Lemon, honey and cardamom have been used as natural remedies for colds for centuries. While I tend to mix lemon, honey and warm water as my go-to remedy for colds, I have recently begun experimenting with cardamom with great results. Together this mix is a great therapeutic combination.
I use cardamom pods as they are said to contain the strongest medicinal properties. I add the lemon juice at the end so as not to degrade the vitamins.
Serve warm, chilled or as frozen ice cubes. The ice is great for sore throats and a good alternative to over the counter medicine.
Honey, cardamom and cinnamon have antioxidant and antimicrobial properties.
Honey soothes sore throats and relives irritation.
Lemon contains vitamin C.
Cinnamon has anti-inflammatory properties.
Cardamom is an antispasmodic and has anti-inflammatory properties, which is said to help with muscle spasms, joint pain and coughs.