It’s almost fall, which means that colds and flu will be on the rise. (This, from my research, has little to do with a season changing, or the weather getting colder, but the reduced exposure to the sun, which causes a vitamin D deficiency, thus, lowered immune systems and increased illness).
But no need to panic
(and for the love, throw away the Lysol and bleach…more on this here)
There is a way to stay well, as well as easy, cheap ways to knock out illness before it becomes full blown. Natural remedies (like any remedy) work best when used at the first sign of a problem.
The wonderful thing about natural remedies, is that even if you “think” you are getting sick, or have been exposed to someone who is, you can use them as preventative measures, without worrying about overloading your system with medicine and putting your liver through unnecessary stress, which weakens your immune system.
At the first sign of any illness I whip up a batch of my Terrible Tonic (which is much nicer than the name my husband has for it, since it tastes awful). It is also an awesome cough suppressant.
It knocks out illness faster than anything else I have ever tried.
It takes 10 minutes to throw together and is dirt cheap.
Lindsay’s Terrible Tonic
- 3 cloves fresh, raw garlic; chopped, minced or grated
- 1/2 C. raw (local if possible) honey
- 1 C. raw apple cider vinegar
- 1/4+ C. purified water (to dilute)
put ingredients in a glass jar, secure with a lid, and shake to mix. shake before administering as the garlic will tend to settle at the bottom.
Give 3 T. 6+ times/day – you can’t OD, so go for it! The rest of the family gets a dose 3 times/day as an immune boost to keep the illness from spreading.
I take a shot of it daily during the cold/flu seasons.
***Avoid taking on an empty stomach, and I usually dilute it to make it more palpable***
Adding more garlic makes it more potent and effective!
Lindsay’s (less-terrible) Kid’s Tonic:
- 1 clove garlic, chopped, minced, or grated
- 1/4 C. raw honey (*children under 12months should not be given raw honey, but can receive the benefit of this tonic if their nursing mother is taking it)
This one is too thick to shake, so just give it a stir before administering. I serve it to my son in a spoon (about 1 Tablespoon or so). If your child can handle the ACV, go ahead, it won’t hurt them, my son just finds it too strong, so I give him a glass of kombucha instead.
We all take it with a with a raw milk “chaser” to reduce the “spiciness” of the garlic and “ick” factor of the ACV.
It is best to make a new batch after a few weeks as fresh garlic is more potent when fresh, and can rot if left out for more than a week.
click here for my complete illness regimen!