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Kids Herbal Honey Blend For Fighting Colds

November 21, 2014 – 8:52 pm

It’s that time of year again.

The season is changing, the air is getting cooler and wetter.

And everyone has the sniffles.

I wish I knew what it is about Fall that brings about the cold and flu. There’s something fascinating about how seasons affect our body’s balance.

As I whip up three batches of herbal honey for my three sick kiddos this morning, I thought I’d share the recipe with any of you who might be battling the same cold/flu symptoms. This herbal blend is good to take any time you’re dealing with a stuffy/runny nose, sore throat, cough, fever, body aches, and general flu-like symptoms.

These herbs won’t mask your symptoms. They will not make you feel better right away. But they will likely help boost your body’s immune response, lessening the length and severity of the virus.

I mix the herbs in honey so that the kids can swallow them easily. Plus, it tastes good to them and the honey acts as a medicinal as well, and is very soothing on sore throats. Adults and older children can take the same supplements in capsule form if preferred.

*Please note: I am not a doctor and this is not intended as medical advice. I am only sharing what I do to treat my family. The following supplements, however, were recommended to me by our family doctor.

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 Cold and Flu Defense Honey Herbal Blend

*Ages 2 and up

  • 500 mg. Vitamin C tablet
  • Echinacea Goldenseal Complex capsule
  • 150 mg. Olive Leaf Extract capsule
  • 16+ Organic Manuka Honey

(All of the supplements can be found at big-box stores in the pharmacy section. If you can find an organic alternative online or at a health food store, that would be best. I order Wedderspoon Manuka Honey 16+ from Amazon.)

Vitamin C dosage- My doctor recommended giving kids ages 2-4 years 1/2 tablet Vitamin C 250 mg. three times a day. He recommended for children ages 5-12 years Vit. C 250 mg. three times a day. He recommended that adults take 2000 mg. three times a day for 3 days.

Honey- I prefer to use Raw Organic Manuka honey for its medicinal properties. If you buy Manuka honey, you want to get 16+ or higher, otherwise you don’t get the medicinal properties you want. The next best thing would be raw local honey. Store bought honey works well for blending the herbs and helping them go down easier, but it won’t have the medicinal benefits of Manuka or local honey.

Olive Leaf Extract- My doctor recommended giving kids (ages 2-12) one 150 mg. capsule of olive leaf extract per day for four days. Adults should take 500-750 mg. Olive Leaf Extract two capsules twice a day for four days.

Here’s what I do for my kids…

herbal honey

First, I gather one Vitamin C 250 mg, one 150 mg. capsule of olive leaf extract, and one Echinacea Goldenseal Complex capsule.


Crush the vitamin C into a fine powder.


Break open the herb capsules,


and sprinkle them over the crushed vitamin C.


Drizzle honey over the powder. I use a tablespoon or so.

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Mix it all up and let your kids eat it with a spoon.

We take the herbal honey blend once a day to fight colds and flu.

Along with this protocol, I also restrict the sick child’s diet until they’re well again: no sugar, no dairy, no wheat- as all of these things can feed the mucus and make the symptoms worse. In addition, I give the children a tsp of Elderberry Syrup 3 times a day (or more if they’re really sick). This helps to support their immune systems and enables their bodies to fight off the virus more quickly. If they have a bad cough, I rub garlic oil over their chest and bottoms of their feet at bedtime. If they have sinus congestion, I rub Breathe Essential Oil over their chest and bottoms of their feet. Diffusing Breathe while you sleep is also a fantastic way to soothe the respiratory system.

I’m getting away from the honey herbal blend now, but it really is important to support your body in multiple ways while it fights off an infection or virus.

All of the above are things I do every time my children start to show symptoms of a cold coming on, and their discomfort rarely lasts longer than 3 days. Which is pretty reasonable.

Do you have a favorite protocol when your loved ones (or yourself) get sick?

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