Article by Xolelwa

Winter remedies: What to keep in your kitchen this winter.

LEMONS:  Lemons are a powerful source of vitamin C, rich in antioxidants with both antibacterial and antiviral properties. These speed up healing, and build resistance to colds and flu. Make a hot lemonade and even add honey, which is very good for a sore throat.

GINGER: Remember ginger. This has high levels of vitamin C, magnesium and other minerals, which are all excellent for good health and healing. Gingers’ powerful anti-inflammatory properties aid coughs and respiratory conditions, and help rid the body of a common cold. Because it contains magnesium, ginger is very good also for cramps and restless muscles. It is also useful for morning sickness, travel sickness and nausea. Enjoy ginger as tea with honey, or even add lemon for that extra vitamin C!

HONEY: Honey is very good at killing bacteria.  It helps relieve coughs, sore throats, chest infections and is also good to boost immunity. Some honeys (eg: Manuka honey) are especially good for skin and the healing of wounds. Make a honey  tea, or even take a mouthful on a teaspoon to fix a sore throat swiftly!

CINNAMON: Did you know that a teaspoon of raw honey and quarter teaspoon of cinnamon (non-radiated ) can knock out a cold within a day or two? Cinnamon is a very powerful antioxidant, and a strong anti -inflammatory. We all know that inflammation becomes a problem when it is chronic and directs itself against the body’s own tissues. Cinnamon can help to protect the heart and control blood sugar levels. By controlling sugar levels it can also be used for weight loss. Cinnamon can be added to flavour dishes such as oats, and some people enjoy a teaspoon added to tea or water.