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Herbal shots: natural immune boosting recipes

When the symptoms of cold and flu begin to creep up on you it’s time to head to the kitchen to create a natural cold and flu shot. Food as medicine is a large part of my health philosophy because it provides your body with the nourishment it needs to heal, repair and function properly.

Herbal shots can naturally boost the immune system and are a great first line of defence when you’re feeling under the weather. Below are my favourite ingredients and combinations.

Natural immune boosting ingredients

My top ingredients for a home-made natural cold and flu shots include are commonly found in the kitchen. I always recommend using organic herbs and spices when creating a natural remedy. It is also great to stock up on the following ingredients:

Raw manuka honey: Manuka honey has a natural antibacterial therapeutic quality. There are different strengths of the honey that you can purchase with the higher the quality the more antibacterial properties it has (look for the UMF rating). I always opt for a raw organic Manuka and always remember to put the lid back on to maintain the products therapeutic value.

Garlic: Garlic is another strong flu fighting herb therapeutically indicated for infection, colds and flu due to its antimicrobial properties.

Cinnamon: Cinnamon is not only a sweet and pleasant tasting spice but it has antibacterial qualities perfect to fight off a cold.

Ginger: Ginger adds warmth spice and sweetness and is therapeutically indicated to warm a cold constitution and digestive upsets.

Gubinge powder: This is a dehydrated, Australian grown plum, which contains the richest source of Vitamin C on the planet.

Sliced ginger root on cutting board, jar of honey and tea cup on kitchen table. Selective focus.

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1. Chilled cold and flu shot

Ingredients:

  • 1 tsp ginger freshly grated
  • 1 garlic clove, freshly crushed
  • ½ tsp cinnamon powder
  • ½ lemon squeezed
  • 1 tsp raw Manuka honey raw Manuka or a raw active honey
  • 50 ml kombucha or water as a base
  • ½ tsp Gubinge powder

Method: Combine all ingredients together in a class. Stir well and enjoy.

2. Warming immune booster

Ingredients:

  • 50 ml strongly steeped tea (1 tsp per 50 mls of boiled water) e.g. thyme, sage, olive leaf, elderflower and lemon myrtle
  • ½ tsp turmeric root powder
  • A pinch of cayenne or chilli powder
  • 1 garlic clove, freshly crushed
  • 1 tsp raw Manuka honey or a raw active honey (wait for the tea to cool slightly before adding the honey in)
  • ½ tsp cinnamon powder
  • ½ squeezed lemon

Method: Combine all ingredients together in a class. Stir well and enjoy.

3. Sore throat and cough tamer

Ingredients:

  • 50 ml strongly steeped marshmallow or licorice tea or any organic herbal tea (1 tsp per 50 ml of boiled water)
  • 1 tsp raw Manuka or a raw active honey
  • ½ tsp dried thyme leaf
  • ½ tsp slippery elm powder (optional)
  • ½ tsp cinnamon powder
  • ½ squeezed lemon

Method: Combine all ingredients together in a class. Stir well and enjoy.

Note: Feel free to play around with these shot recipes to what you have available at home. Other great herbs and spices to include are sage, oregano, lemon myrtle, paprika and star anise.

Anthia Koullouros

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Anthia Koullouros has been a naturopath, herbalist and organic food health and lifestyle educator since 1994. She founded Ovvio Organics (the most beautiful teas, herbs and spices range you'll ever meet) and is the author of I Am Food - Eating Your Way To Health. “It is my passion to educate and inspire as many people as possible to choose products and take actions that add health, happiness, peace, love, beauty and truth to their lives and the lives of others. Education is the key, debunking myths and offering clear and simple, no-nonsense, fad-free, sustainable solutions to take care of their minds and bodies”.

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