It’s that time of year again when everybody’s got a cough or a sniffle.
But whatever you do, don’t just go for the over the counter chemical filled remedies, they aren’t always the best option. Instead, opt for home made natural remedies that will help to boost your body’s own defences.
Honey And Red Onion Cough Syrup (no nasty tastes!)
A great natural cough syrup that is suitable for family members of all ages is this recipe, which takes red onions, raw honey (or stevia) and brown cane sugar, and although it’s got onion in it, you can’t taste it – it actually tastes quite nice so there will be no issues getting the kids to have it.
Simply peel and slice the whole onion horizontally and layer the slices of onion in a bowl, layering it with layers of raw honey and brown sugar, you can use stevia powder in place of the honey if you prefer but we’ll warn you, it can make it extremely sickly sweet.
Keep layering the ingredients until the whole onion is in, and then cover the bowl with cling film and leave overnight.
The following day there should be a few doses of sweet syrup at the bottom of the bowl containing a vast range of vitamins, minerals and nutrients that will help fight infections, and sooth those sore, swollen throats. Just administer a spoon at a time as required.
Mullein Tea For Congestion And Coughs
Mullein tea has long been known for its ability to decongest your chest and to help to relieve coughs, colds and even the flu. It helps to loosen up mucous that is trapped in the chest by acting as an expectorant, and it is also great for soothing sore throats. So how do you make it? First of all, pack a tea strainer or a tea ball with dried mullein and sit in a cup of boiled water for ten minutes. Simply drink to get the benefits, if it’s not sweet enough you could add a teaspoon of honey.
Garlic Tea Immune System Booster
Garlic is well known for its ability to improve and boost the immune system and it is also an antiviral and antibacterial, which makes it the ideal ingredients for fighting off nasty coughs, colds, viruses and flu-like illnesses. It is also great for the heart and cardiovascular system too so you’re getting more than you bargained for with this.
A great way to get the nutrients from the garlic into your body is to make a garlic tea and if you add a small amount of raw honey this tea tastes beautiful as well as healing your body from whatever cold or cough you have. Simply peel 2-4 garlic cloves and crush them by turning your knife on its side. Add the crushed cloves to two mugs full of water and boil before simmering for around 15 minutes. Strain off the garlic and then add raw honey and a drop of fresh lemon juice before drinking.
Lemon And Honey Sore Throat Soother
Raw honey with fresh lemon juice is the ideal remedy to sooth sore throats and it also helps to stop any tickling in the throat that makes you cough. Raw honey contains ingredients that help to kill off viruses and bacteria, so it’s a great ingredient for getting rid of colds and flu. Fresh lemons are packed with antioxidants and vitamin C, and these both help to give your immune system a boost and thus decrease the amount of time it takes to get rid of your cough and sore throat.
Just 2-3 tablespoons of raw honey and the juice of half a lemon will make enough to take throughout the day as required to prevent coughing and relieve sore throats.
Virus Fighting Chicken Soup
Although not for vegetarians, for those who do eat meat this antiviral chicken soup is very effective at fighting colds and flu quickly. This has been used as far back as the 12th century, when Maimonides, the Jewish physician recommended it, and it is still very popular today. You should use chicken and organic vegetables boiled up in water with 2 tablespoons of honey and cook for 1-2 hours before serving, but make sure you use organic as you don’t want to litter your body with harmful pesticides, especially when you’re ill.
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