For a cold/ flu or
  congested sinus or lungs:

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 Use a blender to mix following together well:

-      a piece of fresh ginger, about the size of a large grape

-      a good tablespoon of honey

-      a half teaspoon of dried turmeric from your herbs shelf (or i cm of fresh tumeric)

-      a half tablespoon of apple cider vinegar

-      a sprig of thyme or 3 sprinkles of thyme from your herbs shelf

-      2 or 3 sprinkles of dried powdered chilli from your herbs shelf (or a 1/2 cm of fresh chilli)

-      juice of a quarter of a lemon

-      a 1/2 cm of liquorice root and / or two or three liquorice lollies!

-      2 - 3 cups of water

Then cook on high for two minutes in the microwave in a large covered bowl.
Stir, let cool and store it in a glass jar with a lid in your fridge.

If you have a cold or when you feel you need to clear your sinus or chest,
or just to have every few days as a preventative measure if you are prone to asthma or sinusitis,

Pour a little into the bottom of a tall glass (vary to taste) and add the following before drinking:

-      warm water

-      or tap water (It is good if you also add the juice of a freshly squeezed orange before adding the water)

-      or sparkling mineral water and ice (it actually makes a nice drink/ alcohol substitute especially if you add some freshly
                                                                                             squeezed orange juice and put a bit less apple cider vinegar!

-    In your second batch, you could vary the ingredients to what suits your taste.

Also you can take one or two garlic and horse radish tablets before breakfast and again before afternoon tea or dinner.


Three other herbs traditionally used for the respiratory system (esp. asthma) because of their anti-inflammatory and decongestant properties are horehound, fenugreek and marshmallow root.

All these herbs can be bought on-line. e.g:

  Best food - chicken and vegetable broth, boiled up with some chicken bones as well.