Are there children in your home, or colleagues at your office coughing, wheezing, sniffling and sneezing? Or maybe it is you?
It seems like everywhere I turn someone is sick. Whether it is because a son or daughter is home from school, or a client is unable to make an appointment, the same question keeps coming in ~ Laura, what can I do?
Despite the most beautiful winter anywhere on earth, we still get sick, and when that happens this is what I do, and what I recommend for you ~
Honey Cough Syrup
Put three to four spoons of honey into a small bowl and set that in a larger bowl filled with hot water. As the honey softens, remove the bowl from the water. Add 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon of ground clove, a shake of ground ginger and a shake of cayenne powder. Squeeze in about a tablespoon of lemon juice and stir well. Store in an airtight container. Take half a spoonful every hour, or to coat your throat whenever it feels dry, itchy, or sore. You can also stir it into very warm water with the juice of the rest of that lemon to make a tea, which is especially good for coughs or heavy mucus.
This is delicious, natural, botanical medicine that your children, colleagues, clients will love. It’s also more proof that Nature is the perfect Mother: healing, comforting, loving in so many delightful ways.
Please note that the CDC warns that honey should not be fed to infants for risks of botulism. Honey also should not be heated or cooked. It “denatures” above 100 degrees. This from Wikipedia: “Excessive heat can have detrimental effects on the nutritional value of honey. Heating up to 37 °C (99 °F) causes loss of nearly 200 components, some of which are antibacterial. Heating up to 40 °C (104 °F) destroys invertase, an important enzyme. At 50 °C (122 °F), the honey sugars caramelize. Generally, any large temperature fluctuation causes decay.”
May you be well ~ Namaste!