Eco Mum's Daily Immunity Syrup
I make this syrup at the beginning of every winter and we take a dose every morning and night to ward off any nasties. Its easy to make, tastes good and packs a powerful antiviral punch.
1 cup of elderberries (dried is fine)
1 cup of raw, organic or manuka honey
2 cinnamon sticks, crushed
1 star anise
1 tbsp orange, lemon or lime zest
1/3 cup grated organic ginger
2 cups of pure water (non-chlorinated, un-fluoridated if possible, boiled and cooled is fine too)
Simmer all ingredients in a small pan on low for 40 minutes until liquid is well reduced, by almost half. Strain out the solids and compost them.
Stir in the honey whilst the liquid is still warm which will help the honey to melt and form a syrup.
This syrup is a potent anti-viral (thanks to the cinnamon, ginger and elderberries) and is pleasant tasting too!
Use 1 cup of herbal remedy tea with 1 cup of pureed fruit. Mix together in a blender until it becomes slushie. Pour into ice block moulds. Then you can add elderberry syrup or even a few drops of Echinacea Tincture into each mould. Mix together then freeze.
These are great for every day in summer and terrific for kids feeling unwell and who do not want to eat. They prevent dehydration and help give them medicine too!
You can sweeten with honey or rice syrup or apple juice to help with flavor.
You can provide an ice block every 2 hours which is fine especially to help with hydration.
So there you go - three of my best and easiest remedies for the kids that will help carry you through the winter season!
For supplies go to www.herbcottage.com.au or www.mountainroseherbs.com
Lots of love,
10g or 1 part lavender flowers,
10g or 1 part lemon balm
10g or 1 part chamomile
1 tsp per cup for babies
1 tbsp per cup for older children
Steep the herbs whilst covered for 10 minutes. Covering ensures the volatile oils do not escape, which maximises the efficacy of these herbs.
Use for sleep, tummy troubles, colic, bowel trouble, nervousness, anxiety, stress, (even things like ulcerative colitis respond well to these herbs in a stronger infusion). This remedy helps with fever and fussing, teething pain and fever, wind pain, constipation, dehydration and even just emotional children respond well to this tea.
Stronger doses are useful for ADHD and hyperactivity in children.
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Save the antibiotics for serious infections that require hospital admittance and arm yourself with some effective and easy remedies your kids will enjoy.