Sweet cheeks told me yesterday that two kids had to go home because they were sick. Friday, a girl left school with the stomach flu, and over the weekend, my stud husband came down with a cold, but luckily no one else in the family is sick…yet. It’s that time of year already?! We like to use thieves oil (rub a little on your feet) at the first sign of illness. I also make sure we drink kefir to maintain a healthy gut. I have definitely noticed that we are not sick as often now that we view food as medicine, and if we do get sick, we recover pretty darn quickly! Detoxing your body is also important during the flu season. Try a Detox Lavender Bath. This bath is so relaxing. Drink a glass of hot chamomile tea with freshly grated ginger and a splash of lemon for some added detoxification.
Other spices and food that are great for fighting off colds and flu are raw honey, ginger, elderberry, lemon, and cinnamon. I found a great elderberry syrup recipe from Real Food RN. Elderberry syrup is great for fighting off the flu. Why?
Health Benefits of Elderberry:
- High in vitamin A
- Very high in vitamin C
- High in quercitin (an antioxidant)
- Possess antiviral properties that have been shown to treat colds and flu
Health Benefits of Cinnamon
- Rich in fiber, calcium, iron and manganese
- Stabilizes blood sugar levels
- Stabilizes the hormonal system (good for women)
- Lowers levels of bad cholesterol
Health Benefits of Ginger
- Helps prevent or treat nausea
- Helps aid in digestion
- Used to treat common cold and flu-like symptoms
Health Benefits of Raw Honey (If you don’t want to order online, Kowalski’s Market sells raw honey now!)
- Antibacterial properties
- Anti-viral and anti-fungal
- Contains B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, C, magnesium, potassium, calcium, sodium chlorine, sulphur, and phosphate
- DO NOT give to infants under 1
Check out the recipe!