Home Remedy: Sweet & Spicy Magic Syrup

I like to re-post my FAVORITE Home Remedies every year…this year is no different, except that I am linking them instead:

Natural Remedies from A Naturally Minded Mom

and

Sniffles & Coughs & Pukes, Oh My!

   Please read and pin those articles, I’d love to get the word out, that there are more options than an Over the Counter Drug-filled medicine cabinet!

  However, I have a NEW amazing home remedy to add to the list.

  I was coming down with a double ear infection and strep throat. I could feel it.  I used to get Strep once a year when I was a teenager and I know the signs. Ultimately it ends up with me making myself swallow my own saliva, because it hurt SOOO badly.  I was rapidly approaching this point when I ran out of my favorite Sore Throat Remedy, a liquid herb called Ultimate Echinacea.  It soothes and numbs the throat and boost the immune.  It was Saturday night and I knew the herbal store I got it at was long closed and wouldn’t open up again until Monday.  That was WAY too long to wait!

  So, I did what all grown ups do in this situation….

  I whined on facebook.

  Sweet 4 little Ferguson facebook friend, Missy, pipes up that she has an amazing cough syrup that is great for sore throats too.  It had worked for her recently and she was kind enough to share the recipe.  Dale and I headed to the kitchen and whipped up a batch.

Oh my amazingness.

  Right away the honey coated and soothed my throat, next the prickles when I swallowed went away, and the pain lessened by a ton.  Within 20 minutes, I started to feel better.  By the next day I was operating at 80% and by the end of that same day, I was better! No more sore throat or full ears.

When researching the simple ingredient list, I can see why it helped:

The Ingredients as listed at Nourishing Joy

   Cayenne pepper has capsaicin, which acts as a pain reliever. Even though it’s also what makes hot peppers spicy, capsaicin interrupts the pain message between the nerves and the brain, thus alleviating the pain sensation. It is warming and stimulating to the nerves, increasing blood flow and promoting healing.

  Ginger is a natural antihistamine, an anti-inflammatory, as well as anti-nausea agent. It likewise is warming and stimulating to the nervous system and is helpful in relieving chest congestion. {Fresh ginger because it is more potent and the juice is especially helpful in this recipe, but ground ginger is certainly a worthy substitute. I get mine at our local bulk food store and it is a high quality spice}

   Honey is soothing, tasty, and coats the throat. Beware of which honey you purchase, some of the store varieties are not even real honey, but a mixture of junk ingredients and sugar. Read labels, buy local if you can, and if you buy at the store, make sure your source is a good one!

  Raw honey is packed with nutrients and enzymes and is a powerful antiviral and antibacterial substance, due to the propolis, which is what the bees themselves use to seal the hive from bacteria and infection. *As with all products that contain honey, this should not be given to infants under 1 year because of the risk of botulism.

  Apple Cider Vinegar {get raw, organic like Bragg’s for best nutrients} has a plethora of beneficial uses and in this case provides antiseptic, antiviral, and antibacterial properties. It also provides a large number of minerals, vitamins, enzymes, and amino acids, which boost the immune system and promote healing in the body. 

  This recipe is all over the internet, some with added garlic and cinnamon, some not.  My original source is called Maggie’s Cough Syrup and it is found at this website called: Good Food Matters.

We are calling it Sweet & Spicy Magic Syrup at our house, cause it really works, like magic!

  Don’t worry about the spice in this, it merely adds a nice heat that quiets the pain of your throat. My kids tolerate it, and we have used it this past week to manage some yucky coughs/sore throats coming from the weather change.

And speaking of spice, did you all see that I made a heart out of cayenne pepper for you in the photo?
THAT is love in action folks, y
ou are welcome.  🙂  

 Sweet & Spicy Magic Syrup
(For Coughs and Sore Throats)

sweet & spicy magic syrup for coughs & sore throats

1/4 teaspoon Cayenne
1/4 teaspoon Ginger
1 Tablespoon Raw, Organic Apple Cider Vinegar
2 Tablespoon Warm Water
2-3 Tablespoon Local, Raw Honey

  In a small, clean 4 oz. jar, dissolve cayenne and ginger in apple cider vinegar and water. Add honey and shake well.

  Take 1-2 Tablespoons, as needed, for cough or sore throat. Shake well each time.  Does not need to be refrigerated if using in a few days time.

  For children 2 and up, adjust dosaging per weight.  My 10-year-old will take 2 teaspoons, one down each side of her throat, but my 3-year-old would do say 1/2 tsp down each side.

