photo of warm spiced apple juice
Warm apple juice with spices can help soothe a sore throat. [Photo: Neal's Yard Remedies]

Winter soothers for colds, coughs and flu

28 January, 2015

When you have a cold or flu it’s the easiest thing in the world to reach for a box of pills.

But if you want something that is both soothing and provides a boost for your immune system why not try something different. The recipes below are quick to make and can help provide natural relief to cold and flu symptoms using herbs and everyday  ingredient you may have at home already.

Warm spiced apple juice

This  simple spiced apple juice full of herbs and spices with antiviral and warming properties, lovely when you feel chilly with a cold. You’ll need:

  • 1 cup/mug apple juice
  • 1 teaspoon olive leaf
  • Teaspoon freshly grated ginger
  • Half cinnamon quill
  • 2 star anise
  • Zest and juice of 1 lemon

Infuse for ten minutes over a gentle heat. Allow to cool slightly and then stir in:

  • 2 teaspoons baobab
  • 1 teaspoon bee pollen (optional)

Add honey to sweeten if desired.

Cough tincture

This is a great blend of herbs for when you have a cough and sore throat. It combines herbs with antispasmodic actions to soothe a cough, immune boosting to fight the infection and expectorant to expel mucus

In a small cup or mug combine the following tinctures:

  • Elecampane 30ml  – lung tonic to strengthen lungs and antibacterial
  • Myrrh 10ml – stimulates immunity
  • Thyme 30ml – antispasmodic to sooth cough, antimicrobial, expectorant to expel mucus
  • Elderflower 35ml – mucus cutter for the upper respiratory tract
  • Marshmallow leaf 30ml – softens and expels mucus, mucilaginous soothes a sore throat
  • Liquorice 10ml – throat soother
  • Ginger 5ml – warming and immune stimulating

This makes approx 150 ml of the remedy; take 2-5 ml three times daily.