Cure the Cough Before Spring Break: How to Fight the Funk to Feel Great on Vacation
If you’ve been sneezing all winter, it’s time to cure the crud. Although a little sand and salt water can instantly make you feel better, beat the everlasting winter virus before you leave for your spring break vacation so you don’t have to sniffle under your sun hat, shiver under your swimsuit or chill under your cover up. Here’s a concoction to get you into tip-top shape.
Elderberry Syrup You can buy pre-made elderberry syrup at the store, but you’ll want a hefty jar of this jewel-toned treat to boost the whole family’s immune system. Buy a bag of dried black elderberries online or at your local health-food shop to whip up this flu-busting indulgence.
What you need: 2/3 cup dried black elderberries
4 cups water
2 T fresh ginger, chopped into a few large chunks
1 tsp (or a couple of sticks) cinnamon
½ tsp cloves (ground or whole)
1 cup raw honey (local if you can find it)
What to do: In a medium pot, combine berries with the water, ginger, cinnamon and cloves. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer, uncovered, for about 45 minutes or until the liquid has decreased by half. You’ll be able to see the residue on the inside of the pot to gauge how much water has evaporated. Smash the berries with a potato masher or the back of a spoon, then pass the mixture through a fine mesh strainer, pressing on the berries to extract as much liquid as possible. Pour into a quart-sized mason jar and allow the mixture to come to room temperature. When cooled, add the honey and mix until it’s dissolved.
Voila! You have a homemade, delicious remedy. Take a tablespoon a day to keep up your immunity when you’re not sick, and ramp it up to a tablespoon every few hours when you are combating an illness. (Kids take one teaspoon). You can even spoon it over pancakes, add it to your afternoon tea or swirl it into club soda for a sparkling mocktail.
Make it early enough, and you’ll be running around in your rashguard in no time.