5 Immune Boosting Recipes For Winter

May 11, 2011

5 Immune Boosting Recipes For Winter

Getting ready for winter? Here are 5 natural remedies to have on hand to boost your immunity, prevent colds, clear sinuses, ease coughs and soothe sore throats.

Tonic To Boost Your Immunity

2 cups honey

1/2 cup garlic cloves, crushed

1/2 cup grated fresh ginger

Warm honey over low heat (do not boil). Place the garlic and ginger in a jar with a tight-fitting lid and pour the warm honey over them. Shake the jar well. Refrigerate and use with 2 weeks. Take a spoonful of this tonic at the first sign or a cold/flu or take daily as a preventative. You can also make a tea with a spoonful of this tonic in warm water or add to a cup of green or white tea.

Warm Lemonade To Fight Cold And Flu

1 cup boiling water

Juice of 2 lemons

Honey to taste

2 dashes of cayenne pepper

Mix all the ingredients together. Drink several times a day until your cold is gone.

Ginger Tea To Clear Sinuses

4 cups water

5cm ginger, peeled and sliced into thin strips

Bring the water to a boil in a saucepan, then add the ginger. Reduce heat to simmer for 20 minutes. Strain ginger from the liquid and drink. Add honey and lemon to taste.

Thyme-Infused Honey For Coughs And Sore Throats

1/2 cup fresh thyme, washed and dried

1 cup honey

Warm the honey in a saucepan (do not boil). Add the thyme and steep for 15-20 minutes. Allow the mixture to cool and strain out the thyme.

Pour the honey into a glass, wide-mouthed jar with a rubber-sealed lid. Store in a cool, dark place. Use one teaspoon three times daily. 

Tea To Relieve Fever Symptoms

• Juice of 1 lemon

• 1 teaspoon of finely chopped fresh ginger

• Pinch of fresh chilli

• 1-2 cloves of finely chopped garlic

• 1-2 teaspoons Manuka honey

Add boiling water and cover for 10 minutes. Rug up, stay warm and enjoy two cups.

What is your favourite immune-boosting recipe?

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