I’ve not been well for a few weeks – I got the dreaded swine flu! So my focus has been on using natural remedies (and some paracetamol!) to feel better. Honey and lemon tea is so soothing for a sore throat, but I wanted it to have more of a kick and contain some herbal goodness, so I first made up a jar of herbal honey with fresh and dried sage leaves from my garden and fresh ginger root. 1 teaspoon of the honey and 1 freshly squeezed lemon, plus boiled water, makes a delicious and healing hot drink.
I’ve taken a lot of echinacea tincture to boost my immune system, along with plenty of vitamin C, but I bought the tincture from the health shop, as I’ve been banned from digging up the echinacea root in our garden to make my own!
To help my cough, I made up a simple syrup using kitchen cupboard ingredients such as vinegar, honey and cayenne pepper to calm the cough and cut through phlem. For the recipe, see my tutorial in the Christmas edition of UK Handmade magazine, out the beginning of December.