As we're going into cold and flu season, would it be helpful to have a homemade cough remedy on hand? Is planning your Halloween costume giving you a migraine? Would you try anything to improve your allergies? This week's Be Better Challenge could help with all of these!
This week's Be Better Challenge is to use cayenne pepper. This spicy pepper can be put in cookies, in detoxifying drinks, baked on chicken, or even applied to your hair.
Since cayenne pepper is an anti-inflammatory agent, it can help to prevent allergies and allergy symptoms. It helps to prevent blood clots and stimulates the circulatory system by opening capillaries. As a source of vitamin A, it is said to relieve migraine pain and help to remedy cold and flu symptoms.
If you love spicy foods, you can make your own hot sauce or try fettuccine with chicken roasted in red pepper sauce. If you aren't a fan of spicy foods, you can still complete this Be Better challenge! Mix olive or coconut oil with cayenne pepper for a hair mask said to promote hair growth, or make the homemade cough remedy below.
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar (preferably Bragg's, if available)
2 tablespoons honey (locally produced raw honey is best, if available)
2 tablespoons water
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
Place all the ingredients in a small jar and shake to combine. Leave at room temperature for a few days or place in the refrigerator for longer storage. Shake well each time before using. Please note: the spices will not dissolve into the liquid, it will not be a thick syrup, and it should remain watery.