Winter Medicine Chest

Prepare your Winter Medicine Chest

Keep these things in your fridge or Pantry over winter, to help with the first signs of any illness.

Follow these easy step by step instructions to create your Winter Medicine Chest.

Lets start with the key ingredients that you already probably have in your pantry and how you can use them to keep away the winter sickness blues.

Step 1 – Download your Winter Medicine Chest shopping list here

Shopping List

Mark off the ingredients you have so you know what you need to get

Step 2 – Buy the ingredients

Buy any ingredients you don’t have and add them to your fridge or pantry. You might even like to start growing them in your garden or in posts so that you have them on hand when you need them.

Step 3 – Learn how to use them

Read on…

Food ingredients for your Winter Medicine Chest <hyperlink to Food Ingredients section>

Tissue Salts for your Winter Medicine chest. <hyperlink to Tissue Salts Section>


Food Ingredients for Your Pantry

Onion –

Do you cry when you peel an onion? Guess what, that is due to the Sulphur and other active ingredients that help to move fluids, and open the airways. It also helps to clear block tear ducts. It is even used to treat the watery runny eyed colds, especially when tears or runny noses leave red acidic streaks on the skin.  Onion is great for keeping the respiratory tract open, moving phlegm or fluids and is great to settle coughs. It is high in Sulphur so very cleansing for all the yellow systems of the body like liver, kidneys and urinary tract.

How do you use it?


French Onion Soup

In France, French Onion Soup or “Soupe a l oignon gratinee” was made in big pots in Les Halles, the fruit and vegetable markets that used to be in the centre of Paris. At the end of a busy day, the market traders would call into one of the numerous cafes or bars and have a bowl of Onion Soup to revive them.

It may not look beautiful, but it is warming, sustaining, and a favourite in our house in winter. My kids ask for it most weeks in winter, and a bowl (or two) not only fills them up, but also fights off any impending “winter bugs and lurgies”

Garlic – keeps more than the vampires away
Garlic – it is anti-viral, has antibiotic and antiseptic qualities.

Garlic cloves have been used for generations to keep away infection. It is a powerful natural antibiotic.

How do you use it?

Add it to a honey and lemon drink

Add it to Kick a Germ juice

Add it to a fresh juice with parsley, carrot, apple, celery for added germkilling bite

Rub it on the bottom of feet before going to bed at the start of a cold . (Make sure you put old socks on to stop it staining the sheets) it draws out the infection. Strange but true….


– has strong antibacterial and antiviral properties, and is also an anti-inflammatory.  It is hot when eaten raw, but in hot water or in cooking it is fine.

How do you use it?

Add it to a honey and lemon drink

Add it to kick a germ juice

Add it to fresh juice or smoothie.

Add it to your meal in a stirfy, or as a flavor.



– has antibacterial, antimicrobial and antiseptic properties. It is always better to buy local honey at your farmer’s market, and avoid buying in the supermarket unless you know the brand is real honey and not half glucose syrup!

*Do not give honey to children under 2 years old.

Lemon and Limes

– high in vitamin C, and are known to speed up the body’s ability to heal, and build resistance to colds and flu bugs.



– my favourite chilli is the Cayenne chilli.  It is so easy to grow, and I alway have a plant in my garden.  These chilli’s get hotter the longer you leave them on the bush.  It is hard to give to a child, as they generally don’t like the heat of the chilli, however a small pinch can still help.  Cayenne is a stimulant, and has anti-microbial properties. It can be used to prevent colds and it is known to shorten the duration of an illness.

How do you use it

  • Add it to kick a germ juice
  • Add a pinch to a casserole or meat dish to help with the digestion and clear out the respiratory tract.



– another must grow herb in your garden. Thyme has antimicrobial, antibacterial, antiviral, expectorant, and astringent properties that are hard to beat. A wonderful healing herb. It is excellent for any winter illness.

How do you use it?

Add it to every stew and casserole that you make in winter


Chicken Soup

An old fashioned remedy but one that seems to make a difference. Each week make a big pot of Chicken Soup

You can eat fresh or freeze for later in the week.  A good hearty meal with many health benefits.