Cold and Flu season helpers.
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.
ELDERBERRY SYRUP for ALL ROUND IMMUNE SUPPORT
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:
For older children and grown ups:
And the sugar free version made with sorbitol:
THIS is another with extra Vit C and Zinc too which is a key immune support:
And these are all that in a fizzy tablet you out in water and make a delicious fizzy drink with:
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.
Administer 1 tbsp per child over 2 per day, Approx 1 tsp for under 2s, and not for the under 1’s because of honey included. If ill, take 3/4 times a day.
SEE ALSO ROSEHIP SYRUP made from the hedgerows: http://lizzieloveshealthy.com/rosehip-syrup/
If you’ve succumbed to the dreaded flu, feeling snotty, achey and rubbish, this lovely Eucalyptus Bath is really effective, and a really luxurious way to treat yourself if you’re not feeling fab:
You can make your own too by adding these to a hot bath and lying back to soak for 30 minutes:
COLD REMEDY BATH SALTS
2 cups Epsom Bath Salts
Lucy Bee Epsom Salts 1 kg
5 drops Eucalyptus Oil
Tisserand Eucalyptus Organic Essential Oil 9 ml
1 tsp Bicarbonate of Soda
Swirl into your hot bath and lie back taking deep breaths.
My favourite thing to add to anything that is really potent, tastes delicious and full of enzymes and anti viral that are active and effective.
My absolute favourite is from NZ, a family run business with the best honey on the market:
If you don’t want to splurge, there are other Manuka’s around:
HONEY THROAT SPRAY:
Best way out of a painful throat without resorting to drowsy making cough medicine:
DECONGESTANTS – night time diffusing of oils can work miracles:
Once you’re in deep and you want to save your kids from a sleepless night, ease the runny noses and coughs that can be particularly brutal at night time, I’ve found the most effective thing is to plug a vaporiser into their room and add some oils that will do the job for you and hopefully get you a night’s sleep too:
If you don’t have a diffuser (I use mine all over the house with different oils to make the house small amazing and me feel brighter, so its not just for illness!)
Snuffle Babe has been road tested on tinies as well and works wonders:
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:
For immune boosting, don’t think you just have to gobble greens – although that is clearly helpful there are plenty of other goodies:
Garlicky goodness and herbs this is such a good one
RAW CHOCOLATE AND ORANGE BROWNIES
Don’t think treats are out. Cocoa is a dense giver of great antioxidants and goodness. And along with Vitamin C from the fresh orange this is a decadent velvety brownie with a kick.
IMMUNE BOOSTING PESTO
Super easy whizz up that is extra potent as its all raw. Anti bacterial and antiviral this is gold. And it goes wth pasta WIN WIN!
SWEET POTATO , SPINACH & RED ONION BHAJIS
With tons of Vitamin C from the dark green leafy spinach and beta carotene galore from the gorgeous sweet potatoes, these crispy beauties are an all time favourite:
SWEET GREEN SMOOTHIE
Super simple and an easy way to add in lots of fruit and veg to anyone’s day