Tamara Mannelly

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It is the time of year for runny noses, coughs, fevers and chills.  How do you protect yourself from the cold and flu viruses that you are bound to come across this winter?

I like to try to keep my immune system strong in the first place by eating a clean, real food diet, getting plenty of sleep, keeping my vitamin D levels up, taking cod liver oil, drinking homemade elderberry syrup and eating fermented foods several times a day.  I also like to use immune boosting essential oils, especially during the winter. 

I do, however, add some other things to our winter arsenal.
Here are 3 of my favorites that you can easily make at home and have on hand. (These recipes can be adapted to fill any size jar.  I note what size jar I used, so you can adjust amounts accordingly).

Cinnamon-Coconut Oil-Honey Elixir:

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This winter, I keep reading about the benefits of cinnamon, raw honey and coconut oil for the immune system. Cinnamon is said to relieve congestion, stimulate circulation, be anti-inflammatory and is also a anti-microbial agent that kills bacteria.

Coconut oil has myriad benefits.  It and raw honey (honey that has not been pasteurized) has powerful anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties and can strengthen the immune system.

I thought, why not mix these goodies all together and have it on hand this winter!  We take spoonfuls of this almost every day.  This is a super simple recipe and tastes delicious…almost like a cookie!

Ingredients and Method (8 ounce jar):
  • Mix equal parts coconut oil and raw honey together.  (I used my Kitchenaid mixer, but you could do this by hand.  Just be sure your coconut oil is slightly warm so it will mix well).
  • Add cinnamon.  I added 1 tbsp cinnamon to an 8 oz. jar. (*update: you can add more or less cinnamon depending on your taste preferences)
  • Please note, if this melts, the coconut oil and honey will separate.  No big deal…just give it a stir!

Natural Cold and Flu Remedies Round Up - www.ohlardy.comHoney-Lemon-Ginger ‘Tea':

I saw a similar recipe (honey/lemon ‘tea) earlier this year on Pinterest.  Soon after my daughter had a sore throat, so I thought why not make my own batch!

This is deliciously soothing as a tea with hot water.  My daughter sometimes has it with her breakfast.

In addition to the benefits of raw honey mentioned above, raw honey is also very soothing for the throat and if the honey is local can be helpful for seasonal allergies.

Ginger is very helpful for stomach upset as well as boosts the immune system and protects against bacteria and virus.

Lemons are high in vitamin C and phytonutrients and are anti-bacterial.

Ingredients and Method (16 ounce jar)
  • Fill a jar with sliced organic lemons.
  • Add approximately 2-4 tbsp chopped fresh ginger.
  • Fill the jar with raw honey.
  • Store in refrigerator.
  • Scoop 1-3 tbsp into hot water and drink like a tea.

Natural Cold and Flu Remedies Round Up - www.ohlardy.com“Vapo-Rub”:

Kelly has a great recipe for a cough salve that you rub on your feet.  This recipe of mine is really just a take on Vick’s Vapo Rub.  You know the jelly in the blue bottle that you rub all over your chest and back (maybe even a little under your nose) when you (or your child) are stuffed up?

This recipe has a similar ‘nasal opening’ property but leaves out the petroleum and turpentine oils.   Now this isn’t going to prevent a cold but it definitely is helpful when you have contracted a cold and can’t breath!  Eucalyptus oil has been found to have excellent effects in supporting breathing, helping with respiratory viruses (source) and helping with coughs (source).  Rub it on your chest, under your nose and go to bed! (As always with something topical, test for sensitivity on skin first.)

Ingredients and Method (4 ounce jar): 
  • Melt 1/2 cup of coconut oil on the stovetop.
  • Add 40 drops eucalyptus essential oil.
  • Pour into your jar.  Store either in the refrigerator or in a cabinet.  I leave mine in a cabinet so it is easily spreadable.  Sometimes, if my kitchen gets warm, it is melted.  Decide what works for you.

Looking for more natural cold and flu remedies?

