Falling ill during the cold season is what everyone tries to avoid, unfortunately not always with success. The common cold and flu can affect anyone with a weak immune system.
Even though the ideal way to protect yourself from viruses is to avoid people who cough and sneeze, that’s not always possible.
So, you have to do something to boost your immune system and prevent yourself from falling sick this winter. And, even if you do catch a cold or flu, you should try to reduce the time of the illness and cure them as soon as possible.
One way to do that is to prepare a syrup using a few extremely healthy ingredients. Take it the moment you notice the first signs of cold and flu to prevent them while you can.
Benefits of the Ingredients
Research suggests that honey provides similar effects as over-the-counter cough medications. That’s because of its potent anti-viral, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties. This natural ingredient boosts the white blood cells to fight viral and bacterial diseases.
However, you should use raw honey that’s not heat treated. On the contrary, honey that’s not raw lacks these beneficial enzymes.
Coconut oil is another extremely healthy ingredient in this syrup. It helps destroy viruses, bacteria, and fungi thanks to the high levels of lauric acid it contains.
This is another helpful ingredient for treating colds and flues due to its antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory properties. Plus, it’ll increase your levels of fiber, manganese, and calcium.
The high levels of vitamin C and flavonoids in lemon support the body’s natural defense mechanism. Also, it has strong antibacterial and antiviral properties.
Cold and Flu Syrup Recipe
Here’s how to combine these ingredients to make a natural syrup that will help prevent and treat cold and flu.
- Unrefined melted coconut oil – 2 tablespoons
- Raw honey – 3 tablespoons
- Cinnamon – 1 teaspoon
- Lemon – 1
Squeeze the juice of the lemon and mix it with the rest of the ingredient. However, try to avoid heating the honey as heating destroys the helpful enzymes. But, if you have to do it, heat it at the lowest temperature.
How to Use
The moment you notice the first cold and flu symptoms, take one to two teaspoons of the syrup, three to five times a day. However, don’t give it to kids under the age of one as they should not consume honey.
Additional Tips to Prevent Cold and Flu
- Wash your hands with water and soap a lot during the day
- Consume hot foods and drinks, such as soups and teas
- Increase your vitamin D intake through foods (eggs, tuna, cheese, and mackerel) and supplements
- Go for a walk regularly to clear the air in your lungs