A couple weeks ago, I woke up and quickly realized I had lost my voice. Aside from it being super inconvenient (though, my kids were happy to get the day off from homeschool; can’t teach very well without a voice), my throat was also incredibly sore. I have a few remedies that I turn to anytime we have sore throats or are generally feeling rough. Since it’s cold & flu season, I thought I’d share my remedies to help you & your family feel better, too!
Medicine Ball Tea
I recently shared my recipe for this tea that tastes just like the Medicine Ball Tea at Starbucks, (or maybe even better). We drink at least a couple mugs a day of my Medicine Ball tea when we’re feeling under the weather.
Honey, Lemon, and Coconut Oil Syrup
I’ve been using this recipe for homemade sore throat syrup for years. It’s basically like liquid cough drops – tastes amazing, soothes a sore throat, and stops a cough quickly. You can whip up a batch of this honey, lemon, and coconut oil syrup quickly and store it in an airtight container. A couple tips after making several batches of this myself over the years:
- The recipe calls for raw honey, and I definitely recommend using raw honey, too, but if you can get local honey to use for this recipe, even better! Local honey is amazing for boosting the allergy relieving aspect of this syrup.
- Use good coconut oil. Try to get cold pressed coconut oil if you can find it.
Sore Throat Pops
With the soothing power of a cough drop, but the fun of a lollipop, my kids love these Lolleez throat soothing lollipops .
In case of emergency…
In a pinch, eat a couple of marshmallows. Seriously. The gelatin in them has a throat-coating effect that soothes a scratchy throat.
Immune System Booster
Although I’ve got plenty of remedies for a scratchy, sore throat, preventing one in the first place is best. During the winter months, there’s one product I swear by to prevent colds and flu: elderberry syrup. I’ve been taking elderberry syrup in the winter for years. I take it to boost my immune system and prevent colds and viruses, and I give it to my kids, too. If we do get sick, I double up our usual dose to help fight off the virus faster.
This one is my favorite brand of elderberry syrup, but I’ve also used this one and like it nearly as much. I’ve been thinking of trying these gummies for my kids -less mess than giving them the syrup version! There are lots of recipes on Pinterest to make elderberry syrup at home if you’d rather make it yourself, too!
Do you have any home remedies for cold & flu season? I’d love to hear them in the comments!