The typical congestion, runny nose, cough and aches that come with a cold can make you feel rotten for a few days, but there is one simple common kitchen ingredient that can help you feel better fast... ginger.
According to Ayurveda winter and spring are the time when we are more likely to get a cold. Colds are primarily a kapha disorder where the body shows a build up of the cold and wet properties of kapha which reveal themselves as mucous and congestion. Vata is also involved causing chills, and sometimes low appetite.
Since a cold is caused by the cool nature of both kapha and vata the best way to treat it is to use the warming properties of ginger. Ginger is good for the lungs, digestion and circulation so it is perfect for treating colds. For the lungs, ginger clears phlegm, for the digestive system it kindles our digestive fire and stimulates the production of digestive enzymes, and circulation is increased along with sweating.
Parents were shocked earlier this year when the FDA issued a public warning that over the counter cough and cold remedies could cause "serious and potentially life-threatening" side effects. Parents of children under the age of two have been strongly advised not to use these products.
Pediatrician Dr Alan Greene has expressed his approval over the warnings and reassures parents that they are not missing out on effective remedies, but rather on pharmaceutical preparations that have proved to be no more effective than placebos in clinical trials.
Instead of using what he considers to be non-effective over the counter remedies, he is recommending that concerned parents step back in time and learn some natural home remedies instead.