Moms as moms are always looking for Home Remedies for Cold and Flu for Kids; even more so something to boost immunity of their kids, mostly in the dreaded winter season. Here our family’s Immunity Boosting Concoction, it’s not only beautiful sunkissed colored but also pretty yum, and is sure to take care of those occasional coughs before they turn into medicine needing coughs. We use this every day, twice a day in the milk, to keep the coughs away!
We are a pro-supplement family. Supplements help us in balancing our body and developing strong immunity.
This is an immunity boosting concoction that I developed for my 2 yr old and it has helped us so much in keeping cold and flu at bay, especially during winters. I make a batch every few weeks and give a tiny amount of this concoction to my toddler every day in his milk.
Although this was developed for my son, my husband and I like to drink this in the winters too, especially if we are down with a cold.
It’s a simple forgiving mixture of Turmeric, Dried Ginger Powder, Black pepper, and Cinnamon. All these spices are available in most of the grocery stores, in the spice aisle.
Disclaimer: Please keep in mind, I am not a nutritionist or a trained healthcare professional. I am just a health enthusiast mom, who does what she believes to be the best for her kids. This information is to the best of my knowledge and should be used discretionally.
Turmeric: Turmeric has a substance called Curcumin which has very high anti-inflammatory properties. It boosts immunity for our body and helps fight infection. When the mucus glands get inflamed they produce a lot of mucus, commonly called Booger. This happens when a foreign substance irritates these glands, or when the temperature is cold outside, often during winters. Turmeric helps keep the mucus glands under control, thus they don’t overproduce mucus, and the cold symptoms stay under control. This spice is a staple in food to a lot of countries in Asia. Turmeric is almost a miracle spice, and cold is probably the simplest problems it helps with. It’s very well known to help with Alzheimer’s, cancer and many other major diseases.
Dried Ginger Powder: Dried ginger powder again has Anti-Inflammatory properties and it produces heat in the body, which helps keep you warm during colder months. Ginger helps sweat toxins out of your body, plus it is also aids in digestion, making the milk easier to digest.
Black Pepper: Another spice that helps produce heat, but more importantly it helps our body absorb the curcumin present in turmeric. Just make sure to add only a large pinch of black pepper in the entire concoction, since it’s so hot and kids won’t like spicy hot milk.
Cinnamon: This adds wonderful flavor to the milk, and overpowers all other flavors kids are not used to. It’s immunity boosting properties are very much like ginger.
Honey: Honey adds sweetness to the milk, and is a great alternative to sugar. Honey and ginger tea has been traditionally used in many cultures to make tea to help relieve cold symptoms. We haven’t yet gotten into the grove of adding honey yet, but I try to remember it.
Recipe for the Immunity boosting concoction:
Dried Ginger Powder – 2 Tbsp
Turmeric – 1 Tbsp
Cinnamon – 1 tsp (more if your child like the flavor)
Black Pepper – 1/8th tsp (few dashes or a large pinch is good since it very hot)
It is a very forgiving mixture, and you can alter most of the ingredients according to your or your child’s taste buds.
Add 1/8 tsp or a few dashes of this concoction to milk every-time, I do add a little sugar to my child’s milk.
For Adults increase the quantity to 1/4th tsp.
You may add a little extra sugar/honey than you usually do, to develop a taste, and the cut back eventually.
This home remedy for cold and flu is very good to boost immunity; however, it’s not a treatment for a cold. It simply helps keep cold at bay, also helps to recover sooner during cold.
The milk will turn golden in color and is very yummy for adults too, especially with some honey!