Many thanks to Samantha Quinn from Mumma Love Organics for creating and sharing this recipe
During pregnancy, your body works hard to deliver vital nutrients to your growing baby, and sometimes that can mean your own immune system takes a bit of a battering in the process. Unfortunately, pregnancy is a time where many over the counter medications are not always recommended, and those that you are able to take you might want to avoid anyway. This is a time to nurture your baby and protect your body as much as you can, rather than swamp it with chemicals.
Natural Mumma’s homemade cough syrup has been designed specifically for mums to be. It’s cheaper than shop bought remedies and as it only contains natural ingredients it’s much kinder to your body- and probably more effective too.
To make the syrup you need:
- 1 small jar
- A juicer
- A glass bowl
- A whisk
- Half a small red onion
- Manuka honey
- 1 fresh lemon
- olive oil
To make the syrup, simply:
- slice the onion in half and pop into the juicer. Process until liquid.
- Then take one tablespoon onion juice, add seven tablespoons Manuka honey and mix well in a large bowl.
- Squeeze the juice from one lemon into the mixture, taking care to stir as you do.
- Finally add one teaspoon of cinnamon and two tablespoons of olive oil, then whisk well.
- After a few minutes your syrup will be combined, and ready to pour into a jar.
- Make sure the lid is air tight and your syrup can be stored in the fridge for up to a month, or in a cupboard for around 3 weeks.
Please note that due to it’s properties, honey should not be given to children under the age of two.
Why is Natural Mumma’s homemade cough syrup so effective?
The reason why this cough syrup works so well is all down to the natural ingredients we use. Not only are there no chemicals to upset the natural balance of your body, but there are no nasty artificial flavours or colours either, so you know it’s perfectly safe to take during your pregnancy. Each of the ingredients have super powers…
Red onion: this super ingredient helps to strengthen the immune system just when you need it to, and also works as a natural antibiotic and anti-inflammatory supplement- so mucus is softened during a cold.
Honey: we cannot sing the praises of honey enough, and use it regularly for so many different reasons. In this cough syrup it works to soothe your itchy and irritated throat. Honey is a natural anti-viral and anti-bacterial agent with incredible healing properties and Manuka honey is the best variety out there. Methylglyoxal is the major antibacterial component in Manuka honey and which it’s also found in other types, but not in the same quantities. Honey also gives the syrup a naturally sweet taste, eliminating the need for refined sugar.
Cinnamon: this spice is a natural antibiotic and gives a warming flavour to the syrup.
Lemon: another super ingredient! Full of vitamin C, the lemon juice helps to boost your immune system and it’s a natural antiseptic too so helps to target sore throats and stuffy noses. The naturally occurring acids in lemons also help to loosen mucus and soothe your throat from inflammation.
Olive oil: this ingredient is regarded as essential in the diet of pregnant and nursing women because it has vast nutritional and healing properties. It has been used in the east for centuries and because it’s packed with vitamins, antioxidants and other phytonutrients its a vital part of this cough syrup too.
All of the ingredients used in Natural Mumma’s cough syrup compliment each other and work to target your cold quickly and effectively. It’s quick to make and you can get all of the ingredients easily and cheaply too. Alongside the cough syrup, make sure you drink plenty of water to keep your body hydrated, and rest as much as you can. Having a cold is not pleasant at the best of times, but when you’re pregnant it can make you feel quite poorly quite quickly. You will need to focus all of your energy into recuperating as best you can, so don’t be afraid to bow out of commitments for a day or two if you can.
You can find Mumma Love Organics’ recipe for Natural Bottom Balm on our youtube channel: