In case you didn't know, it is cold and flu season. The flu seems to be quite strong this year. My husband is not feeling well. Congestion and sore throat. I'm on red alert, since most of my students and teachers are sick. Add my husband to that mix and I'm probably doomed. I decided to be prepared. Oh, and take care of my husband.
First, I made some homemade throat drops. I have wanted to try these for some time, but it looked like a lot of work. I decided better now than when I'm sick.
Homemade Honey/Ginger Cough Drops
1 c. Ginger tea
1 c. Honey
2 T. Lemon Juice
1 c. sugar
1/4 t. ginger
First make the tea. I used a Korean Ginger Tea that was given to me by a very thankful Korean mother. It sure has some zing to it. After the tea is made, add the honey, lemon juice, and sugar.
Boil until the candy thermometer says 300 degrees. That took a while. Keep a watch on the pot, because it will boil over. I kept it on a low temperature and tried not to stir it much.
Then next home remedy is a spicy cough remedy. This really has some zing, but does sooth a sore throat and quiets the cough.
Maggie's Cough Remedy
1/4 t. cayenne pepper
1/4 t. ginger
1 T. apple cider vinegar
2 T. water
1 T. honey
Mix and refrigerate. This will make your eyes water, but it works.
My final go to is a homemade hot drink made with 1 c. water, 1 T. apple cider vinegar, 1 T. lemon juice, and 1 T. honey. I find it very soothing.
That in a nutshell is my "Get Well Kit." I can't say enough how much I enjoy finding and trying these homemade remedies on Pinterest. I especially like that I can make them out of things that are readily available in the cupboard and honey from my own hives.
Grandma Wilder's Noodles
1 1/2 t. salt
3 eggs beaten
1 1/2 cup of flour
Mix by hand until it sticks together, roll out flat, and cut into strips with a pizza cutter. Boil in the soup for 20 minutes. If my family is scratching their heads wondering who Grandma Wilder is. She is from a cookbook.
There you have it. The perfect recipe for getting better. Don't forget to take lots of naps. In fact, that is where I'm headed next. I hope everyone out there is avoiding the plague. At the bottom are the sites where I found the recipes. Good luck and stay healthy.
Cough Syrup: http://nancyvienneau.com/blog/articles/home-remedy/
Cough Drops: http://sarahmcgill.squarespace.com/recipes/2011/8/20/honey-ginger-throat-drops.html