Blame it on the weather, blame it on the government…but the fact remains that right now, many people are suffering from a cold/flu in Nairobi and it’s appealing how many will rush their hard earned savings to a man in white yet they possess natural medicine probably in their pantry or in the nearby mama mboga.
Prevention is of course better than cure and that is what I do most but every year I get a mild cold, probably to ‘update’ my antibodies database of a possible new strain of the flu that I was not immune. A few days ago I felt the cold sneaking in which made me jump to my front-line defense system, ginger.
Very locally available fresh, this is perhaps the most important soldier to have in your assault team as it is antibacterial, anti-viral and anti inflammatory. Ginger also helps to boost the immune system making you stronger and improving your odds of a quick recovery. (You may add crushed garlic to improve the effectiveness of the tea)
To prepare just peel and crush a small ginger root then immerse in 2 cups of boiling spring water. Reduce heat and simmer for about 10 minutes. Add fresh lemon/lime juice and nice honey. Drink this 3 times a day.
Kienyeji Chicken Broth
We all know soup is good for sickness and making your own chicken soup is very easy. You just need kienyeji chicken bones, mirepoix (aromatics like garlic, ginger, tomato, dania, onion). Add everything in a pot, season with some Himalayan salt and cayenne pepper then bring to boil, reduce and simmer for at least 2 hours. The minerals and the nutrients in the bones will be extracted by the slow cooking and then help you fight the cold.
Raw Apple Cider Vinegar
Ok, this particular vinegar might ot be easily available but the health benefits are intense with regards to colds and flus. Organic ACV that contains the mother will inject your body with probiotics which help digestion and subsequently, overall health. To use just heat half a cup of spring water, add 3 tablespoons of raw organic apple cider vinegar and then drink up