Real Relief for Cold Season

Lemon and Fresh Ginger

Lemon and Fresh Ginger

If anyone in my house gets a little stuffy-headed, or runny-nosed, or is getting a bit of a sore throat, I start chopping fresh ginger and slicing lemons.  I add them to several cups of water on the stove, bring to a boil, and simmer whenever we’re at home.  As much as my girls dislike this next part, I urge them to lean over the pot, preferably with a towel tented over the back of their head (which they really love) and breathe in the steam.  I actually love doing this, because I can feel it opening my nasal passages and loosening (hope you don’t mind the visual) what’s stuck up there.  And my clients rave about the effects too.  If you can set up a hot plate next to your desk at work, keep this brew next to you all day.  Just keep adding water as it evaporates, and more ginger and lemon as the aroma fades. It’s a strong elixir and will give any head cold a run for its money.  Try it.  You’ll be so glad you did.

Mandy Meyer-Hill

NYS Licensed Massage Therapist

Stairway Healing Arts Center

1 Washington Street
Cambridge, NY  12816





















Cold Season Relief

Well, it’s that time of year.  The time of runny noses, coughs, stuffy heads, sinus congestion.  If you find yourself experiencing any of these symptoms, I have a WONDERFUL recipe for relief.  You can do it yourself at home.  It’s easy!

What you need:

large pot (larger than the circumference of your face.  You’ll understand why in a minute)

6 cups water

1-2 inches of fresh ginger root, finely chopped or grated, you can leave the rind on it

1/2 lemon, thinly sliced

large towel

Place ginger and lemon in water and bring to boil.  Reduce heat and simmer for 10-20 minutes.  After simmering, do that old fashioned thing of putting your face over the pot (but not TOO close), making a tent over your head with the towel, and breathe in that steam!  Be careful- remember it’s super hot!  Breathe under the towel, with occasional breaks, for 5-10 minutes.  Repeat hourly.  It’s also great to keep the pot simmering throughout the day wherever you are, adding water and more ginger and lemon as necessary.  (Of course, please DO NOT leave the pot unattended!) This gives everyone in the space relief.  Let me know what you think!

Have a wonderful day, and take really good care of yourself!