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Cold & Flu Busting Elixir

Step away from the NyQuil there’s a better way. This Cold & Flu Busting Elixir is a natural way to kill that flu.

cold & flu busting elixir

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 When I was growing up my mom’s remedy for cold and flu was honey and lime. At the first sign of a cold, usually a sore throat, she would whip up the little concoction. I have taken that as my base and turbo boosted it with some powerful antioxidants to create this Cold & Flu Busting Elixir. What is an elixir? An elixir is a clear, sweet-flavored liquid used for medicinal purposes, to be taken orally and intended to cure one’s ills. Source Wikipedia.

The most difficult part of making this elixir is combining the Organic Raw Honey with the citrus juices especially if your honey is practically solid like mine was. You have two options. Shake it vigorously in a bottle to combine, consider it your arm workout for the day. Or you can cheat and give it a blitz in your blender.

cold & flu busting elixir

 When my hubby saw me making this he asked, ‘who has a cold?’ My response, ‘No one yet and I’d like to keep it that way’

I recommend you be pre-emptive also and take a tablespoon of this Cold & Flu Busting Elixir daily. If you’re already feeling a bit under the weather get a blanket, brew a pot of your favourite tea and breathe. The cold aint got nothing on ya.

cold & flu busting elixir


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Ingredients Highlight

Honey – Anti-bacterial, anti-fungal
Ginger – Immune boosting
Garlic – Antibacterial and Antiviral properties
Lemon – High in Vitamin C
Lime – High in Vitamin C
Cinnamon – Contains large amounts of highly potent polyphenol antioxidants. May reduce inflammation, has antioxidant effects, and fights bacteria

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Cold & Flu Busting Elixir
  • Juice of 3 lemons
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • ½ cup raw honey
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1 inch knob of ginger, peeled
  1. Combine honey with lemon and lime juice in a glass bottle. Shake vigorously or blitz in a blender.
  2. Squash the garlic and ginger with the blade of a knife, just to bruise it and to release their juices.
  3. Add the ginger, garlic and cinnamon stick to the honey mixture.
  4. Keep the elixir in the refrigerator. Take a tablespoon each day.

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  • Reply
    October 26, 2016 at 8:13 pm

    I did your elixir recipe last night. I had the flu for three days prior to reading the article. I did not have lemon. I had sour oranges and i said what the heck, so i went for it. Besides, i couldn’t drive to the store. I woke up feeling different. the runny nose is gone along with the thick phlegm. I have to say it worked for me–back to work today!

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      October 26, 2016 at 9:19 pm

      I’m really happy to hear that this elixir worked for you!Wishing you a speedy recovery 🙂

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    October 31, 2015 at 10:30 pm

    Hi Krys,

    Just made this elixir last week as I actually got the cold. As I am still nursing I didn’t want to take any medication at all but still needed something! And this was the best thing I have done cause the cold got through whithin 3 days no kidding!! Clean out everything so quick I couldn’t believe! Usually with medication it always lasted a week…(!) so thanks for this tresure elixir love it a lot!! Tastes really good too!! (Could eat the whole bottle at once….😊) but yes, I took 3 tbl spoon a day…

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      November 1, 2015 at 10:12 am

      So happy to hear the elixir worked for you Barbara! You can continue to take it once a day to build up your immune system. Wishing you a healthy bug free winter! 😀😀

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    October 13, 2015 at 6:21 am

    I see all the positives in all of your “potions”, but I don’t see the full recipe. How much of what, goes into making these? Is there. Site for this?

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      October 13, 2015 at 8:17 am

      Hello Ann, I’m a little confused by your question. All ingredients and measurements are in the recipe section at the end of the post.

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    October 8, 2015 at 12:05 am

    Hi Krystal,
    It’s getting to be that time of year again! I am not a big essential oIl user, but I have some. I was wondering if you know much about them and if you could substitute either the lemon or lime (I know you need some liquid to mix this together) with the essential oil. Or use all the juice and substitute the essential oils for the ginger and/or cinnamon? Thanks! – I love your site!😀

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    January 16, 2015 at 3:14 pm

    Perfect Krystal! Will make the elixir soon. So far we all have been lucky no one got sick yet. But winter is far fro being over here in MA.

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      January 16, 2015 at 3:34 pm

      That’s great no one’s ill Sandra! Winters can seem never ending.

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    January 14, 2015 at 8:31 am

    I am making this today… We definitely could do with some immune boosting. Love the ingredients 😀 Hope the kids will love it as well.

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      January 14, 2015 at 11:41 am

      Thank you Soja! I think they’ll like it. The cinnamon and honey do a real good job of masking the other flavours. If you try it as is and they don’t like it, make a batch minus the garlic and see how that sits with them.

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    Kostas Pap
    January 13, 2015 at 5:20 pm

    Well done Krystal, good job! A great home remedy, with the best ingredients, to boost immune system! Love this! 🙂

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      January 13, 2015 at 6:26 pm

      Thank you Kostas. We all need it , especially this time of year!

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    January 13, 2015 at 2:00 pm

    Hi Krystal, this is perfect timing! We can’t shake this cold and cough, so need some cold busting super elixir for sure! I was just wondering how long will it keep in the fridge. Also, are the limes essential, or can you substitue lemon? Thanks – and gorgeous photos, by the way! Rita

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      January 13, 2015 at 2:12 pm

      Hi Rita this should keep in the fridge for at least a month maybe more. All of the elements are high in antioxidants which will prevent it from going ‘off’ You can replace the limes with more lemons yes. Limes just give it a more ‘tropical’ flavour.. 🙂 Get well soon!

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