Make Your Own Cold Remedy in 30 Minutes
As the days get shorter and the temperature drops it’s hard not to start worrying about getting sick. There’s nothing worse than being stuck at home feeling sorry for yourself, creating a mosaic of used-tissues around the bed. Here’s a simple flu and cold remedy syrup to get you through the winter mucus-free!
You can take a spoonful of this every day throughout the winter to keep your immune system strong and healthy. If you feel a cold coming on, ramp up the amount you take to 3 tsp of syrup a day. Combine it with drinking a turmeric latte every evening and nothing will stop you!
This recipe makes enough to last a few weeks and can be used by all the family.
Flu & Cold Remedy Ingredients
- 1ltr distilled water – you can buy this online, like here
- 50g dried elderberries (fresh will work)
- 25g dried elderflowers (fresh will work)
- 20g fresh turmeric or 3 tsp of turmeric powder
- 1 lrg cinnamon quill
- 20g fresh ginger root or 2 tsp of ginger powder
- 1 cup of local honey (if not local any will do)
Not got the ingredients?
Use one pack of our Immune Booster tea with the water and honey.
- Grate the fresh turmeric and ginger if that’s what you have. Leave on the skin as that contains lots of beneficial nutrients. Break up the cinnamon quill into pieces.
- Place elderberries, elderflowers, turmeric, cinnamon and ginger into a pot along with the water and bring to the boil.
- Once boiling, turn the heat down and allow to simmer for 20 minutes.
- Remove from the heat and allow to cool.
- Pour the mixture through a sieve to remove the ingredients.
- Once cooled but still warm, stir in the honey until fully mixed.
- Pour into a clean glass bottle and store in the fridge.
About the Ingredients Used in this Flu and Cold Remedy Syrup
- Elderberries – High in vitamins A and C. Boosts the immune system by protecting the cells from flu, creating an inhabitable environment for the virus
- Elderflowers – Strengthens the lining of the nose and throat
- Turmeric – Highly anti-inflammatory. Contains powerful antioxidants
- Cinnamon – Warming and contains strong antioxidants
- Ginger – Warming and antiviral – helps protect against the flu virus
- Honey – Possesses antibacterial properties to help fight off colds
Why Local Honey?
It is said that everything you need grows around you. The food and nutrients we require, the medicine we need. Some believe this is why different plants grow in different areas and are usually associated with a common local illness. For example, lots of nettle grows in Ireland and the UK, where lots of people suffer from hay fever and arthritis. Both of which can be treated with nettle. Another example is aloe vera, which grows in hot countries. We all know how soothing aloe vera gel is for sunburn!
Plants have adapted to the climate around them over millions of years, so we might as well take advantage of their hard work.
So it follows that if the bees feed from the plants in the area, the honey they produce will contain some of those relevant, local medicinal properties. Local honey will therefore be of much better use to you. At the same time, you’ll be supporting local beekeepers (and bees!). Try and get raw honey, but if you only manage to get either local OR raw, you’re still giving yourself a great chance of fighting off those colds!