Sep26 Hippie Mom: Natural Cold Remedies 2012

Well Friends, with fall fast approaching we begin to prepare for the change in weather, the leaves changing colors, excitement for the holidays, and unfortunately the nasty colds that come along with it and give our little kiddos the sniffles. So we’ve researched some of the natural methods for avoiding and treating the common cold.

First up:
Apple Cider Vinegar has been known to be one of the greatest contributors to health. Research shows it’s benefits internally and holds many qualities including:
Rich in enzymes & potassium
Helps support a healthy immune system
Helps control weight
Promotes digestion & ph Balance
Helps soothe dry throats
Helps remove body sludge toxins (that doesn’t sound good)

What you Need:
¼ teaspoon Cayenne
¼ teaspoon Ginger
1 Tablespoon Cider Vinegar (an organic one, like Bragg’s, is preferred.)
2 Tablespoon Water
1 Tablespoon Honey (use a locally produced raw honey, if possible.)

Dissolve cayenne and ginger in cider vinegar and water. Add honey and shake well. Take 1 Tablespoon as needed for cough.

You can find out more HERE

Tumeric Milk
Tumeric has attracted a lot of attention for it’s healing powers, which has always been recognized as that in places like India. It’s helps with things like skin problems, colds, toothaches and many other ailments. You can read more about it HERE

What you Need:
2 cups fresh whole milk
1/2 – 1 tsp turmeric powder
2-3 whole black peppercorns
2-3 whole cardamom pods, cracked
1/2 inch ginger, roughly chopped
Pinch of saffron, optional
Sweetener like honey

Heat the milk along with the spices for 2-3 minutes. Add the sweetener to taste if using. Let it cool until its warm. Strain and serve.

Elderberry Echinacea Syrup

Elderberry contains many healthful properties (including antioxidants, tannins, vitamins A, B, and C, flavonoids and more), which could help strengthen the immune system. But it’s best known for knocking out the flu right when it starts, so it’s important to take it immediately upon having symptoms, or every day really.  Echinacea has been shown to be helpful with all sorts of ailments, and honey is antibacterial and a natural cold symptom remedy, plus cinnamon and ginger root which are also very helpful in fighting the nasty flu (just cinnamon and honey together are often used as well). Read more in riveting detail, HERE

What you Need:
Water
elderberries
echinacea
ginger root
cinnamon
honey
The BIG MOMA (I named it that)

“Ginger and cayenne are warming to your system, while onion, horseradish and garlic help to kill any bug that is attempting to assault your body. Sage and rosemary dry up any mucus that might be tempted to drip, and your body will benefit from the boost of minerals that apple cider vinegar provides. As scary as it sounds, it’s actually quite tasty, too.” Read more about the recipe and how to combine ingredients HERE

What you need:
1/4 c. ginger root, freshly grated
1/4 c. onion, freshly chopped
1/4 c. fresh rosemary, chopped
1/4 c. fresh sage leaves, chopped
1/4 c. grated horseradish
4 cloves of garlic (you can up it to 6, if you feel adventurous)
2 Tbsp. ground cayenne pepper
organic apple cider vinegar to cover

Sweetness

And if you can’t swallow any of the above, much less get your kiddos to do so, here’s another option.

Koreans make a medicinal “marmalade” with just fresh lemon and honey. “The lemon will cut through mucus (because of the acidity), kill bacteria, and also help numb tender, sore spots. The honey coats your throat and sweetens up all that acid that’s working in the lemon”, plus the other things we just learned about it, we’re such smarties.

Cut up 2 lemons, drop them in a small mason jar and pour honey over them until it filled up about 1/3 of the jar. You can immediately see the juice from the lemon being drawn out by the honey and the two swirling together. If you let it sit in the fridge, over the next couple of months the lemon will darken and the mixture will thicken. The peels and pulp will break down as well and leave behind a golden, lumpy marmalade that you can scoop into a cup and poor piping hot water over.  Easy as Pie!

This post is part of our new hippie mom series which will help the organic mom find tips in how to be as grass-roots, organic, tree hugging, well, hippie mom as possible.