How to boost your immunity?

While there is currently no cure for Coronavirus, we wanted to share some simple and sensible steps that everyone can take to help support their natural defences against viruses and other illnesses. We caught up with Jenya Di Pierro, herbalist and naturopath and founder of Cloud Twelve Club in Notting Hill Gate, who shares some of her favourite remedies.

Wet Cough syrup
Herbs for coughs are ideally taken in soothing syrups that coat and ‘stick’ to the respiratory tract. Syrups are palatable and are particularly useful for dry cough due to their ‘moisturizing’ properties.

Thyme and Sage are amazing respiratory herbs with antimicrobial and decongestant properties. They are my go-to for wet cough, excess mucus, sore throat and chest infections. Oregano is an all-round immune booster, while ginger is an anti-septic warming circulatory stimulant which enhances immunity by warming the body and moving the lymph.

You can use many other aromatic herbs, as they all contain volatile oils which have antimicrobial and antiviral properties – eucalyptus, chamomile, rosemary, cloves, turmeric, lemon balm and mint.

Make a decoction of 50g of dried herbs – equal parts thyme, sage, oregano – (100g of fresh herbs) by simmering them in 600ml of water for 20-30 minutes. Measure the strained liquid, add the same amount of sugar or any other sweetener (I used agave syrup due to its low glycemic index). Heat gently until the sugar is dissolved, simmer for another 20 minutes, stirring until thickened. Keep in a cool dark place for up to 1 year, once opened keep in a fridge and use within 2 months. *For extra preservation, you can add 5% of alcohol. (I used Ginger tincture).

Mustard Plaster Remedy
The mustard plaster which provides relief for chest infections, colds, flu, cough and respiratory congestion by increasing circulation to the lungs. The simplest recipe is to mix one table spoon of dry mustard with equal parts flour and add water to create a paste. Spread the mixture thinly on a paper towel and apply another paper towel on top so the mustard is sandwiched in the middle. Apply to chest area and cover with a blanket to encourage sweating.  Keep for 10-15 minutes until the skin turns red and you feel a mild burning sensation. With children watch the skin carefully to avoid blistering and never apply mustard directly to the skin. It works each and every time to warm the chest and clear up congestion.

Immunity Vinegar

Since our last Instagram Live together, we mentioned that Fire Cider is my favourite immune supporting home recipe that you can make tons of without having to rely on pharmaceutical medication or supplements. It has been used for decades to help protect against cold, flu and a host of other respiratory infections. One of the key ingredients, garlic, increases activity of immune cells of the body and has powerful antiviral, antifungal and antimicrobial properties. Horseradish and onion can also help to relieve upper respiratory tract congestion, while ginger can act as an anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antimicrobial herb, great for sore throats, cough, fevers, bronchitis and a wide range of chest ailments.

Since our last Instagram Live Q&A with Kensington Mums, so many of you asked about the Cider Recipe which we are sharing here today.


Cloud Twelve Immunity Boost Fire Cider Recipe:
3L Apple Cider Vinegar Raw
200g Garlic
600g Onion
600g Horseradish
20g Ginger
20g Thyme
20g Oregano
20g Chili

Chop the garlic, onion, ginger and horseradish in a food processor, then allow to oxidise for 10 minutes.
Transfer to a large pot or jar, add the dry herbs and vinegar then secure with a lid. Keep in a dark place for 2 weeks, making sure to stir your vinegar once a day.
Afterwards strain, bottle and enjoy 1tbsp as a shot, diluted in water or as a salad dressing several times a day. Infused vinegar can keep in a cool dry place for over a year.

For more information please visit Cloud Twelve Club website.