Its Fall Ya’ll! Bring on that wonderful drop in humidity, cozy sweaters and root veggies. The first few days of fall weather in NOLA are by far my most favorite time in the year. The one thing that can spoil it for me is getting sick. Last year my family was unfortunate to endure both strep throat and the flu during the month of October so this year I took extra precaution to boost our immunity during the seasonal shift. I wanted to share few of my immune boosting go to’s with you today to help your family stay healthy so you can get outside and enjoy this wonderful weather!!
1 cup of boiling filtered water
1 Tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar
Juice of one lemon
1 teaspoon of Honey
Dash of Cayenne pepper
Click each picture to learn more about each ingredients immune boosting properties:
Honey – Honey is antibacterial so it helps you fight off any cold bugs that you may encounter. I use honey in a couple of additional way in addition to my morning tonic. If I am sick I chop up a clove of garlic and mix it with a spoon full of honey. This potent mixture is natures best anti-biotic. My daughter is not a fan of sore throat lozenges so instead I make her a mixture of a tablespoon of honey mix with the juice of one lemon to take every couple of hours when battling a sore throat. Taking local honey daily also helps boost antihistamine levels and ward off seasonal allergies.
Cayenne – This one is not for the faint of heart but in addition to adding this to my morning tonic, I have been known to gargle with cayenne pepper. About once a year despite my best immune boosting efforts I come down with laryngitis. This remedy helps me get my voice back in no time. Just mix a SMALL amount in water a gargle. It might sting a bit at first but it is worth it. This works wonders!
Lemons sourced from Traders Joe's currently but I'm hoping they'll make an appearance at The Gretna's Farmers Market soon.
I source my honey locally from Fleur de Bees. You can catch them weekly at the Gretna's Farmer's Market on Saturday morning.
I use Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar.
I use New Orleans own Zatarains Cayenne Pepper
Well there you have it five simple ways to I'm boosting immunity this fall. Let me know in the comments below if you've tried any of these before.