Tuesday, June 10, 2014

All Natural Cough Syrup Recipe & Some Honey Favorites

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food” ― Hippocrates

Chrystal's Pure Honey ( Raw & Organic )at Oceanside Farmer's Market
in San Diego, CA

 Did ya'll enjoyed Laura's post on honey? I can't wait to make the face scrub she is going to write about Thursday! I love how amazing and healing honey is for us. It's one of those amazing things on the planet Earth that I just marvel at. Many times I feel as if antibiotics should be a last resort and that there are useful things we can do at the onset of a sickness to help our bodies heal that are all natural, not chemicals, and many times in our pantries. Honey is one of those things. It's anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and full of antioxidants. As Laura said, it's best to seek out raw, local honey. Since different regions have different plants and allergies, it is best to find honey from that region because it will be able to combat the allergens in that specific region. As I've said a few times, raw is best in a lot of circumstances. Raw honey is not pasteurized, so it has all of those healthy natural enzymes that help our body digest it and therefore help our body use it for optimum nutrition. Processed store-bought honey is practically worthless, in my humble opinion. There isn't much difference between that and white sugar! And often times they are from China and all sorts of places so far away from us that it would be worthless to consume, since it's best to consume honey from your region. Whenever I am traveling, whether that's in California or Florida, I always stop by the local honey booths. They always offer samples for you to try various blends, and so far the tupelo flavors always tend to be my favorite. I never end up buying any though, since I buy from local honey vendors in my region. If you are having trouble finding local honey purveyor in your area you can search your region at http://www.localharvest.org.

Seaside Farmer's Market in Seaside, Florida

There's a wide range of things you could use honey for at your home and in your household. In recent years it's become more popular to make face washes with it, use it as conditioner, use it as lotion or for lip balm, prevent allergies, heal wounds, help sunburns, to clear constipation, and even to lose weight! One of the many ways I have used honey in the past year is to make a cough syrup out of it when needed. In fact, I did that this week when I was feeling sick. Being that honey is anti-viral and anti-bacterial, I use this cough syrup as a soothing agent and also to get rid of bacteria in the body. I have started selling essential oils to those who become interested in their uses, and I will sometimes add a drop or two of oregano oil to the batch as well. This cough syrup is wonderfully easy to make. Once I make a batch, I put it in a mason jar and just keep it next to the stove so the warmth of the stove keeps the coconut oil melted and ready to use at any given moment. This is especially great for those winter months, but also summer allergies as well. This recipe is also kid friendly and sensitive for the elderly, which I especially love! 

/ Honey is generally not recommended for those under 1 year of age. Consult with your doctor before administering to those under 1 year of age. / 

All Natural Kid Friendly Cough Syrup Recipe: 

4 TBSP. Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice 
1/3 Cup of Honey (Raw & Local is best)
2 TBSP of Coconut Oil 
1-2 Drops of Oregano Essential Oil (this is optional, if you have it)

Add the first three ingredients to a small pot and heat over low heat. You want to use a low heat so you do not cook out any of the natural vitamins and minerals. Heat only until the coconut oil is melted. Add a drop or two of oregano oil and then pour into a mason jar. The oregano oil does give it a amore "spicy" flavor, so use very cautiously. Keep next to the stove for easy access for up to 5 days. After about 5 days I transfer to the refrigerator. You can intake as many spoonfuls a day as you would like. I will sometimes add a few spoonfuls to tea if I'm feeling a little under the weather. You can also add this to any of your meals when it seems fit.
(Recipe taken from Nicole Walters at Modern Alternative Mama

P.S. Other useful tips and natural remedies that I have found for a cold: essential oils such as Peppermint and Eucalyptus Globulus on the chest and lymphs, epsom salt or fresh ginger baths with essential oils, bone broth, B Vitamins, extra D-3 vitamins, extra Vitamin C, a lot of water with cell food in mason jars  (this is especially important since I will be adding in supplements), and probiotics. Email us at prtliving@gmail.com if you have any questions.

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