feel free to grab a pretty straw if it’ll help you feel better. 😉
But if it’s all too much for you, just toss back shots of it. Either way gets the job done.
Here’s the Recipe:
“Mom’s Fire Water” AKA our all natural cough and cold remedy
- 1 piece of fresh ginger, 4-6 inches long, cut into slices or cubes (you can use less if you like – I’m just telling you what I do)
- 2 lemons, organic if you can, because we’re using them whole
- 4 cups water, divided
- Sweetener to taste (I use this Stevia but you can use raw honey or maple syrup if you like)
- a pinch of mineral sea salt
- 1/2 tsp ground turmeric (optional, but adds an extra punch)
Note that this takes longer to explain than it takes to whip up. Don’t be put off by the detailed steps. OK? OK. Let’s dive in.
- Place 2 cups cool water in blender (I love the one I have here).
- Into the water, add your sliced or cubed ginger (no need to peel it since we’re straining everything soon).
- Peel the outer yellow layer off 2 lemons with a vegetable peeler, leaving as much of the white pith underneath. Cut lemons in half, remove seeds as best you can and toss lemon halves into the blender with water and ginger.
- Give it all a good whirl, blending on medium speed for only 30-60 seconds. Much longer than that and the fiber in the ginger becomes too broken down and difficult to strain.
- Pour this mixture through a fine mesh sieve and into a large mixing bowl with a handle, like this, pushing as much liquid through as you can. You want only pulp left in the sieve.
- Once you’ve got your ginger/lemon juice in the bowl, pour it into a quart glass mason jar and add your sweetener and turmeric (optional). Give it a good stir.
- Top off your quart jar with water and ice and Yowza! Your Fire Water is ready to give The Yuck a kick in the pants.
If this goodness doesn’t make you squint and say “YEEHAW!!” or other such non-cuss words as it goes down, I’ll be surprised. I’m telling you right now it burns so good. My oldest son had the crud pretty bad but he hated the burn of my Fire Water so he just slammed small shots of it throughout the day instead of sipping on it and enjoying it like I did. 😉
Not ready for the burn of our favorite all natural cough and cold remedy? Simply brew some of your favorite herbal tea and add some slices of lemon and ginger for a gentler approach.
You could even froth a little almond milk to put on top…so yummy.
I’m not much for gentle approaches. I’m all “Unleash the hounds!!” on any sickness that dares to mess with me or my fam. But seriously, ginger and lemon both have amazing health promoting properties that are so, so good for you. So give one of these methods a try. (My vote is for the Fire Water. Just sayin’)
Here’s to a healthier, happier season!
This post is part of our fun Fast Fix Friday’s, where I join up with my girls, The Purple Hydrangea and Farmhouse Made and we share with you fast ideas pertaining to home, life, and health. Hop on over and see what Lisa and Kim have to give you this week!