Natural treatments for colds & flus you can make in your kitchen
Fall is here, winter is around the corner, and while we have yet to see many flus / colds, reports are out that the flu is beginning to pop up
While there are many remedies to help with colds and the flu below are 5 you can make yourself and have in your home.
Elderberry Syrup – There are a lot of variations on elderberry syrup. This recipe looks good and quite tasty as well!
1 cup dried elderberries (or 2 cups fresh)
2 tablespoons rose hips
2 cinnamon sticks
1 teaspoon dried ginger or one inch peeled fresh ginger
1/4 vanilla bean
4 cups water
2 cups honey
Simmer over medium-low heat in water elderberries, rose hips, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, and vanilla bean for 20-30 minutes until liquid is thick and syrupy. Strain through a sieve, then combine with honey and store in an airtight jar in the fridge.
Dosing instructions vary, acutely the studies I’ve seen recommend 4 Tablespoons/day for adults, 2 T/day for kids. For flu prevention I would recommend 1 T/day for adults, 1 t/day for kids.
Thyme Gargle – Add 1 T of dried thyme to a cup of boiling water. Cover and let steep for 5 minutes. This can be used a a gargle for sore throats, inhaled (breathe in the steam off of the cup) or drunk. If planning to drink this will be a strong tea, add honey to taste. If gargling, strain and add a teaspoon of salt. Then use to gargle from 2-5 times per day.
Garlic-Onion Syrup – This is a loose recipe (meaning no exact amounts), cut up enough garlic and onions to fill a mason jar. Then put layers of onion and garlic alternating with white sugar. So onion, sugar, garlic and onion, sugar, until the jar is mostly full. Cover and set aside for 5-7 days. Yes, white sugar works the best. The sugar will draw the liquid out of the onions and garlic along with a lot of the medicinal compounds leaving a syrup in the jar. Strain and store in the fridge. You can add this to any other formula you are using or take it by itself. I usually recommend about 3 T/day for adults, 1-2 t/day for kids for treatment of a cold of flu.
Fire cider, also called Cyclone cider – A potent kick, and quite tasty too! In a 1 quart jar, add:
1 onion peeled and chopped
5 cloves garlic peeled and chopped
3/4 cup of fresh grated horseradish
1/2 cup grated fresh ginger
1 tsp turmeric
1 heaping tsp cayenne pepper
1 cup honey
Fill the jar with vinegar (many folks use apple cider vinegar, but plain white vinegar will do if that’s what you have)
Cover jar with waxed paper, then screw on the lid. Allow to sit for 4-8 weeks. Then you can strain or leave intact, siphoning off the liquid. Store in the fridge.
Dosing is 1/2 tsp to 1 Tbl (per your tolerance) three to five times daily for colds and flus. Take 1/2 – 1 tsp one to three times daily for more chronic issues or as an immune tonic
Ginger Honey Tea – soothing, warming, and an all around nice beverage to have when you have a cold or the flu. Cut a couple of coin sized pieces off a fresh ginger root, or add 1/2 tsp of dried ginger powder to a cup, pour hot water over. Cover and let simmer for 5 minutes. Strain if needed, add a generous squeeze of lemon and honey to taste. Sip.
Use any or all of the 5 remedies listed here that you can brew up in your kitchen and have on hand, to prevent and treat the next bout of cold and flu in your family.
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