Nature’s Penicillin: A natural cold remedy

Anyone who knows me knows that I am a huge advocate of natural remedies in favor of pharmaceuticals whenever possible. As such I am going to make a concerted effort to share some of the herbal concoctions I learn here and there with my internet friends :D.

It’s been quite chilly outside lately and with the nasty weather comes the cold and flu season in full force. I firmly believe that prevention is the best cure, and with all these germs floating around you can make a great immune booster at home using some inexpensive produce items. All you need is:

  • A blender
  • 1 grapefruit (with skin)
  • 1 orange (with skin)
  • 2 lemons (with skin)
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • ½ a large onion
  • 3 drops peppermint oil (optional)

Roll your citrus fruits before slicing to release juices and make it easier to blend. If it’s too thick, add a little bit of water. After blending together, store in a glass container and refrigerate for up to 5 months.

You should end up with something that looks like this:


Dosage: For an adult take one cup a day. For a child 5 – 12 years take 1/2 cup a day. Consume periodically over the course of the day instead of all at once.

Small disclaimer: you probably won’t enjoy the taste.

sour lemon faceYou’ve been warned.

I learned this great little recipe at a health evangelism training session I attended a few weekends ago.  These ingredients combined form a nutritional powerhouse that help to stop illnesses in their tracks and eradicate existing cold and flu symptoms. Here’s how:

Grapefruit: High in Vitamin C which is an immune system strengthener. Grapefruit is valuable as it aids the body in eliminating poisons.

Orange: High in Vitamin C and A. Also contains high amounts of potassium and a good amount of calcium and phosphorus. Oranges can decrease mucus buildup in the nose and is even helpful in cases of respiratory ailments, such as bronchitis, pneumonia and also asthma, high blood pressure and rheumatism.

Lemon: Contains Vitamin B, C, Calcium, Iron, Potassium and Phosphorus. Lemons are a natural antiseptic and help destroy harmful bacteria in areas of infection. The Vitamin C in lemon builds the immune system and is, especially beneficial to the liver, an important organ of elimination. Lemon is also beneficial because it is alkaline forming in body.

Garlic: Contains Vitamin B, C, Calcium, Potassium and Phosphorus. It is one of the most beneficial foods for the digestive system and has a positive effect on the lymph, aiding in the elimination of toxic waste matter in the body. Garlic is naturally antibiotic, valuable in immune strength and blood cleansing.

Onion: Contains Vitamin A, Thiamine, Iron, Niacin, and Calcium. Onions have antiseptic qualities and help drain mucus from the sinus cavities and loosen phlegm. They will also help destroy worms and other parasites in the body. Onions are recommended in cases of asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia, flu and colds.

Peppermint oil: Peppermint oil brings oxygen into the blood stream. It cleanses and strengthens the entire body and also smells great :).

Special thanks to Meet Ministry for providing the info on the medicinal properties.

Here’s to being completely above the weather all winter long!

Happy healing :).


A Spoonful of Sugar Helps the Medicine Go Down

“People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.”

– John C. Maxwell

How do you give health and lifestyle advice to your loved ones without coming across as bossy or holier-than-thou? Pride is a hard pill to swallow when you’re being told what you’re doing wrong. In fact, in a society of relativism, the line between what’s right and wrong has become increasingly blurred.


People can be very sensitive to their rights as humans to control how they live, even when it comes to things that are harmful to them physically, mentally, emotionally or spiritually. So what’s the secret to counseling on sensitive topics? How do you hint to a family member to start eating more healthily or advise a friend to stay away from a toxic relationship?

The key: love.


The apostle Paul famously wrote to the Corinthians that even with all the knowledge and abilities in the world, without love, “it profits…nothing”. In other words, unless you back up all your scientific and psychological arguments with genuine concern for the other person, you might as well be trying to bite through a wall.

    So what is love exactly? According to the Bible (ESV)

      Love IS:

  • patient
  • kind
  • bearing of all things
  • hopeful
  • enduring
  • trusting

       Love IS NOT:

  • envious
  • boastful
  • arrogant
  • rude
  • insistent on its own way
  • irritable
  • resentful

In the whole passage Paul beautifully describes love and in essence, God’s character.

Remember: People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.

In my own experience, I’ve definitely I’ve had to stop at times and add some proverbial sugar to my spoon before administering the dose. How have you handled opposition when trying to give advice?