Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Cold and Flu

 from http://www.onegoodthingbyjillee.com


Honey Lemon Cough Syrup

Lemon juice has citric acid and bioflavonoids that boost immunity and fight infection and is an excellent source of Vitamin C. Honey is a natural immune system booster, loaded with anti-oxidant and anti-bacterial properties, and has been proven to reduce nighttime coughing and improve sleep. (Due to the risk of infant botulism, a rare but serious form of food poisoning, never give honey to a child younger than age 1.)
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice or 3 drops Lemon essential oil
  • 1 Tablespoon honey (use a locally produced raw honey, if possible.)
  • 2 Tablespoon hot water
Mix together and drink.
The hot water soothes and reduces swelling, while breaking up congestion in your throat. The lemons’ acidity will cut through mucus, kill bacteria, and provides an extra shot of Vitamin C. The honey coats your throat and sweetens up all that acid that’s working in the lemon.

Homemade Shower Discs

Place a disc on your shower floor and as the water slowly dissolves it, the essential oil vapors combine with the steam to relieve cold symptoms.
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line a mini-muffin tin with foil liners. Mix the baking soda and water together to form a thick paste. Pour into cupcake tin. Bake at 325 degrees for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool. Top with one drop each of eucalyptus, lavender, and peppermint essential oils.

Thyme Facial Steam Bath

Thyme has long been known as an expectorant, which makes coughs more productive (that is, it helps clear out your lungs faster so you feel better sooner).
  • Toss either a handful of dried thyme or a few drops of Thyme essential oil into a bowl of hot water and lean over the bowl.
  • Cover both your head and the bowl with a towel.
  • Inhale the steam to help loosen mucus in your chest.

Cayenne “Tea” Sore Throat Remedy

Technically not a tea, but it is made with warm water and it’s an effective sore throat remedy. Cayenne pepper aids in breaking up and moving congested mucus. Once mucus begins to leave the body, generally relief from cold and flu symptoms follows.
  • ¼ cup warm Water (warm enough to dissolve the honey)
  • ¼ teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon Honey
  • 1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice or 3 drops Lemon essential oil
Stir together until dissolved. Drink it quickly or gargle with it if you are brave. You may decrease the amount of cayenne for younger children.

Honey and Cinnamon Cold Remedy

Both honey & cinnamon have antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-fungal properties.
  • 1 teaspoon honey (organic raw honey)
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
Take this amount every few hours as soon as you feel a cold or other illness coming on. Spoon it into hot drinks, mix it into your oatmeal, or dip fruit into it. Treat the whole family with this simple yummy remedy at the first sign of a sniffle.

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