Beat The Cold

There is no cure for the common cold, however, if you do find yourself under the weather, there are a few recipes that could leave you feeling at least a little better.

Hot Toddy

If you are having trouble sleeping, and are suffering from a sore throat, a Hot Toddy could help you have a relatively restful night! The whisky helps you sleep while anti-bacterial honey soothes your throat.  

The recipe calls for 2 ounces of whisky, 1 tablespoon of honey, 4 ounces of water and 1 teaspoon of lemon juice. Mix all the ingredients in a small pot and then heat the mixture. Once it is simmering, add a slice of lemon for decoration and serve in a mug.

Selecting local honey, an organic lemon and using Scottish whisky (rather than foreign alternatives) can help reduce this old remedy’s carbon cost.

Benromach Organic Whisky, £33.36

Bruichladdich Organic Single Malt, £44.99

Sinus Steam

If you are suffering from sinus pain and congestion inhaling steam can be very therapeutic and adding Eucalyptus, Peppermint, or Rosemary Oil to the water can make it even more effective.

To create the steam bring a full kettle to the boil and carefully pour the contents into a large bowl. Add the essential oil of your choice, close your eyes and hold your head directly above. Place a towel over your head and breathe in the fragrant steam for about 15 minutes.  

Making your own oils can make this recipe even more eco-friendly. If you have access to a Eucalyptus tree, Peppermint plant or Rosemary shrub all you need is a jar to gently crush their leaves inside and some olive oil to cover them. Shake the mixture once a day for a month and then strain the solution.

NB: If you have heart problems or if you are pregnant steaming is not for you. It should also be avoided by people with epilepsy and small children.

Chicken Soup

The benefits of eating chicken soup have, surprisingly, quite a lot of basis in scientific fact. In 1978 Marvin Sackner M.D. noted in a respected medical journal that the soup was actually better at relieving congestion than water alone, and Stephen Rennard M.D. later reported that it had several anti-inflammatory effects.  

We love Jamie Oliver’s simple recipe for “Feel Good Chicken Broth”:

-Place a 1.5kg chicken, two chopped carrots, two chopped sticks of celery and a rasher of bacon in a large saucepan and cover them with water.

-Bring the mixture to the boil and then let the ingredients simmer for an hour and a quarter removing the white residue that will form at the top every so often.

-In the last ten minutes add 2 or 3 sprigs of rosemary as well as a handful of shiitake mushrooms.

-Remove the chicken from the soup and tear it into slivers.

-Season the leftover solution and ladle it through a sieve into bowls.

-Add a few mushrooms and chicken slivers to each bowl, and then drizzle the soup with olive oil.

-Save any of the chicken you haven’t used for sandwiches and salads!

To make this recipe eco-friendly use as many organic ingredients as possible and ensure both your chicken and bacon are free-range too.

Duchy Originals Organic Bacon

Shiitake Mushrooms

Diana Verde Nieto - Positive Luxury's Founder and CEO

Positive Luxury’s co-founder and CEO Diana Verde Nieto is a social entrepreneur with a career history steeped in sustainability. After founding and overseeing sustainability communications consultancy Clownfish in its journey from niche company to a global brand, she went on to be nominated as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2011.