When it comes to fighting coughs, colds and all sorts of winter nasties, we all want what's best for our families without giving un-necessary medication. Don't get me wrong, traditional medicine certainly has it's place and I'm not here to tell you otherwise - this is just an alternative route to help get your health back on track!
Coughs and colds usually go hand in hand, so here are 5 natural remedies to help get to the root of the problem, as well as relieving their symptoms.
NUMBER ONE Turmeric Elixir
Turmeric is a spice with so many anti-inflammatory and healing properties but when it's teamed with honey, ginger and lemon it turns into a super-spice!
Here is my favourite recipe for Turmeric Elixir to boost your immunity and keep sickness at bay.
Ingredients - makes 1 Cup
1 Cup honey (preferably organic) 4 tbsp freshly grated ginger (or ground ginger) 4 tsp ground turmeric
4 tsp ground cinnamon 2 lemons, freshly grated zest 3 pinches ground black pepper
Stir all of the ingredients together in a bowl. Taste and add more ginger or turmeric if needed. Aim for a really strong flavor as you'll only be adding a few teaspoons of the mixture to a cup of water.
Store the Turmeric Elixir in a sterilized, glass container.
When ready to consume - boil a cup of water and let slightly cool (this keeps the benefits from the honey intact), stir in a few teaspoons of the mixture and drink. You can also add this to your favorite brewed tea.
Lemon, Ginger & Clove Cough Drops
Take these beauties as soon as you start to feel a tingle in your throat to prevent a full-blown cold coming on. They also work wonders as a cough suppressant and are seriously easy to make.
Ingredients - Makes 24 Cough Drops:
1/4 cup Water
1/2 cup Brown Sugar
1/2 Tbsp Honey
1 Tbsp freshly squeezed Lemon Juice
1/2 Tsp Ground Ginger
1/4 Tsp Ground Cloves
Line a baking tray with grease-proof paper.
Combine all of the ingredients in a heavy-bottomed saucepan.
Cook to hard crack stage* (this takes approximately 15-20 mins).
*Test this by dropping some of the mixture from a spoon into a bowl of ice water. If the mixture is still chewy, it needs a few more minutes. If the mixture cracks, then it's ready.
Allow the mixture to cool slightly.
Using a teaspoon, drop the mixture onto the baking paper.
Allow to cool completely.
-Store in an airtight container in a cool, dry place away from moisture, as this will make the drops stick together.
*Caution: If you are pregnant or suffer from gastrointestinal or liver disorders, do not take eucalyptus internally.
This recipe is a superb decongestant for the sinuses and aides in relieving the symptoms of head colds.
14 grams dried Eucalyptus leaves
14 grams dried Chamomile flowers
28 grams dried Peppermint leaves
Pour 1 cup of boiled water over 1 teaspoon of the mixed dried leaves (which you can find at most health-food stores).
Cover and steep for 10 minutes, then strain.
Sweeten with honey to taste (optional).
You can drink up to 2 - 3 cups a day.
Garlic is packed with antioxidants and a daily dose in your recipes could benefit your immune system. If a cold does sneak in, try sipping on this garlic tea: steep chopped or minced garlic in hot water for several minutes, then strain and add ginger and honey to improve the taste
Natural Vapour Rub
Unlike the store bought vapour rub, this mixture is completely natural with NO nasty toxins or chemicals.
Whip up this mixture in just 5 minutes.
Makes 1 x 120ml jar of vapour rub:
4 Tsps grated Beeswax
3 Tbsp Cocoa Butter
7 Tbsp Coconut Oil
20 drops Rosemary Essential Oil
20 drops Eucalyptus Oil
20 drops Lemon Oil
In a saucepan, over low heat, add the coconut oil and cocoa butter. Melt.
Once melted, add the beeswax. Melt.
Remove the pan from the heat. Allow the mixture to sit in the saucepan for 5 minutes. (This will allow the mixture to cool so the oils aren't damaged)
Add the oils to the coconut oil mixture. Combine with a spoon.
Pour the mixture into a glass mason jar.
As the mixture cools the liquid will solidify, making it creamy and spreadable.
*Homemade vapor rub will keep at room temperature for 12 months.
** This mixture can be used on the chest, temples and under the nose.
So there you have it, 5 easy to make home remedies to keep you fighting fit during winter!
Remember, if your cough, cold or flu symptoms persist, please ensure you seek the guidance of a qualified medical professional.
Love & Light
xx Sandra Stoitis xx