SNOT, COUGHS, or just feeling rubbish?
We all need a way out in the winter months – I’m always a fan of eating your vitamins, but sometimes you need a little extra help, and these have been my saviours over the years. I brandish them at the first sign of anything, and touch wood, we haven’t had regular snottiness, loads of colds YET! Here’s to nature’s herb cabinet and unleashing it on the kids:
Beat those winter bugs and keep immune systems charged and ready to fight off flus and colds with these major immune kickers.
Either buy ’em, make them or both! I mix it up and have all of these on the go at some point.
Super high in antioxidants the elderberry has been a long standing staple in herbal remedies.
I have had this bottle of grape coloured nectar in my cupboard at all times and in the winter it gets regular use:
And the sugar free version made with sorbitol:
THIS is another with extra Vit C and Zinc too which is a key immune support:
I love this brand, and this is a variation on the theme with added manuka honey, ginger and liquorice root, all aimed at maxing the immune boost. From Age 2 yrs and up:
MY ELDERBERRY RECIPE
A simple simmering wintry, festive flavoured tonic that my three can’t get enough of. It’s simple to make, using easily found cupboard staples and it’s cheaper as well.
All the greatness of elderberries with every other antiviral, vitamin C booster added to the pot.
- 3 Cups Boiling Water
- Elderberry & Echinacea Tea bag
Pukka Herbs Elderberry & Echinacea with Elderflower 20 per pack
(or similar) You can use fresh elderberries here about 1 cup
- 1 inch ginger finely sliced
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 pinch ground cloves
- 1/2 orange zest and juice
- 1/2 lemon juiced
- 1/4 cup raw honey
Add water, tea bag, ginger, cinnamon, cloves and peeled zest of i/2 an orange to a small saucepan. On a low heat, simmer gently for 20-30 minutes until roughly half volume.
Leave to cool slightly, when warm stir through honey and lemon and orange juices.
Place in a glass jar or bottle and store in fridge for up to 3 months.
HONEY THROAT SPRAY:
Best way out of a painful throat without resorting to drowsy making cough medicine:
Once you’re in deep and you want to save your kids forma sleepless night this Albas Oil is lovely and works a treat:
EVERY DAY STAPLES:
I always bang on about these but the two things that your kids (and you!) need to be topped up on to keep immune systems at full strength, and that I supplement every day (almost, I aim for every day any way!…)
VITAMIN D – Immune defence boost, really key to have a daily dose of this as you can’t get enough from your diet or the sun in the winter months.
Minty Spray that my kids love:
And the adult version that I take every day:
MULTI VIT + PROBIOTIC – First line of defence in the gut needs a top up
It looks pricey, but it lasts for 3 months, and is worth every penny: