Cold ‘n Flu Remedies

images-1Following on from “Winter Blues” – what to drink?  I decided to share some cold/flu remedies, they’re not a cure all but will hopefully help ease your symptoms and make you feel a whole lot better.

Some do’s during recovery time:  keep up your fluids to prevent dehydration, help congestion, and we want to keep the throat moist too.

Soups are always good when your feeling miserable, remember the old chicken noodle cure.  Lean towards vegies dark in colour, also orange ones like sweet spuds, pumpkin, carrots (immune boosting beta carotene). Also ground roots eg onions, turnips, swedes.  Not forgetting staples like garlic and leeks.

Garlic has anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and anti-fungal properties.  It contains vitamins like Vit C.

Below I have three drink options for you:-

Cold Tonic Recipe

Blend together the following: a bunch of dark grapes (seeds and all), honey, lemon juice, garlic and a pinch of cayenne pepper (latter clears the nasal passages).

Dark grapes contain Resveratrol,  an anti-inflammatory,  a powerful bactericide and fungicide.

Warm Apple Cider Jug

1 litre of  apple cider, 1 litre of water,  ½ litre orange juice , ¼ litre lemon juice,  2 teaspoons whole cloves, 3 cinnamon sticks, 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg.   Add these ingredients together and heat up.  Always nice to top up with a slice or two of orange or lemon.

Honey is optional – please remember NO honey for BABIES under 12 months (fear of botulism)


Turmeric and ginger tea with soy milk and honey (don’t use ginger if you suffer with Gastrointestinal ulcers or have a high fever from a skin complaint).

Clearing Bath

Now that you’ve fed yourself, hydrated yourself, why not add a little TLC with a warm bath to clear away your woes.  Prior to running it boil 2 cups of water, then add 2 tablespoons (tbs) dried eucalyptus, 4 tbs dried rosemary, 4 tbs dried lavender buds and 2 tbs dried rosebuds (latter optional).  Steep the dried leaves in the water for 30 mins, strain, and add to your warm bath.

I hope these ideas help with your recovery, that you feel better quicker and that you find yourself back on your feet ready to enjoy the days ahead.


Please visit your health professional if symptoms persist

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