Cold Season Kitchen Remedies

 

‘Tis the season for colds and flus, but don’t get sucked into big pharma’s latest release!  Instead, take a walk on the crunchy side and sample some of these time tested kitchen remedies.

In the days before pharmaceutical companies many of our grandparents trusted handed down homemade recipes.  Whether you have a cough, sore throat, runny or stuffing nose, aches and pains here are some kitchen remedies to help you through your pain.

 

 A.C.V. Cold and Flu Tonic

10-12 Garlic Cloves
1 1/2 to 2 Cups of Filtered Water
1/4 Cup of Organic Raw Apple Cider Vinegar                                                          
Juice of 1 Lemmon
1/4 Cup of Raw Honey

Peel and mash garlic. Simmer garlic in water for 10 minutes. Strain liquid and stir in the remaining ingredients.  Add more honey to taste.  Use less or more water depending on how strong you like. Drink 2-3 times daily as needed.  This will store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.  Gently reheat on stove top. You could also add some cayenne pepper to ease a stuffy nose.

Aches and Pains Soothing Bath Salts

2 cups Epsom salts
1 cup Baking Soda
10 drops peppermint essential oil
5 drops eucalyptus essential oil
5 drops rosemary essential oil
5 drops lavender essential oil

Mix together Epsom salts and baking soda in a large bowl. Add essential oils and stir well to distribute evenly through salts.  Transfer into mason jars. Use 1 cup of bath salts per bath and soak for at least 15 minutes.  You may also use  10-20 drops of your own favorite essential oils combination. The combinations are limitless!

Herbal Throat Healer

1 Cup Filtered Boiling Water
1 Teaspoon dry or 1Tablespoon fresh Thyme
1 Teaspoon dry or 1Tablespoon fresh Sage
1-2 Ginger slices
Raw Honey to taste

Put herbs and ginger in a cup or tea pot. Add fresh boiling water and cover.  Leave to steep 3 to 5 minutes. Add more herbs for a stronger flavor. Steeping too long will make the tea bitter. Add Honey to taste and a lemon slice if desired.

Photo Credit: “Mortar And Pestle With Herbs ” by lemonade freedigitalphotos.net

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