I’m one of those people who really likes to keep it simple. Although I’m totally enjoying playing with the Herbal Nurturing book and have made elderberry syrup, much to my kids’ delight, it took me over a year of wanting to do it before I finally got around to it.
At Green Your Way I share four totally simple tips to battle a cold using things you already have in your kitchen. Rather than share an excerpt from the post, I’m going to pretend I’m a DVD and share a deleted scene with you. The editor of Life…Your Way nixed number five on my list because it included alcohol and she takes a strong stance against alcoholism.
I totally understand and support her decision, but since not every family struggles with alcoholism (and this may be my favorite childhood memory), I’m going to share the section with you here, knowing that you’ll make a mature decision about whether you’ll use it or just laugh at me:
Cough Less, Sleep More with Whiskey and Honey
The first cough syrup I knew (and possibly why I kind of like the taste of whiskey) was a homemade remedy. This is copied from my mom’s cheat sheet to my own: Mix whiskey and honey in a 1:1 ratio and give 1 teaspoon to children ages 1-2 years and 1 ½-2 teaspoons for older kids and adults.
I’m probably supposed to tell you not to give this to anyone under 21. Take that advice as you wish, perhaps with a grain of number one on this list.
Tip: Tape a piece of paper with ideas like this to the interior of a cupboard door in your kitchen, or the inside of your linen closet. Information at your fingertips!
Disclaimer: I’m not a health professional, just a mom, and one who was raised on whiskey and honey at that! You know of course that you must check with your own doctor before believing anything I say.
Here’s to your health, the simple way! [Read the first four tips HERE.]
Since we’re talking avoiding chemicals this week, did you catch my last article at Green Your Way? I explored the fishy stories of hormones in our water supply and what you (might) be able to do about it. Check it out HERE.
Another post you might be interested in is titled “What’s Really in Children’s Medicine anyway?”
Need a Holiday Dish to Pass?
The appetizer recipe carnival has a bunch of great options, and if you take the sourdough eCourse or Fundamentals of traditional foods eCourse and make a payment this month, you’ll get my video with two simple and delicious real food dips, plus the trick to making cream cheese and whey from your homemade yogurt. It was fun to make, and I’d love to share it with you!
Call for Recipe Testers
Here’s a sneak peek at the next three recipe books to be published here at KS, in no particular order (although I know when the release date will be for each one):
- Healthy Meal Transformations: How to Make Your Old Recipes into Real Food
- Beans & Legume recipes
- Healthy and Healthy-ish Desserts
If you’d be willing to test a recipe (or a handful) in return for a copy of the book, please fill out this form. I’ll contact you at some point, but know that it might not be until I work on a certain book (i.e. months from now), so please don’t feel missed or miffed if you don’t hear from me right away. Thanks! [UPDATE: Thank you so much to all who are willing to test recipes for me! I’m compiling a list of testers for the January book now, but I removed the form so I can have a static list of helpers. There will be a next time!]
Photo source: Mandi Ehman
Disclaimer: I am an affiliate of Herbal Nurturing and will receive commission if you buy the book.