Cold and flu season
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Well, it’s that time of year…ugh, cold and flu season. It’s a good idea to have your natural remedies on hand and ready to go when needed. I always make my homemade Vicks vapor rub ahead of time. In addition, I make this all-natural homemade cough syrup as soon as I, or someone in my family, feels a cold (or flu) coming on.
This homemade cough syrup works really well. I was really blown away at how effective it is. It halts a cough in its tracks and helps you to bring up what is causing you to cough, which is exactly what a cough syrup is meant to do. However, this homemade cough syrup is void of toxic and/or harmful ingredients.
What makes this homemade cough syrup so effective?
Spices – Ginger, cinnamon and cloves are anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory. As a result, they help to open your airway and fight off the infection and viruses that can cause cold and flu. In addition, these spices will give your immune system a boost. Read more about the amazing benefits of ginger.
Raw honey* – Raw honey, even by itself, is a wonderful ingredient in homemade cough syrup. Honey is an expectorant. This means that it helps to loosen mucus so you can cough it up. Honey is also a demulcent, which means that it soothes irritation of the throat by providing a protective film. This is what makes it an effective cough suppressant. Thus, honey helps you to clear your throat and then cease coughing. Furthermore, honey is also anti-bacterial which means it fights infections that can accompany cold and flu.
Lemons and limes – These citrus fruits help to fight cold and flu because they are loaded with vitamin C. In addition, they contain anti-oxidants which help to boost your immune system.
- ½ c distilled water
- ¼ tsp organic ginger
- 1/8 tsp organic cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp organic clove
- 3/4 c raw honey
- 1 lemon
- 1 lime
Combine water and spices in a pot. Stir until thoroughly combined.
Expel juice from lemons and limes in a separate bowl. Add to water and spices.
Pour in honey.
Heat mixture on medium heat until it thickens (this part takes a while so you’ll have to patient, but it’s worth it, I promise).
*Unfortunately, when heated, raw honey loses some of its benefits.
*I recommend using ceylon cinnamon and manuka honey if possible as they offer the most health benefits.
*These spices may be too potent for your little ones. If you find that is the case, just decrease the amount of spices or eliminate them altogether. The combination of citrus and honey will help to alleviate symptoms on their own.
I hope you found this helpful. Please share if you know someone who might love this recipe. Thanks! 🙂
Have you tried making homemade cough syrup? Do you use a natural, non-toxic store-bought brand that you like? Share your comments below.
Be happy, stay healthy! 🙂