Is there anything better than curling up with a steaming mug of NeoCitran when a cold hits and we can't breathe? No.
NeoCitran is great, but it's also medicated and not everyone can drink it safely. I live with someone who hallucinates if he so much as sips it and that's not pretty, folks. To top it off, when we're sick and our noses are chafed and it looks like squirrels stored their winter supply of nuts in our messy buns, do we really want to trek to the drug store? No.
The solution is a homemade version of a common cold remedy that's healthy for us. Recent studies on ginger have shown it to have anti-inflammatory properties, that it helps with congestion of the nose and throat, and it aids with digestion. There are rumours it might even be an aphrodisiac, in case you needed another reason to love ginger.
Homemade NeoCitran can be cobbled together even when the brain isn't firing as it should be, it's that easy. Most of us generally have lemons and honey on hand. Just add ginger to the regular shopping list; ginger can be stored safely for weeks in the fridge and keeps well for several months in the freezer.
Makes 1 mug
Juice lemon and pour into the mug. Add the grated ginger, honey, and boiled water.
Curl up under a blanket, turn on the PVRed wedding episode of Outlander, and enjoy.
For anyone not keen on eating the ginger, begin by combining the grated ginger and hot water, let the combo infuse for five minutes, and then strain out the ginger. Add the remaining ingredients.
If you've been living off cookies and left-over turkey pot pie — apparently woman can NOT live off comfort food alone — give your body a boost with a sweet and sparkling pineapple and red cabbage juice.