If you feel the slightest tickle in your throat or the indications of a head cold coming on use this mixture twice a day. It also can be used during this bad wet season as a preventative, once a day. It is rather intense but while you are in the throes of a bad cold, it is fantastic for the pain in your chest caused by the bark, suppresses the cough and soothes your throat.
To one shot of rum, add (juiced or mashed)
1 clove raw garlic
1/2 inch piece of raw ginger
juice of one lemon
1 Tablespoon honey
1/2 teaspoon HOT fresh chili pepper or flakes (1/4 teaspoon if really hot powder–but flakes or fresh are better).
Mix. Bolt. Ahhhh. If you can’t stand the heat of the chili you can leave that out BUT the mixture is much more effective with it in. I can’t go into all the benefits of these ingredients right now but they are all highly anti-viral and protective. Re the Alcohol, you can also leave this out ( god knows why you would but) if you need to , use a base of lemonade, or tomato juice…think of it as a bloody Mary on Steroids!