Monday, January 7, 2013

Cough and Cold Season

I hope you all had a lovely winter holiday season!  This was our first Christmas in two years that no one was sick with a cold or croup and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves!

This time of year, the questions and emails start to trickle in about how to treat the flu, coughs, and colds with natural remedies.  I thought I would link to some previous posts I have done regarding this subject.

One of my new favorite prevention brews is one I learned about this year from herbalist and physician Aviva Romm.  It's called garlic lemonade.  This might sound odd, but it's really quite yummy and my 3 year old loves it.  To make, simply take 2 chopped cloves of garlic and add them to a quart sized jar.  Fill the jar with boiling water and let sit for 30 minutes.  Add the juice of one lemon and raw honey to taste.  Enjoy!  (Be sure not to give to children under the age of 2 due to the raw honey).  This drink is great for kids and adults (I have my mug of it sitting next to me right now).  I like it both hot and cold, but I think I like it best hot.  You can find her recipe in here in Naturally Healthy Babies and Children, along with many other fabulous recipes and advice for treating sick children naturally.  It's one of my go-to books for my toddler.

Here are some links to previous posts with some natural remedies.

This is used in the sore throat gargle and  works quite well!
Fennel Cough Syrup

Elderberry Syrup

Preparing for Cold and Flu Season

Sore Throat Gargle

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  1. Hey, Jessica! Isn't it OK to give this to little ones since boiling water would take care of the honey issue? Maybe it's not hot enough long enough? Thanks!

  2. Adrienne, Thanks for your question! I don't recommend giving raw honey to anyone under the age of two - that is what most recommend and I just stick to that. It would be difficult to determine if the water was hot enough for long enough, so I tend to stay on the safe side, and just avoid giving it to those under 2.