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Since I have followed a healthy eating and living lifestyle, I can’t really remember being sick which is great. Eating healthy certainly helps with keeping your immune system strong, but there are ways to use food as medicine to help boost your immune system.
Home remedies you can make yourself
Panadol might help initially to relive symptoms, but it can just mask the cause – try and sweat it out by helping your immune system fight the bugs.
When you start feeling a little under the weather’’ or, just have the start of a sniffle, make a ‘flu brew’ and knock it into next week!
• The juice of 1 lemon
• Chopped Ginger Root – about 1 TBSP worth or ½ tsp of ginger powder
• Garlic – 2 cloves – I use the purple Australian Garlic as the white garlic from China has been bleached and had all sorts of chemicals added to it. Yuk!
• A decent pinch of Chilli powder – but adjust to your own taste
• 500 mls of filtered water
How to do it
Add all of the ingredients into a pot and bring to a simmer – let it simmer for about 20 minutes before you let cool and strain through a sieve.
You can add some raw honey to taste, but don’t heat it as this destroys the enzymes in the honey.
This helps to boost your immune system and fight off colds.
In a Thermomix
Add peeled lemon zest and blitz on speed 9 for 10 seconds
Add Ginger and garlic and blitz speed 6 for 3-4 seconds
Add the rest of the ingredients except honey and heat for 5 minutes on 80 degrees,
Then strain and add honey.
Here is another recipe for a no-fail cold and flu buster below.
It’s not for the fainthearted, but it sure works!
• 1 32 oz. bottle Organic Apple Cider Vinegar – I use Braggs brand with the ‘Mother’
• 1/4 cup chopped Garlic
• 1/4 cup Onions
• 1 Jalapeño pepper (or hottest peppers you can find)
• 1/4 cup grated Ginger
• 2 Tablespoons of grated Horseradish
• 2 Tablespoons of Turmeric or 2 Turmeric root chunks
1. Blend ingredients together for a couple of minutes use whatever appliance you have, but if you have a Thermomix – Speed 6 for 6 seconds will do it.
3. Pour liquid back in bottle
4. Compost everything else!
~ You can store the tonic in a cupboard for long periods of time. No need to keep in the refrigerator.
~ You can also use it mixed with olive oil for a salad dressing.
~ It is a good idea to wear gloves especially when handling the peppers – Do I need to explain more about why?
How to take
~ For sore throat, gargle a bit in the mouth and swallow.
~ For an illness, such as a cold or flu, take about 2 droppers full or a Tablespoon every couple of hours.
~ For daily immune support drink 2 droppers full/ 1 Tablespoon every day.
**Eat an orange, lemon, or lime slice after to ease the heat.
For coughs make an ‘Onion & Honey Cough Syrup’
Good quality honey
Chop the onion and place in a glass jar. Cover the onion completely with the honey, close the jar and then place in the fridge. The next day open the jar, and as you tilt the jar to the side you will notice clear liquid coming off the mixture – this is your cough syrup – take 1 tablespoon whenever you feel you have a tickly cough.
Perfect partner for this cough syrup is a combination of liquorice and thyme herbal teas, both are fantastic working to support the lungs.
For sore throats try one of these ‘Gargles’
1. Salt: 1 tablespoon of salt in 240ml of warm water.
2. Apple cider vinegar: Place 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar in 1/2 glass of water and gargle. Apple cider vinegar is anti-bacterial.
3. Sage tea: 1 teaspoon of dried sage, with 1 cup of hot water. Allow to cool and gargle. The sage acts as an astringent tightening the mucus membranes.
What to do
Place into mouth and gargle – spitting the liquid out after several minutes of gargling. Repeat several times.
Call a Naturopath
If you are having frequent colds or sickness, not recovering well and feeling as if you are always on the verge of getting sick again – your immune system needs help and it’s time to consult a naturopath. They will help identify what is making you sick and what factors will help keep you well – as well as recommending indivdualised treatment plans that include diet and lifestyle changes, herbal medicines and nutritional supplementation.