Young girl with a tissue

Guest post by Beth McDonald.

As we head into the depths of winter we all know what’s ahead of us. Long, cold nights, shorter days and of course the inevitable germs that pass from kid to parent, parent to kid. We have months of endless coughs and sniffles no matter how prepared we are, it’s just part of the season.

If you are suffering from these germs, this little healthy home recipe is a great one you can use for anyone in the home (if you throw in something a little stronger). The honey soothes a cough, the cloves are a great natural way to numb any pain in the mouth or throat and of course lemon and hot water will give you a boost of vitamin C while warming you up.

Soothing Lemon drink

You’ll need:

  • 1 lemon
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 2 cloves
  • 1 cup hot water

Method:

  1. Dissolve the honey into the boiling water
  2. Add in the cloves and some lemon juice
  3. Taste and add more honey if needed to sweeten
  4. Cut a lemon slice for serving in the mug

 

This healthy home remedy will be a great tipple for you this winter – little and big people will enjoy the tastes and the all natural ingredients will help fight those germs.

And of course the best place to enjoy this drink is in the winter sunshine. If you can get outside and get some vitamin D on your back, some fresh air in your lungs you will make yourself feel so much better…just with this simple trick. Promise!

 

BabyMac Mug o’ goodness soup

In the dead of winter, sometimes you just need something that will make you feel better on the inside – warming you up, filling you with goodness and TASTE. This soup takes one minute to prepare and will leave you satisfied in the way that cup of soups are MEANT to, but rarely deliver on.

You’ll need:

  • 1 cup stock
  • 1 clove grated garlic
  • 1 knob grated ginger
  • 3-4 slices red chilli
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 3 drops sesame oil

Method:

  1. Throw all ingredients into a saucepan and bring to the boil.
  2. Pour into a mug and enjoy – add some coriander for some extra punch if you like!

 

And most importantly, at the end of all this cooking, be sure to help keep your home healthy by cleaning the kitchen to help remove the spread of germs.