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Monday, March 28, 2016

Fighting Colds Naturally

Cough Syrup for Toddlers

Last week, I shared the recipe I use to create my own honey, lemon and ginger "cough syrup" for toddlers/family.  It's an all natural remedy that has ingredients that are not only tasty together but are incredibly powerful against helping to fight colds and sore throats.  Let's take a look at each ingredient and the work it does to help you and your little ones feel better.

(Raw) Honey

It's essential that the honey you use is raw, organic (optional) and unpasteurized to obtain the most benefits.
  • Contains antioxidant, antibacterial, and antimicrobial properties to fight against viruses, bacteria, and fungus.
  • Improves digestive system.
  • The thick texture of honey coats sore/scratchy throats; soothing and relieving irritation.
  • Provides a boost to the immune system to help fight off cold symptoms.
  • Helps to prevents future colds and other viruses.

Lemon

  • Decreases the strength of the cold virus.
  • Reduces phlegm.
  • Loaded with Vitamin C to help support the body's natural defenses.

Ginger

  • Naturally antiviral to fight against bacteria.
  • Stimulates perspiration to cleanse the system and regulate body temperature.
  • Contains antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties to boost the immune system.
  • Acts as an antihistamine and decongestant to relieve cold symptoms.
  • Natural pain reliever, fever reducer and mild sedative.


As you can see, each ingredient alone has a lot to offer.  When you put all of the benefits of those ingredients together you give your body multiple defenses to fight against the aches, pains and irritation of a cold and/or sore throat.  So give this cough syrup for toddlers a try (so long as they're above age one), and let me know what your children, and your family as a whole, think!

Be intentional,


Photo by Jill Chen
Sources - Honey for Colds, Cold & Flu Home RemediesGinger for Colds

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9 comments

  1. I love the natural idea...I'm trying to get away from all the chemicals. Saving this for a future cold...it's bound to happen!

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    1. Same here, Heather! I wasn't as conscious about natural remedies until I had a child and realized the only way to really treat colds/sickness/etc. was if I used something natural. Going this route has done not only her, but my family wonders! I hope it helps you too!

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  2. YES! I got food poisoning last week, and even though it's obviously different from a cold, hot water with fresh lemon squeezed into it was the ONLY thing that kept me going during those terrible two days. It's so soothing!

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    1. Whoo, I'm glad you're feeling better Brooke! Food poisoning is the worst. It's amazing how we can treat ourselves naturally, if we'd just take the time to figure out what ingredients to put together to deal with our ailments. Natural remedies are definitely my go-to before I try anything medicated!

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  3. I always go to these three ingredients when I'm sick, but I never knew WHY. I love this post and look forward to teaching my husband about it : )

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  4. I was actually a little sick yesterday and all it took was ginger and cinnamon tea!
    I love home remedies!!!

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  5. This would be good for me if I got sick like that, but I don't. Any time I feel a cold coming on I just take some Nyquil/Dayquil to stop it from coming before it even tries to build itself up, but that's very few and far in between. It would be great if it had a longer shelf life, but I'll definitely keep it in my storage box for later use.

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  6. I love posts like this that teach me something new! AND I love honey, lemon, and ginger during cold season. Thanks for sharing!

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  7. I have been fighting a seasonal cold and these are such great tips!

    ​xx katie // a touch of teal

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