Yes it is that time of the year again, in the Northern hemisphere, when scratchy throats, runny noses and just an all “round bunged up” feeling is the order of the day. But instead of rushing off to get over-the-counter medications (which are full of chemicals), you can turn to more natural remedies.
Here is one such remedy whatever your age...
Homemade honey and lemon throat lozenges
This is a special recipe you can make yourself with honey and lemon to suck (for that sore throat) as often as you like.
You will need
- 4 oz sugar (look for the non refined version if possible)
- 3 oz of honey (preferably raw honey)
- 2 tablespoons of water (pure filtered and minus the fluoride)
- Zest of 1 organic lemon
And here is what you do
1. Combine the sugar, honey and water in a very small saucepan. Mix together and place over high heat until boiling, taking care to stir all the time.
2. Cover for 4 minutes.
3. Remove the cover and place a candy thermometer inside. When mixture reaches 295 degrees, remove from heat and let cool for 5 minutes - your mixture should thicken.
4. Mix in the lemon zest.
4. Then, using a 1/2 teaspoon measure, drop onto parchment paper, baking paper or a silicone mat lined baking sheet. Leave space between each dollop because they will spread.
5. Work with speed because the mixture can thicken quickly.
6. After leaving to cool for 1/2 an hour. Store in an air-tight container. Separate layers using parchment paper. These lozenges will last for about a week at room temperature or much longer if you refrigerate.
Safe to suck as often as you or your family feel the need.
Boost your immune system
A strong immune system is at the heart of our very well-being – we can fight off most diseases and conditions that come our way. But if our immune system is weakened for whatever reason, we become very vulnerable. Holistic medicine recognizes that illness is not caused by viruses and bacteria but by weakened immune systems.
Here are just two ways to strengthen your immune system
• We have already used lemon in the recipe above but lemon is a great way to start to strengthen that system. Add lemon juice to a glass of water or your cup of tea daily to help maintain your body’s internal “climate” at a pH that supports healthy bacteria instead of the viruses and harmful bacteria which thrive in more acidic environments.
• The foods that boost immunity contain Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Carotenoids, Bioflavenoids, Zinc, Selenium and Omega-fatty acids. Spirulina is good as a naturally digestible food because it supplies so many of the nutrients you need.
You can find out all about the other ways to boost your immune system to avoid coughs, colds and flu in our earlier post here