It’s about that time of year again. Yup, you guessed it! Flu season. Let’s face it, nobody enjoys getting sick much less going to the doctors to get prescription drugs. So… what if you could harness the power of nature and use ingredients that you can grow in your own backyard? The trick is what and how. And that’s why you’re reading this recipe! I’m going to show you how to make the best ever, anti-everything flu bomb syrup. This syrup will arrest the progression of your flu before it even has a chance to begin. Let’s go!
Flu Bomb Syrup Health Benefits
First, the Roots
Garlic is an all-star antibiotic, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, and anti-fungal. Yes, it’s amazing! In fact, a 2012 study from Washington State University demonstrated 100x more efficacy for garlic than two generic antibiotics against Campylobacter bacterium, a common intestinal microbe. (1) Allicin, the active component in garlic, is activated through an enzymatic process when crushed that continues when combined in the raw honey for enhanced effectiveness. (2)
Next up, onion! A study conducted on onions revealed that “the onion extracts possess an effect on all test bacterial strains … and the effects were bactericidal against cultured and resting bacterial cells.” (3) Further research showed that onions worked effective against even strains of bacteria that were resistant even to antibiotics, such as MRSA. (4)
Ginger and turmeric are like two sides of the same coin or, in this case, the same family. Specifically, evidence has confirmed that the popular, yellow-colored turmeric root has powerful immune-modulating capabilities by enhancing and activating the white blood cells in the blood. (5) Ginger also contains the heroic ability to help treat nausea, pain, inflammation, and ward off infection and thus bolster the immune system. (6)
Second, the Herbs
The herbs in this syrup – oregano, peppermint, melissa, and lovage – also play key roles in defending us against unwanted visitors. Oregano, for instance, is a fantastic antimicrobial against a wide array of pathogens and the richest herb in the minerals zinc, a key nutrient for immune support. (7) Peppermint and Melissa (also known as Lemon balm) have proven to be excellent antibacterial herbs, able to destroy emerging pathogens. (8, 9)
Quercetin, a compound common in these herbs, has strong antiviral effects, as well. For example, recent clinical trials show that Covid 19 virus patients have positive recovery benefits when taking quercetin compared to standard care. (10) And lovage leaves are the second highest source in nature for this amazing compound. As an important bonus, quercetin also acts as a zinc ionophore to enhance cellular uptake of the mineral. (11, 12)
Third, the Liquids
The pineapple juice serves as a rich source of proteolytic enzymes (bromelain) to help reduce inflammation and cut down mucus production. (13) The eucalyptus essential oil will not only serve as potent decongestant, but its main constituent, 1,8-cineole, shows antimicrobial effects. This EO acts against a broad spectrum of viruses, fungi, and bacteria, working primarily upon the increase activity of phagocytes. (14)
In addition to its own health benefits, the delicious honey also helps to mask the rather potent effects that come with these powerful botanicals. After all, who knew medicine could taste so sweet!
Anti-Everything Flu Bomb Syrup
- 24 oz. of Raw Honey (ideally Manuka UMF 20+)
- 1 large bulb Raw Garlic (crushed)
- ½ cup of Raw Ginger Root (finely chopped)
- ½ cup of Raw Turmeric Root (finely chopped)
- 1 large Raw Red Onion (cubed chopped)
- ½ cup Fresh White Pine Needles (finely chopped)
- ¼ cup of Fresh Oregano leaf (finely chopped)
- ¼ cup of Fresh Peppermint leaf (finely chopped)
- ¼ cup of Fresh Melissa leaf (finely chopped)
- ¼ cup of Fresh Lovage leaf (finely chopped)
- Raw Juice of 1 large Lemon
- ¼ cup Raw Pineapple Juice
- 10 drops Eucalyptus Oil (organic and therapeutic grade)
- 1/4 tsp Cayenne Pepper powder
Be sure the honey is thick and truly raw. The best antibiotic content is Manuka Honey with a UMF 20+ rating or higher.
First, wash and dry all ingredients.
In a 32-oz. jar, layer the chopped leaves, veggies, needles, and lemon juice with a layer of honey in-between each ingredient. Let sit at room temperature (out of sunlight) until a syrup is formed, approximately 24-48 hours.
Then using a fine nut milk bag, strain the content of the jar. Pour into the bag and squeeze the syrup into a clean mason jar until every remnant of liquid is extracted and all the fibrous contents remain in the bag.
Next, add the cayenne pepper, eucalyptus oil, and pineapple juice to the extracted syrup. Stir vigorously until fully incorporated.
Store Flu Bomb Syrup in a cool cabinet for several months, or store for over a year in the fridge.
Take as needed — 1-2 Tbsps. at a time — especially at night