As the mercury drops and the trees start to shed their summer frocks, festivities, warm cocoa and cosy, chunky knitted accoutrements are just round the corner.
Unfortunately, so are snot noses, sore throats, and nights routinely interrupted by the cough cacophony.
While bacterial strains of flu can be treated via antibiotics, those pesky, viral types of pestilence won’t budge an inch against the barrage of modern meds.
So if your children (or you) happen to catch a cold or the dreaded f-word, you’ll just have to ride it out — one of the most disheartening phrases to be uttered to a mum with a sick, miserable tot.
Still; there are ways to salve the waiting game, and this soothing, warming (kid-friendly) hot toddy is top of the list — not only because it’s a potent pain-reliever, but particularly because it’s packed with immune-boosting properties to help little ones naturally fight the sickness.
The golden elixir contains honey for easing coughs, ginger for clearing congestion, vitamin C for strengthening the immune system, cinnamon for easing inflammation, and the anti-viral, liver-cleansing powerhouse spice, turmeric.
What you need:
3 cups of water
Juice of half a lemon
1 cinnamon stick or ¼ tbsp powdered cinnamon
3 slices (1/4 inch thick) of fresh ginger
½ tbsp turmeric
1 ½ tbsp honey (can add more or less to achieve desired sweetness)
How to make it:
1. Add all ingredients (except honey) to a pot and bring to a boil.
2. Once boiling reduce heat and let simmer for about 10 minutes.
3. Add honey and stir, adding more if necessary.
4. Pour tea through a strainer and drink while warm.
Have your kiddos knock back the toddy at the first sign of the ominous throat tickle, or as often as you prefer to keep the winter germs at bay.
Recipe (adapted) and image via chatelaine.com