Here’s how to stop an oncoming cold 85% of the time: make a tea of dried orange or tangerine peel.
Why dried citrus peels: they are loaded with Vitamins C and K. If you make a tea of the peels at the first sign of a cold, you’ll either not get a full-blown cold, or if you do, it will be much less severe.
Of course colds don’t cooperate and come on when you’re safely ensconsed in your home. You’ll need access to water, a way to heat it, and a little sweetener because peels have a bitter edge to them.
Grab a handful of dried citrus peels, about 1 ounce, and put them in a small saucepan. Add 1.5 – 2 cups water, bring to a boil, then lower to a simmer for 30-45 minutes. Either during the brew time or after, sweeten with honey or sugar to taste. Strain out the peels, and drink while warm to get that soothing relief.
If you haven’t begun to save your citrus peels, start this winter when they are plentiful:
- Dry in a brown lunch bag
- When fully dried, store in a glass jar
We also have on hand a couple of classic formulas to stop a cold from becoming full blown. Taken along with Vitamin C, these shorten the cold’s cycle or stop it dead in its tracks altogether. Really.
One of acupuncture’s “side effects” is to boost the immune system, which is the main reason we get treated regularly. Clinically it is evident that people who get acupuncture treatments regularly experience respiratory infections much less frequently, and when they do come in for for respiratory complaints, between the right formula prescription, cupping, and needling, this ancient, natural medicine resolves the complaint powerfully.