When my son was born premature we knew that meant his immune system was premature also. His first 3 years consisted of multiple visits to the doctor and alot of antibiotics for ear and respiratory infections. Eventually I decided I wanted to treat the cause vs the symptoms. I began researching ways to boost his immune system and to help if he did get sick without the harshness of certain medicines. I started making my own natural cough syrup, natural vapor rub, and elderberry syrup. They both worked wonders for him. Here are the recipes I use.
Disclaimer: I am not a doctor or healthcare practitioner. These recipes are what I have used for my family. Please consult your doctor first to find out if these are appropriate for you and your children.
Elderberries naturally contain A, B, and C and stimulate the immune system to help in fighting cold and flu. There are several excellent syrups available at many stores but usually go for about 15$ for a small bottle. The recipe I use makes a quart or if you have a large family you can double it like I do
½ tsp to 1 tsp for kids and ½ Tbsp to 1 Tbsp for adults. Take 5 days during the week and skip the weekend to help boost immunity.
If you do get a cold or the flu, take the normal dose every 2-3 hours instead of once a day until symptoms disappear.
- 2/3 cup dried black elderberries ( I use the Frontier Organic brand on Amazon)
- 3 1/2 cups of purified water
- 2 Tablespoons organic fresh or dried ginger root
- 1 teaspoon organic cinnamon powder
- 1/2 teaspoon cloves
- 1 cup raw honey
How to make
- Pour water into medium saucepan and add elderberries, ginger, cinnamon and cloves
- Bring to a boil and then cover and reduce to a simmer. This usually takes about 45 minutes to an hour until the liquid has reduced by almost half. At that point, remove from heat and let cool to the point it can be handled safely. Mush the berries carefully using a spoon or other flat utensil. Pour through a strainer into a glass jar or bowl.
- Discard the elderberries and let the liquid cool. When it is no longer hot, add the honey and stir well.
- Pour the syrup into a quart sized mason jar or 16 ounce glass bottle of some kind.
- Store in the fridge and take daily for its immune boosting properties.
Homemade cough Syrup
Honey has long been shown to help sooth a nasty cough. The recipe for homemade cough syrup has helped my kiddos thru many coughs
Stir the cough syrup and give by the spoonful
3/4 cup Raw Honey ( we get ours here at a local farmers market. Its always best to get honey that was produced nearest to you)
1/4 extra virgin olive oil
2-4 tablespoons organic lemon juice or you can substitute raw apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup fresh grated ginger ( natural decongestant and soothes the belly also has anti inflammatory and antihistamine benefits)
- Place 1/2 cup grated ginger in a clean container. Cover with 3/4 cup honey and allow to infuse for at least 8 hours.
- After 8 hrs add the olive oil and lemon juice.
- Strain the syrup, pour it in a clean jar and place in the fridge. It should be good for 4-6 weeks
Natural Vapor Rub
Disclaimer: This does use essential oils. Many oils including peppermint are not considered safe for babies or small children. Always check with a doctor or healthcare provider first before using herbs or essential oils on small children.
Ingredients For ADULT or child over 10
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 2 level tablespoons of beeswax ( if u want to omit beeswax substitute shea butter for the coconut oil or you will have a greasy feel to the rub)
- 20 drops of eucalyptus oil
- 20 drops peppermint oil
- 10 drops rosemary oil
Ingredients for CHILDREN 2-10
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 2 level tablespoons of beeswax ( if you want to omit beeswax substitute shea butter for coconut oil or rub will have greasy feel)
- 1 drop frankincense ( can do 2 for kiddos 4-9)
- 1 drop fir essential oil ( do do 2 for kiddos 4-9)
- 2 drops lavender
- 2 drops sweet orange or lemon
Melt beeswax and coconut oil together until just melted add essential oils. Pour into glass jar or tin with tight fitting lid and let cool to hardening. Use as needed by applying a thin layer.
If using shea butter melt shea butter and add essential oils. Pour in glass jar or tin container with a tight fitting lid and store in a cool place.
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