There's a lot of gunk going around this time of year.
I am not a doctor, really the furthest thing from it, except for playing Dr. Mom when it comes to scrapes and bruises, coughs and colds. And in my role as Dr. Mom, I've learned a few things:
*a nice warm cup of (decaf, please, for your sake and your kids!) herbal tea can work wonders for a cold or cough
*food has many healing and medicinal properties
*loads of love and hugs can go a long to way making anyone feel better
So I've been toying around with a nice warm homemade tea or elixir to help soothe my family's symptoms. I started with the classic hot water with lemon and honey, and then added a few spices and such to power up my elixir.
Mom's Elixir (Homemade Cold and Flu Relief)
2 cups boiling water
juice of 1/2 lemon (vitamin C, mild antibiotic properties)
juice of 1/4 orange (vitamin C)
a heaping tablespoon honey (anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and a natural cough suppressant)
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon (anti-microbial)
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger (anti-inflammatory, clears sinuses, helps soothe tummies)
1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric (antioxidant and anti-inflammatory and so much more)
1/8 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper (OPTIONAL--but can help clear congestion)
Boil water. Add the remaining ingredients:
Stir well. Sip and enjoy. You may want or need to stir again to mix up the spices.
Makes 2 cups of elixir.
Life is sweet,