Nothing good can be said about having an upper respiratory infection. Last month, I was nursing a pretty rotten one. Mercifully, the home and herbal remedies that brought me relief didn't inflict more suffering with insipid and bitter flavors. In fact, the home remedies I concocted with teas and extracts from the shop pantry were delicious and comforting.
- For a dry cough, try Bluestem Botanicals Thyme Simple Syrup. Thyme is known to relieve smooth muscle spasms making it an excellent natural cough suppressant. As a tasty way to suppress an annoying dry cough, I mix a tablespoon of thyme simple syrup and a tablespoon of honey into a cup of Orange Cranberry Rooibos tea. (Bonus: the flavor also reminds me of Thanksgiving. It's comfort in a cup!)
- For a sinus infection, try Bluestem Botanicals Ginger Simple Syrup. Not only is ginger excellent for clearing sinuses, as an antimicrobial, it may help shorten duration of an infection.* Use a tablespoon of ginger simple syrup in a hot toddy made with hot water, whisky, honey, and a slice of lemon. Or make a delicious, seasonal mocktail version by substituting the whisky with our malty Apple Cinnamon French Toast tea.
- For seasonal allergies, try Bluestem Botanicals Spicy Turmeric Simple Syrup. The curcumin found in turmeric is shown to reduce histamine response and inflammation. Mix 1-2 tablespoons of spicy turmeric simple syrup in your favorite warm milk or tea before bedtime or anytime.
- To breathe easier, try Sweet Mint + Lime + Eucalyptus Shower Steamers. These long-lasting shower steamers instantly turn the steam of your shower into a therapeutic spa to clear sinuses, loosen mucus, and have you breathing easy again.
- For ongoing immune support, try Bluestem Botanicals Botanical Extracts. During fall and winter, we carry tasty, immune-boosting persimmon extract (rich in Vitamin C) and elderberry extract (purported to have antiviral properties). Drop these delicious alcohol-free extracts directly onto your tongue or use them to add flavor to water, yogurt, tea, cocktails, mocktails, and more.
* Always follow the advice of healthcare professionals in the treatment of any medical condition or illness.