With the summer season slowly coming to an end, it is wise to boost our immune system and prepare our body for the transition to colder temperatures.
While each season has its benefits and drawbacks, fall and winter regularly bring with them the miseries associated with colds and flu that the majority of people are susceptible to. We tend to be less physically active in this colder period of the year and we are more inclined to eat heavier foods, which can additionally weaken our body’s defense mechanisms.
The symptoms of colds and flu can make our days miserable
We all know how unpleasant and difficult the manifestations of cold and flu can be: each attempt to swallow causes sharp pains in our throat, our nose is congested so you we can barely breathe through the nostrils, our chest is ripped with dry irritable cough or wet cough due to accumulated mucus, not to mention the achy muscles and elevated temperature.
The worst thing about colds is that there are few medications that can truly cure their cause, not only the unpleasant symptoms. Moreover, they can sometimes have serious side-effects, which is especially worrying when our children are concerned. Antibiotics destroy the harmful bacteria but also the gut-friendly bacteria that support our immune system to a great extent. So we should resort to taking them only if our physician says it is necessary.
What can nature offer us in this respect?
We always have nature at our disposal to help us with any ailments. It offers us various remedies that effectively counteract the horrible actions of viruses and bacteria in our body, while boosting our immunity and soothing the terrible symptoms at the same time. .
Here is an old-time syrup recipe with powerful natural ingredients that have scientifically proven abilities in combating colds and the flu. It is also simple to prepare, with ingredients that you probably already have at home, and it has a wonderful taste and smell! Although it contains no additives or chemicals, this syrup can be safely kept refrigerated for some time.
Ginger Lime Thyme Homemade Cough Syrup
- 1 Lime, sliced thin
- 3/4 Cup honey, preferably raw and organic
- A big handful of fresh thyme – you can grow your own thyme in winter as well (other herbs such as mint, oregano, sage and anise hyssop will also treat coughs effectively).
- About 1″ of fresh sliced ginger
- 2 Cups water
Soak lime slices in the honey, putting both ingredients in a jar or another glass container, which is done to release the juices from the lime. Poke the fruit slices with a plastic or wooden spoon to extract as much juice as possible.
Put the sliced ginger and thyme in a saucepan with 2 cups of water and bring to boil. As soon as it starts to boil, reduce the temperature to low heat and simmer the mixture for several minutes without covering it with a lid. Cook until there is only enough syrup to fill one cup. Put it aside and allow it to cool. Then remove the ginger pieces and the thyme leaves, and add the mixture to the lime slices with honey, stirring and whisking it well.
This cough syrup will last for 3-4 weeks in the refrigerator. Distribute the amount of 2-3 tablespoons at regular intervals during the day, especially before you go to bed. Before each use, shake the jar to combine the ingredients.
Why this syrup is good for you
Limes/Lemons- they have a high vitamin C content, act against viruses and bacteria, reduce inflammation, boost immune system, ward off colds and alleviate cold manifestation.
Honey – contains antioxidants that boost the immune system and protect organ damage, supports overall health, suppresses cough due to upper respiratory infections especially at night time, acts against bacteria and viruses, calms an irritated or a sore throat by coating it.
Thyme – it is an ancient remedy for colds and bronchial infections that acts gently, yet effectively. Thyme has antiviral and antiseptic activities, destroying bacteria and supporting the immune system. When it comes to the accumulated mucus that causes unpleasant coughing, thyme is a superb natural expectorant. It also helps with irritable dry coughs.
Ginger – it possesses scientifically proven anti-bacterial and antiseptic activities that counteract the manifestations of colds and flu. It warms up the body and promotes perspiration which is necessary for the inner cleansing and reducing the temperature. Ginger naturally brings down inflammation and calms allergy symptoms. It clears congested air passages and acts as a gentle sedative, reducing pain.
Adults can add a small amount of whiskey to their syrup for additional benefits. Namely, whiskey destroys bacteria in the throat, being an alcohol. It has also shown abilities to fight allergies and colds and it contains antioxidants.