Flu season is upon us, and I can confidently tell you I have never had a flu shot nor do I ever plan to get one. I will spare you all of the reasoning and just say; my grandparents didn’t get a flu shot and I don’t remember them getting the flu either. More importantly, I can report to you that I have never experienced the flu. You know those old ‘wise tales’ people tell you about things to help you get over a cold and so on? Well, they came from somewhere and obviously because they work!
Elderberry is known to knock out the flu after it has already entered your body. The great part about elderberry is that it is all-natural and it will not hurt you if you take it before you are ‘really’ sick like over the counter drugs. At the slightest bit of ache or sneeze, this tea is made every hour and I’m telling you first-hand that it works! The tea hating hubs will actually make it on his own when I’m not there, because he knows it works!
Ok, ok. I’m guessing the reason you found this is because you have a cold or the flu and you are looking for a natural remedy.
Here it is:
- 1 Tea Bag of Chamomile Tea
- 1 Tablespoon of Local honey
- 1 Cinnamon Stick (or if you don’t have any sticks, 1/2 teaspoon of ground)
- 40 drops of Elderberry Extract
- Juice from half a lemon
- Boil the water and allow the teabag to steep with cinnamon stick for about 2 minutes.
- Add the honey and stir it in until it is completely dissolved
- Add the elderberry and lemon juice
- Drink as hot as possible!
Are you having some aches that you would usually reach the pill bottle to cure? Just add about ½ teaspoon of ground turmeric to your tea.
As you are drinking your little concoction of health, let me tell you a few other things that you were told that are actually true!
Chicken broth or as some call it back home, Jewish Penicillin has some amazing healing powers for the cold bearers. Be aware, homemade is the best way to go. I know, crazy right? Homemade chicken noodle soup is the best for a cold? Yes! Homemade means many more nutrients, a lot less sodium and none of those wicked nasty preservatives! Will store-bought work? Sure. Just not nearly as well which is why so many people think it’s a myth.
Have a pesky little cough and don’t want to take any medicine? Or even if you have a dry throat for instance when a girl moves out from humid New England to the dry and dusty Midwest! Take a spoonful of honey and eat it. It coats the throat and gives a nice soothing feeling to calm the cough.
There are a few methods: straight honey, honey and lemon warmed up, honey and lemon in warm water and of course honey and lemon tea.
So, if you are ever feeling a cold coming on or even the flu, don’t hesitate to use a few of these methods even if you are not quite sure if you are sick, because unlike over-the-counter medication, these natural remedies won’t have a negative effect on you if you aren’t sick!