Monday, June 17, 2013

Homemade Cough & Allergy Syrup

I stumbled upon this recipe for a homemade cough rsuppresant/allergy relief/expectorant on Pinterest (  Its pretty reddish-orange color caught my eye.

Homemade Cough & Allergy Syrup

In a small saucepan add 1 teaspoon ground ginger, 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper, 1 Tablespoon water, 1 Tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar, and 1Tablespoon honey.  (Local honey is preferred, as its properties will match up with your allergies.). Stir until the honey has melted.  Don't worry if everything doesn't incorporate completely.  Most likely it will appear a bit grainy like in the above photo.   Allow to cool.  Take 1 teaspoon as needed for cough and allergy relief.  

This is a very small batch, so you only need a small container with lid.  It should keep in your refrigerator for quite some time. 

I tried this tonight and it tasted really good.  It appears to be effective, as well.  It cleared my stuffiness and soothed my throat.

WORD OF WARNING:  Do NOT give this syrup to children under 1year of age!  Their systems cannot properly process the honey, and they can develop infant botulism, which can be fatal!

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Never Buy Body Scrub Again!

This is super easy and very inexpensive for the amount of product you have when you're finished.  

Homemade Body Scrub

4-pound sack of sugar 
1-pound box of Kosher salt
1 bottle of Dawn Hand Renewal liquid dish soap (your choice of color/scent - I used Pomegranate)

In a large bowl, pour small amounts of each ingredient and stir together using a large spoon.  Gradually add more of each ingredient and stir thoroughly.  Continue to add ingredients until you have used all of the sugar and salt, and the texture is similar to wet sand.  

Divide into smaller containers with tight-fitting lids.  Try to keep water out of the mixture when using, as it will make the product soupy.  

This should last a long time, as a little goes a long way.  It also makes a great gift when packaged in a pretty container.