Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Cough Syrup & Soothing Tea
I remember when my daughter was younger and I would dose her up with a toddler's cough syrup just like when I was a kid. The bright orange stuff. Yes, it would temporarily help with the symptoms (it would knock her right out) but it wouldn't make the cold disappear.
Jump to the year 2011 and now that I know better, I am trying to find ways to soothe our family naturally when they are feverish, coughing and runny all over. Honey, lemon and ginger are great natural healers that have been used for hundreds of years. Honey has natural anti-bacterial properties and ginger is known to help with healing respiratory issues. Lemon is full of vitamin C and is also natural antiseptic. All good things when you are sick but also good preventative measures.
This really isn't a recipe but it is a way to keep some handy goodness in the fridge for when you need it right away. This little concoction is known to help both the wee ones and the big ones in the family. I like how it can be used by the teaspoon and they can feel like mommy is doing something to help them immediately. I also like how it is readily available to mix a couple tablespoons full into a cup or mug of warm water to make a soothing drink. The idea is that it is handy to have ready and waiting.
Take this by the spoonful as a cough syrup or add to some warm water for tea. If your family is adverse to ginger, just use the honey and lemon mixture to start and add just a little ginger at a time. This keeps in the fridge for at least 2 weeks.
1/2 cup unpasteurized organic honey, warmed if soilidified
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice (approximately 4 large lemons)
2" piece of ginger, peeled and grated with microplane grater
*optional: fresh herbs such as sage, thyme, and lemon balm