Here are is a roundup of natural cold and flu remedies from some of my favorite bloggers:

  • Looking for some cough remedies?  In addition to Oh Lardy’s cough salve, I found a few good recipes from fellow bloggers.  Make your own garlic cough salve.  Here’s a recipe for cough and cold syrup, that doesn’t have the nasty artificial colors and sweeteners like some name brands ones do at the drug store!  Here’s another cough syrup that contains honey and lemon.  How about another with an onion cough syrup?  Wow, our coughs should be covered this winter!!
  • Keeping your vitamin D levels up is very important for sustaining your immune system.  Since we synthesize vitamin D when the sun’s rays mix with oils on our skin, it can be hard to maintain in the middle of winter.  I know where I live in Chicago, I feel like we don’t see the sun for months on end, and I know (from blood work results) that I become vitamin D deficient. Vitamin D can be a great defender against illness.  Here are some of the best ways to get vitamin D.  Personally, I keep my levels up with D3 supplements, cod liver oil and a UVB light box from mercola.com.

I hope you enjoyed my Roundup of Natural Cold and Flu Remedies!!!!  Keep those immune systems strong and you will bypass most illnesses and the ones you do contract, you can fight off quickly!!!  Stay healthy!

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Do you have any tips or natural cold and flu remedies you would like to share?  Please do so in the comments section below!

  Sources: http://drhyman.com/blog/2010/05/19/wintertime-immune-support/ http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2010/03/25/vitamin-d-deficiency-is-why-you-get-flu.aspx http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2003/12/13/holiday-spices.aspx  http://www.naturalnews.com/035493_raw_honey_health_benefits_antibacterial.html http://www.naturalnews.com/031403_coconut_oil_colds.html http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2010/10/22/coconut-oil-and-saturated-fats-can-make-you-healthy.aspx  Nourishing Traditions Prescription for Nutritional Healing http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=27#healthbenefits   

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50 Comments on “Natural Cold and Flu Remedies: The Complete Roundup”

  1. dragonflyc17-55

    To combat sore throat or coughing, chop an onion reasonably fine and cover with honey. Let sit at room temperature for about an hour, then strain and take by the teaspoon full. Refridgerate the syrup. It tastes better than one might think. It really works!

  2. Emily Bartlett

    Great resource for cold and flu season! Thanks for sharing my lemon socks, vitamin D, and elderberry posts. :)

  3. smallfootprintmama

    This is a great “round up”! Thanks for sharing with Small Footprint Fridays! This week your post will be featured, and I hope you will link up again! Happy New Year!

  4. amanda

    The cinnamon-coconut oil-honey elixir is great. We have been spreading on sprouted wheat toast or mixing into greek yogurt at breakfast and it’s dee-lish!

  5. Katherine Atkinson

    Great information! I’d love for you to join us this Wednesday for Wildcrafting Wednesday. Wildcrafting Wednesday is a blog hop for sharing herbal uses, home remedies, and self-sufficient living. I think our readers would LOVE this! :) It’s on MindBodyandSoleOnline (dot) com. Hope to see you there! :)

  6. Katie Friedman

    The coconut cinnamon honey worked really well for my son this morning- and it tasted fabulous in my coffee! Cheers!

  7. April

    I love these ideas. Please tell me how to store the coconut oil/honey/cinnamon elixir and how long can it last? Thanks.

    1. Tamara Mannelly

      YOu can store the coconut oil/honey mixture at room temp indefinitely. Both coconut oil and honey will last at room temperature for a long time (well,honey will last forever and coconut oil for a year or more).

      1. April

        I mixed some up for my son who has a cold. Ours is very liquidy as opposed to yours that looks solid. Is it just the difference in house temps? I want to make sure I made it correctly. Thank you.
        Looking forward to getting the essential oils to make our own rub. Can I ask what brand oils you use? Thanks.

        1. Tamara Mannelly

          Yes, it would be the temp of your house. Since there is coconut oil involved, temperature makes a difference! I use Young Living oils. But any quality essential oils will work!

  8. Bronwen

    Hmm … curiously enough, I’ve never tried using this mixture as food! I keep it in a small jar to use as conditioner/lip balm/bath melt :p

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