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Five $5 flu fighters you can make at home

As cold and flu season approaches, it's always a good idea to have some tried and true home remedies in your back pocket. Julie Daniluk shares her five favourite recipes that can help keep these illnesses at bay.

Fresh Honey Garlic Paste

The antimicrobial properties of honey and garlic are wonderful for stimulating your immune system. Both garlic and honey have been shown to improve your body’s defenses against viruses and bacteria. When you feel a cough coming on, this paste calms the irritation quickly. Try a heaping teaspoon before a meal by itself or diluted in some warm water. Ideally consume this every day for 7 days in a row to ensure immune boosting. You can also add this mixture to salad dressings.

Fire Cider: Apple Cider Vinegar with spices

Fire Cider was first made famous in Rosemary Gladstar’s book, Herbal Recipes For Vibrant Health. This recipe is adapted to be mild in order for people with digestive concerns to enjoy it as well.

Elderberry Syrup

When it comes to clearing up a sore throat, cough, cold, bronchitis or any other issue that affects your respiratory system, honey-sweetened elderberry syrup might be your best choice. Elderberry contains bioflavonoids like anthocyanins that can soothe inflammation. This syrup also acts as an expectorant to clear out phlegm. Elderberries are anti-viral and have been used to fight colds and flus for centuries. You must cook elderberries, so avoid tasting until you finished your syrup making. If you are unsure if the variety of elderberries your using is edible, consult your local herbalist/foraging expert before consuming. This recipe also works for mulberries if you have them on hand. Make sure the cookware you're using is glass or stainless steel and your clothes are stain-friendly.

Add astragalus, ginseng or medicinal mushrooms to your chicken or veggie soup

Add 4-5 pieces sliced dried astragalus or ginseng root to your next soup to help build up your immune system for winter.

Astragalus (aka Huang qi) or ginseng along with medicinal mushrooms (i.e. shiitake or maitake) are available at Asian grocery stores. Considering having a big jar of astragalus root by your stove to boost your healthy homemade soups this season.

Julie's chicken soup recipe is a great option.

Goji Turmeric Coconut Latte

Goji berries make a fantastic base for a warm, fall latte that is sure to please. Considered both a fruit and an herb, goji berries are brimming with vitamin A, B complex and C to fight off infection. Coconut is rich in caprilic acid that is also anti-fungal.

As with all home remedies, please be sure to consult your doctor first. 


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