Recently, I have been looking more and more at natural remedies, natural cleaning and essential oils. I think it might be a natural progression for those of us who start to really care about what food we are putting into our bodies to also then look at what products we are using on those bodies, around the house and on the rest of the family.
Just as naturally I had to create a Pinterest board devoted to it (as you do). I am so excited to see all the natural remedies and also preventative measures that are out there and available for free. You can also find something to suit your families specific, for example, if your family has allergies.
To often we head to the doctor at the first sign of a cough or cold in our little ones. We have forgotten that a cold or the flu just needs to run its course and its a sure sign our bodies are tired and need more rest. Lets face it, often all the doctor says is “get plenty of rest, and drink lots of fluids”, others are too quick to proscribe antibiotics. We all know that antibiotics are being prescribed at alarming rates. Now I’m NOT advocating not going to your doctor if you are unwell, but there are some things that your body can fight off itself with the aide of good nutrition.
I haven’t had the need for antibiotics in the last 18 months (funnily enough about the same time I have been eating a nutritionally balanced diet). Thats not to say that I haven’t suffered from a cold or a small throat infection in that time, but I looked after myself on the odd occasion I did by eating super well and drinking lots of honey and lemon drinks. I do have to say that since eating paleo, I rarely get colds, flu’s or the bugs that come home from school. My system is able to fight them off early with its own antibodies it can produce because it is supported by me.
That said we still do get coughs in the house, or the occasional bug. Especially for the two school aged kids I have. My daughter has just picked up a cough recently and I thought it a great opportunity to put one of these remedies to the test. My kids don’t react well with pharmacy bought cough syrups, and its not that they never liked the super sweet taste (hate to think what makes them so sweet). Most of these conventional syrup’s though, only act to suppress and relieve the cough and not to actually get rid of it like many of us believe. I wanted to speed up the course of the cough, to eliminate it from the body (while relieving it), rather than suppress it. So I made up a batch of this Natural Cough Syrup.
Natural Cough Syrup
1/4 cup natural honey
2 tbs organic coconut oil
Juice of one small lemon
- Place all the ingredients in a small saucepan.
- Heat on medium and stir to combine.
- Simmer for approximately 5 mins.
- Store in a clean, sterilised jar in the pantry or the fridge.
- You can give a child 1 teaspoon 2-3 times a day, or an adult 1 tablespoon.
It works I believe to coat the dry throat, to prevent that itchy feeling, that leads to the cough. Honey has natural antiseptic and antibacterial properties. Lemons are rich in vitamin C and flavonoids which work against infections (like the common cold and flu), and they also boast antibacterial properties. Coconut oil supports the bodies immunity with its healthy fats containing antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral properties. The three combined together are a force to be reckoned with.
Since I was little my mum was always telling me to drink a hot honey and lemon drink, its like one of those old wives tales that gets passed down. It worked back then, why wouldn’t it work now just as well. If you also have a fussy little one, this syrups sweet and sour mix should be very well received. My daughter in fact, asked for more the first time she tried it.
You could also administer is as a preventative in the cold and flu season, as it helps to boost and support the immune system. Then, if a cold or flu bug does enter your home, their little bodies will be that much stronger and be able to fight it off that much sooner, and hopefully without a trip to the doctors.