An excellent way to treat the flu or a cold, as well as relieve a cough with phlegm, is to drink a homemade carrot syrup with honey and lemon. The carrot has expectorant and antioxidant properties, these naturally help combat respiratory conditions.
In addition to carrots, the honey in this mixture is considered antiseptic, expectorant and calming, also helping to expel phlegm, clean the airways and calm the irritation caused by coughing. The lemon acts as an antibacterial and antiseptic, allowing to relieve inflammation and sore throat.
Carrot and honey syrup for flu
This syrup is easy to prepare at home and for this you need:
- 1 grated carrot;
- 1/2 lemon;
- 2 tablespoons of sugar;
- 1 spoonful of honey (include only in children over 1 year old)
Grate the carrot or cut it into very thin slices, place this on a plate and sprinkle the sugar over it. To enhance the effect of this remedy, add 1/2 lemon squeezed and 1 tablespoon of honey on the carrot as well.
Honey should not be ingested by children less than 1 year of age, due to the risk of botulism. In this case, simply remove the honey from the recipe and the syrup will have the same effect.
The plate should left stand for a few minutes. When the carrot begins to release its own natural juice it’s ready to be consumed.
The recommendation is to take 2 tablespoons of this syrup per day. But bare in mind that this syrup does contain a large amount of sugar, so this may be contradicted in people who have diabetes.
Benefits of this carrot syrup
The ingredients of this carrot syrup are great for:
- Strengthening the immune system: This is because the mixture is rich in antioxidants and vitamin C;
- Remove phlegm from the throat: Due to it’s expectorant nature;
- Relieve cough: This is because this natural flue syrup cleanses the throat;
- Fights the flu, and the cold: Due to its ability to eliminate nasal mucus, throat and lungs.
In addition to this, this syrup has a pleasant taste, and is easily tolerated by children.
A good time to take this syrup is in the morning and after meals, since the glycemic index doesn’t increase as fast during these time, thus avoiding any feelings of hunger afterwards.