Lately I get a lot of people to the pharmacy with a sore throat and cold because they start the trips and the first holidays of some lucky and the time is very variable still. Cough, sore throat, nasal congestion and fever are undoubtedly the most common symptoms in a cold.
Once any of these symptoms appear, it is important not to underestimate them and think they may disappear on their own. It is best to try to relieve them as soon as possible and it is good to remember that not only can we help with cold medicines but there are remedies from the grandmother that will help us heal faster. That’s why I always recommend that you follow along with the medications that are on the market (paracetamol, ibuprofen, acetylcysteine, guafenenesin, clrohexidine, ambroxol …) and will depend on the symptoms you suffer and the severity. Always ask the doctor or pharmacist for advice that can guide us according to the symptoms that we have.
Today I am going to teach you to prepare a very simple and useful mixture for cough, sore throat and mucus. It is nothing more than a liquid preparation made of lemon, honey, ginger and star anise. Four ingredients that already have antiseptic and anti-inflammatory action but that combine to become a good remedy to fight bacteria, calm the cough and perform a good action as an expectorant.
Lemon, honey or ginger for cold
How to prepare lemon, honey and ginger syrup?
Here are the products and quantities you will need:
- 1 sterile, airtight glass bottle
- 1 lemon
- 4 star aniseed fruits
- Honey, 2 to 4 tablespoons
First you have to wash the lemon and cut it into thin slices. Take off the seeds but do not peel it. Then take the ginger, peel it and also cut it into thin slices.
In a sterilized glass jar you will have to pour some honey. It does not matter what type of honey you put because there are many types but they will all serve you. Of course, try not to be crystallized but rather liquid to be able to pour easily. In case it is harder than you expected, you only have to put it in a water bath for a few minutes until you see it remains unctuous.
After pouring the first layer of honey is alternated a slice of lemon with a ginger of the ones you have cut before and also add the 4 pieces of star anise to be distributed throughout the jar ( anise is optional if not You like the taste ). When you have all the pieces well alternated and in the container you just fill with the rest of honey. Of course, pay attention while you do to avoid air bubbles forming in any area because that would prevent honey from being distributed everywhere. Everything should be covered between the ingredients and the honey.
Once it is completely full you have to close it and store it in the refrigerator, letting it rest for at least 3-4 days before using it. During this period of time the pectin contained in the lemon peel and the honey will form a kind of gelatin that will be what you will use dissolved in the form of tea or simply in a glass of warm but not hot water.
This preparation can hold in the refrigerator for a month so you can have it on hand as long as there are signs of a cold to use it when needed. If you have a cold and you have pain, chest mucus or cough you will only need to take a tablespoon of this mixture about 4 or 5 times a day along with the medication that you have been advised of whenever necessary and having asked before at the pharmacy or doctor.