This wonderful recipe is adapted from the Primally Inspired website.
At this time of year, many people are fighting off coughs and colds. This homemade syrup is very effective in getting rid of your cold sooner while soothing your cough. A few factoids about the ingredients:
Raw Honey: According to different studies, honey is just as effective in helping a cough as over the counter cough medicine. This is because honey contains powerful anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-inflammatory properties. In fact, honey strengthens the white blood cells to fight bacterial and viral diseases. Just make sure the honey you use is raw and not heat treated. The beneficial nutrients and enzymes get destroyed when the honey is not raw.
Coconut Oil: The large amount of lauric acid in coconut oil kills bacteria, viruses and fungi, which helps to starve off infections. Furthermore, when coconut oil is enzymatically digested, it also forms a monoglyceride called monolaurin. Like lauric acid, monolaurin also kills harmful pathogens like bacteria, viruses, and fungi.
Fresh Lemon: Lemons are jam-packed with Vitamin C, which helps in boosting your body’s natural defenses.
Cinnamon: Cinnamon contains anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and anti-fungal properties.
*Of course you all know NOT to give this cough/cold syrup to babies under one year of age.
* 3 Tablespoons raw honey (you can buy that right here at Six Pines Farm!)
* 2 Tablespoons melted coconut oil
* 1 juiced lemon
* 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- Combine all ingredients until well mixed. (Do not heat your honey. Heating destroys the beneficial enzymes. If you must heat your honey, do so at the lowest temperature possible)
- Take 1-2 teaspoons, 3 to 5 times a day at the first sign of a cold or cough.