  Do NOT give to a child under a year because of the honey. 

  As with anything, you as the mother, have to make decisions for your child based on your knowledge of their weight, health and normal behavior.

  As for me, this will be used at our home over and over, for both coughs and sore throats.  I have given you lots of other ideas too, in those first posts I linked.  It never hurts to mix things  up and try different combos until you find what works best for your family!

Get well soon,

Tonya

Being A 5 Loaves & 2 Fishes Mom

 John 6:5-13

Jesus soon saw a huge crowd of people coming to look for him. Turning to Philip, he asked, “Where can we buy bread to feed all these people?”  He was testing Philip, for he already knew what he was going to do. Philip replied, “Even if we worked for months, we wouldn’t have enough money to feed them!”  Then Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, spoke up. “There’s a young boy here with five barley loaves and two fish. But what good is that with this huge crowd?”  “Tell everyone to sit down,” Jesus said. So they all sat down on the grassy slopes. (The men alone numbered about 5,000.)  Then Jesus took the loaves, gave thanks to God, and distributed them to the people. Afterward he did the same with the fish. And they all ate as much as they wanted.  After everyone was full, Jesus told his disciples, “Now gather the leftovers, so that nothing is wasted.” So they picked up the pieces and filled twelve baskets with scraps left by the people who had eaten from the five barley loaves.

5 loaves and 2 fish

Have you ever stopped and thought about the Mom in the above story?

I think we can learn a lot from her.

I think it’s time we stop worrying about using perfect moments to teach our kids about God, and start using those God-designed moments perfectly, according to His plan.

To equip our kids each day before they leave our home, and let God do the rest.    

  So, what IS a 5 Loaves & 2 Fish Mom?  

Come on over to Marathon Mom and find out…

~T

Fire Safety & Chicken Verde with Chile Cream Sauce

Have you guys talked to your kiddos about Fire Safety?

It’s one of those subjects that is no fun to talk about, but very very important!  It’s kinda like making a Will, it’s stuff you don’t want to have to think about, but when its all said and done, you feel a LOT safer knowing it’s in place.

The first thing we did when talking about Fire Safety, was pick a spot to meet in case of a house fire.

For us, it’s a big tree out front, by the driveway gate.  The second thing we did was go into each child’s room and talk about what it would be like if there was a fire in our home: the smoke filled room, the blaring fire alarm.  Our kids each share a room with their younger sibling, so the older child was instructed to get the younger child and help them get below the smoke line.  There is a space just above the floor where no smoke hangs.

We talked about crawling to the door and feeling the knob, if it’s not hot….

Get LOW and GO!  Head out to the tree!

If the door knob feels hot, do NOT open the door, that means fire is nearby.  Open the window and breathe fresh air while you wait for someone to come get you, or we talked about breaking the screen and carefully helping little brother or sister out before crawling out and running up front to the meeting tree.

We talked about this and practiced several times.  It may not be perfect, but it’s what we’ve got.

Have you had this convo with your children?  Not just talking, but doing an actual run through?

I was contacted by Home Security System and asked if I would share their Fire Safety Packet for Kids with you.  It’s cute, fun and colorful, but covers important fire safety info.

Fire Safety Word Search

Head on over to their site to download your free activity packet now, and while you fill it out, talk about your plan for safety!

On to the food:

Looking for a simple Mexican Supper?  Then you’ve come to the right place!  Savory chicken, creamy chile sauce with just a hint of lime, all served over your favorite Mexican Rice.

Chicken Verde with Chile Cream Sauce

{click title for easy printable}

Chicken Verde

Ingredients

  • 4 whole {up To 6} Chicken Breasts
  • 1 teaspoon Cumin
  • Salt, Pepper, Garlic To Taste
  • 1 can (10 Oz) Cream Of Chicken Soup
  • ½ cups Water
  • 1 can 4 Oz Chopped Green Chiles
  • 1 teaspoon {up To 2} Lime Juice
  • ¼ cups Sour Cream
  • 2 boxes {8 Oz Each} Mexican Rice, Cooked According To Package Directions

Preparation Instructions

Season chicken on both sides with salt, pepper, garlic powder and cumin. Heat skillet, cook chicken until browned. Add soup, water, chilies and lime juice. Heat to a boil. Cook over low heat 15 minutes or until done.
Stir in sour cream and heat through. Serve over Mexican Rice with Chile Cream sauce over all.

Makes 4-6 servings.

Enjoy!

~T

Tortellini Chili & Cheesy Fondue Bread

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