I have been here in Canada for over a month now and managed not to get a sore throat, cold or cough.

But right in the last week of my visit I came down with sore throat and blocked nose that progressed to a cough.

I had been taking one of my herbal remedies that I make myself and usually works wonders to cure that cough, but this time it didn’t work so I also added another home made cough mix that I changed around using the fresh spices, not the ground type, thinking that would be more effective…..wrong.

So there I was, having a coffee in Whistler and I started coughing in the way I dread the most, deep, moist and ….infected……slight panic..

I rang and booked in to see the Dr!! I am leaving in a few days to go back to Australia and it will take me all up over 30hrs with lay overs and waits at either end..I’m concerned that my cough will turn into a bacterial infection as I hadn’t been sleeping well and was quite stressed. While I was waiting there in that most inhospitable place (the Drs waiting room), I asked how much a visit is…..$128!! and that converts to even more in AUD, Plus the cost of antibiotics! I cancelled my appt and left. That’s just crazy and in my mind plain robbery.

This gave me the incentive to play around with my “cure” and I’m sharing what I came up with here, its worked amazingly well!!



sore throat and cough cure

2 lemons – juiced

1/4 cup of Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV), Organic

2-3 tblspns RAW ORGANIC Honey

2 cloves garlic

1/4 – 1/2  tspn  each cinnamon, cayenne pepper, ginger and turmeric

How to cure that cough:

Place lemon juice, ACV, finely chopped garlic and honey in a saucepan and heat gently until warm and honey has softened – don’t boil.

Turn heat off and add the spices, give it a good stir as the spices tend to sink.


Take 2 Tablespoons every hour or so if you are coughing, otherwise as needed, I did 1-2 tbspns hrly the first day then 3-4 times a day. By the second day the cough and sore throat had gone completely.

I tried this using fresh Turmeric, Cayenne Pepper and Ginger but for some reason it didn’t work much at all, so I bought these from the local supermarket. Nothing special at all.

WHY I used these ingredients:

RAW HONEY has been used for centuries as a cure for coughs and sore throat and is far more effective than over the counter cough mixtures (believe me – I’ve tried them ALL!) – don’t give raw honey to children under the age of 12 months.

CAYENNE PEPPER has Capsaicin in it which is a natural pain reliever, but also brings warmth and blood supply to the area and promotes healing

GINGER is a natural antihistamine and anti-inflammatory and also relieves chest congestion

CINNAMON relieves congestion and headaches (a perfect partner for honey)

TURMERIC contains Curcumin and is an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. This ingredient may not be necessary, but I added it anyway.

APPLE CIDER VINEGAR  provides antiseptic, antiviral, and antibacterial properties. It also helps to boost the immune system with its minerals, vitamins, enzymes and amino acids.

LEMON JUICE breaks up mucus, is antiseptic, rich in vitamins and nutrients and is soothing for a sore throat.

GARLIC is an antimicrobial and expectorant (it softens the mucus and brings it up)

I’m also dealing with a chronic lung condition as well, thus the freakout to begin with. So I also incorporate lots of postural drainage to help get all that muck up and out of my lungs. This will make sure there’s nowhere for the bugs to settle, grow and make my life miserable.

Clear lungs are happy lungs. We can all manage our own bodies, it’s a matter of learning the best and most effective way for us.

But why do we get colds?

The most important thing to remember is they aren’t usually able to be ‘cured’ by antibiotics because a cold is triggered by a virus not a bacteria. The use of antibiotics is futile. The reason I was thinking of going to the Dr was because I was fearful of a secondary infection which is usually bacterial in nature.

It is also very important not to think that you can ‘catch’ a cold. It’s a mind game we have been trained to continue throughout generations. Take responsibility for your own health,

  1. Eat well, ease up on the sugar and too many grains
  2. Rest!! this can’t be over emphasised
  3. Be calm, use all the tricks you can find to overcome emotional stressors.
  4. Drink enough water
  5. Be kind to yourself

You’ll find the most important point is the last one. Self forgiveness and making space for yourself and your own personal needs will do wonders for your health and overall wellbeing.

The top mucus forming foods to be avoided:

  • ALL dairy – milk, cheese, yoghurt even if its fat free or A2
  • ALL grains
  • Fast foods, barbecue chicken, deep fried foods of any kind
  • Bananas (yep – really)
  • Oats as in porridge

You’ll find avoiding these will make a huge difference to your recovery time.

Try either fasting or eating raw for the duration, that also speeds up recovery.

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