Homestead Medicine Cabinet: Flax jelly for sore throats
Flax Jelly has been used as a medicinal remedy for sore throats for generations. It’s a must-have for your homestead medicine cabinet. Learn how to make this for your family to help with chest congestion, cough and sore throat.
It’s a beautiful sunny day today. It seems brighter with the sunlight reflected on the snow. The wind is blowing quite strongly and it’s blowing in freshness and life. It’s been kind of dark since Solstice and I love to see the sunlight again. Lots of my friends are sick right now. It’s cold and flu season around here and lack of sunlight is a huge factor in the weakening of our Canadian immune systems. I hope you are taking vitamin D3. I take 5 tablets a day to keep my immune system working in top shape.
When you do get sick, flax jelly is a great remedy for the cough, sore throat, and the generally cough-hackiness of flu season. Here’s the recipe. You can print it out using the button at the bottom of the post and save it for when you need it.
Flax Jelly Recipe
Flax jelly is the oldest herbal remedy known. It has stood the test of time. It helps with chest congestion, cough, and sore throat. Make it just before you consume it. It thickens as it cools.
Ingredients for one serving:
- 2 tablespoons of whole flaxseed
- 1 cup of water
- 1 teaspoon honey
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
1. Using a medium saucepan, bring the water and flaxseed to a boil, then simmer for 5 minutes.
2. Strain immediately and reserve the clear liquid in a teacup.
3. To the teacup, add one teaspoon of honey and 1 teaspoon of lemon juice.
4. Drink it down immediately, before it gets too thick.
Flax jelly is the oldest herbal remedy known. It has stood the test of time. It helps with chest congestion, cough and sore throat.
- 2 tbsp. whole flax seed
- 1 cup of water
- 1 tsp Honey
- 1 tsp Lemon Juice
- Bring water and flax seed to a boil and simmer for 5 min.
- Strain immediately and reserve the clear liquid.
- Mix in honey and lemon juice.
- Drink immediately, before it cools down and thickens
Make it just before you consume it. It thickens as it cools. If it cools too much the consistency is similar to egg whites, it is preferable to drink quite hot.
If you let it cool too much flaxseed jelly takes on the consistency of egg whites. Certainly not pleasant, but it is medicine and it doesn’t taste bad. It does help with the symptoms of a sore throat, cough and chest congestion. Mr. Joybilee says, “You get used to it.” Your children may not appreciate it cooled.
The actions of flaxseed are:
- demulcent (soothes),
- anti-tussive (prevents coughing),
- emollient, and
- vulnerary(wound healing).
You can also use flax jelly without the honey and lemon, as an egg white substitute in baking, or as an aftershave lotion. You can also take the jelly and seeds together in a cotton cloth and use it externally as a warm plaster over the chest, to reduce congestion.
Other herbs you can take for a cold or flu:
Willow Bark (for the aches and fever)
To find out more things you can do with flax check out these other posts from Joybilee Farm
This isn’t an exhaustive list. What’s your favorite natural remedy for colds and flu? Share it in the comments.
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