When I’m coughing and spluttering and full of cold, I don’t like to waste my money on expensive sugary syrups and sachets. I choose to make myself a simple hot drink packed with spices that are known for their healing properties.

This drink nips most of my colds and coughs in the bud. If it works as well for you, you’ll be helping your body to heal itself the natural way as well as saving yourself some pennies in the long run.

Put the following into a mug:

  • 5 whole cloves
  • Pinch of ground turmeric
  • Pinch of cayenne chilli pepper
  • 2 pinches of ground cinnamon
  • Juice of a large wedge of fresh lemon
  • 1 tsp raw honey to taste (optional)

Fill with hot (but not boiling) water, stir well, then let steep for 510 minutes. Remove the cloves. The ground ingredients do not dissolve, so continue stirring as you sip.

It may have a strong taste, but the ingredients have many healing properties which can help to ease different ailments. 

Feel better soon!


Cinnamon is a natural anti-biotic and can help the body to fight against infection.
Turmeric is a strong anti-inflammatory and can ease bacterial and viral infections.

Cayenne pepper has anti-irritant properties which soothe sore throats.
Cloves have antibacterial, antiviral and antimicrobial qualities.

Lemon is packed with vitamins and minerals, particularly vitamin C which helps the immune system to defend the body against colds.
Raw honey hasn’t been processed so still contains its high nutritional value. It can ease coughs and is a natural antiseptic.




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I am not a medical or nutritional professional. I am simply sharing my own methods for soothing minor ailments. Consult your doctor if you have any concerns.

Some people experience mild allergic reactions to turmeric. Please do your own research and/or consult your doctor, particularly if you are taking medication.




  1. @GreenGirl007 It does have quite a strong flavour, but I love the taste of these spices. Plus they have so many healing and soothing properties.. Try it and let us know what you think!


  2. I do this with honey, lemon and cinnamon but never tried with the other spices. Does it taste ok?

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