Winter is just around the corner! You know what that means? Flu season is upon us! If you are like me, you like to try every homeopathic, natural way to prevent colds, sore throats and coughs.
I've tried many and have found two recipes that not only help the body's immune system when healthy but, if you are struck by the sniffles and sneezes, also help to soothe sore throats, coughs and congestion. A dear friend shared her recipe with me and I just added a couple of tweaks of my own. They have been momma tested and child approved!
Now, the measurements can be altered according to your own specific needs and tastes. These are the approximate measurements I use for serving two children.
Recipe 1 - Honey Lickin' Good Immunity Boost Syrup
In a bowl, mix all ingredients. Serve one tablespoon at a time.
Recipe 2 - Warm Soothing Spice Tea
Let water come to a boil, then turn off heat. Add all the spices. Mix in the honey when the water is not too hot so as not to loose the medicinal properties of the honey. Let it steep for about 10 minutes or until water is warm to serve. I add a squeeze of lemon at the end for a vitamin C boost. However, the lemon will change the taste of the drink, making it more sour.
A little about the ingredients. Ginger, Cinnamon and Turmeric have anti-inflammatory properties, which will help to reduce inflammation. The black pepper helps to activate the anti-inflammatory properties of the turmeric. Honey is like a natural anti-biotic and tahini paste also help soothe and coat a sore throat. Lemon of course is rich in Vitamin C, which is always needed throughout the season!
Remember do NOT give honey to children under the 1 years old.
Enjoy! And do let me know how these recipes work for you!