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Here’s how to make a DIY Lemsip from your cupboard

Here’s the current NHS advice on taking ibuprofen during the coronavirus pandemic:

“There is currently no strong evidence that ibuprofen can make coronavirus (COVID-19) worse. But until we have more information, take paracetamol to treat the symptoms of coronavirus, unless your doctor has told you paracetamol is not suitable for you. If you are already taking ibuprofen or another non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) on the advice of a doctor, do not stop taking it without checking first.”1

As it’s not clear whether anti-inflammatories are a good idea to take at this time, you need something to deal with symptoms! Luckily, nature has all the tools you need to make you feel better, and you may have them in your cupboard already.

  1. First, make a cup of herbal tea. Try using herbs that have antiviral properties. The list includes: oregano, sage, basil, fennel, garlic, lemon balm, peppermint, rosemary, echinacea, elderberry, liquorice, astragalus, ginger, ginseng, dandelion.2
  2. If you already have tea containing any of these herbs in your cupboard, great! If not, you can buy some here. Or, just use loose herbs from your spice cupboard. Simply take 1 TBSP of dried herb and make tea with it. You can use an infuser teapot, or just pop the dried herbs into a pan with 3 cups of water, simmer for 15 minutes, and strain the herbs out before drinking.
  3. Pour yourself one mug of tea, and add the juice of half a lemon. Save the rest to drink throughout the day – warm the tea by adding additional hot water.
  4. Add 1 TBSP honey, and stir until dissolved. Don’t worry about using manuka honey – a lot of it is fake anyway.3 If you can get Scottish heather honey, that’s great – it’s just as medicinal as manuka, and it’s UK-local.4 If you can’t get heather honey, try to source raw honey, as it retains more beneficial nutrients and antioxidants. Do not use raw honey if you are pregnant, or give it to children under age 1. And if you can’t source raw honey, any honey will do!

Drink and enjoy! ; )

Here’s some #goodnews for you

A 95-year-old grandmother became the oldest person in Italy to recover from the coronavirus.

Alma Clara Corsini was admitted to a hospital near Modena in the north of Italy on March 5 and despite her advanced age managed to fight off Covid-19 without the help of antiviral medication.

“I’m fine, I’m absolutely fine,” she told local media, praising the doctors and nurses who helped her recover. “They were wonderful, the people who looked after me.” She has since returned home.

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If you have any good news or good ideas, please send it in! We’re collating it all on our good news & good ideas page, here.

Stay well!



  1. NHS - "Self-isolation if you or someone you live with has symptoms".
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  2. Healthline - "15 Impressive Herbs with Antiviral Activity". Written by Jillian Kubala, MS, RD on October 21, 2019
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  3. Daily Mail - "Is your superfood honey FAKE? Experts reveal that three times more jars of healing manuka are sold around the world than being produced in New Zealand". Written by Maybelle Morgan on May 4, 2015
    link to article
  4. Daily Mail - "Scottish honey 'is as good at healing as manuka': Heather variety could offer cheaper alternative". October 2, 2013
    link to article

10 thoughts on “Here’s how to make a DIY Lemsip from your cupboard

  1. just to say thank you for your very informative messages. I am one of the 1million+ who have received a letter, trust my kefir will do the trick, love it in the morning before breakfast.

    1. Hi Carole,

      We are so glad to hear that you are enjoying the blog posts. We hope that you are keeping safe and well 🙂

      Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if there’s anything we can help with.

      Best wishes,

  2. Hi Shann and all, thankyou for lemsip recipe and my supply of kefir which arrived today! I know this will give me a boost. Take care all of you and thankyou for keeping us going in these mad times…much love to you all and stay safe..xx

    1. Hi Jane,

      Thank you very much for your kind words! We hope that you are keeping safe and well 🙂

      Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if there’s anything we can help with.

      Best wishes,

  3. I already use honey and lemon regularly as I am one of the unfortunate women who suffers several times a year from cystitis and I am constantly searching natural healers, I was recommended to try lemon and honey by a lady suffers the same thing I was spending a small fortune trying out different natural healers, as antibiotics don’t work for me I suffer many side effects.
    I was sceptical at first could something so simple work, well it does for me, at the moment as I live in Spain I wouldn’t know If my surgery is open or what their emergergency number is, having this lemon drink takes all the worry away.
    I would recommend any woman to try it and see.
    Barbara Douek…….so greatfull to Shann and the goats for the kefir.

    1. Hi Barbara,

      That’s incredible – we’re big fans of a DIY Lemsip on the farm. 😉

      An alternative to help with cystitis, we’d recommend a natural herb called Uva Ursi, you can find more information here:

      The one we recommend is from Baldwins, you can find it here:

      Take 20g of the herb, pour 8oz freshly boiled water over it and soak for 20 minutes. Strain the herbs out, and drink the liquid. Repeat once daily for 5 days only.

      Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if there’s anything else we can help with. 😊

      Best wishes,

    1. Hi Sue,

      Thank you very much for your comment – we hope that you are keeping safe and well 🙂

      Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if there’s anything we can help with.

      Best wishes,

    1. Hi Rosy,

      We are so glad to hear that you love the blog posts!

      Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if there’s anything we can help with 🙂

      Best wishes,

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