Herbal Remedies for Cold Season

Myca Swazer

We all know this is the season where germs are everywhere and chances are we are going to end up sick. But there are a number of natural ways to fight colds without using harsh, store bought, medications. There are many herbal remedies out there that are safer and work just as well or better than the chemically created counterparts. Herbal remedies can be added to the diet to make it an easy option to fight off colds.

Healthy foods such as blueberries, raspberries, and carrots help prevent intestinal issues such as diarrhea. Garlic is a natural and effective antibiotic and can be easily used in many ways. When cooking, always increase the amount of garlic during cold season. It can also be chopped and added to teas and broths, or roasted to add to pasta dishes, dips, or dressings.

Using herbs in bath teas are essential during cold season. Mixing herbs such as calendula, chamomile, rosemary, and lavender into boiling water and steeping until cool will create a therapeutic tea for any bath time.

Liquids during sickness are just as important to ward off dehydration. Water, natural juices, clear broths, and teas will help ease cold symptoms. Infusing ginger into any of these drinks will boost the effectiveness, plus adding Vitamin C to any liquids will help fight off a cold. Dehydration during sickness causes headaches and it is very important to have plenty to drink. Adding four to five drops of Echinacea tincture to liquids every three or four hours will help if there is a fever present.

For sinus congestion and pressure, steam has always been a natural go to choice for many, but adding some essential oils like eucalyptus, tea tree oil, or lavender to the water will help relieve the pressure. A sinus infection is common with colds. Turmeric and ginger root mixed in freshly brewed tea works together as a natural anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant that can loosen mucus and alleviate pressure.

A sore throat is of course irritating and painful, but there are numerous ways to sooth it. Preparing teas with elder flowers, blackberry leaves, sage, red raspberry leaves and yarrow can be used as a soothing gargle. It helps to break up infection in the throat and promote healing.

Those are just a few of the natural herbal remedies that can be used during the winter months to alleviate the annoyances of a cold. Below are a few natural recipes.

 

Lemon Cough Syrup

1 medium onion, minced

11/4 cups honey or agave nectar

3 to 5 drops lemon, peppermint, or tea tree essential oil

 

Directions:

Put the onion in a shallow bowl and pour honey over it, mix well. Cover and set aside for 8 to 12 hours. Strain and discard onion. Add essential oil to the strained liquid and mix well. It can be stored in a glass container in the fridge and keep for 3 to 6 months.

Dosage

Children:

two to six years of age: 2 teaspoons in herbal tea or hot water, 2 to 3 times a day

seven years and older: 1 tablespoon in herbal tea or hot water, 2 to 3 times a day

Adults:

two tablespoons in herbal tea or hot water 2 to 3 times a day

 

Headache Tea

1 teaspoon dried peppermint leaves

1 teaspoon dried or fresh rosemary leaves

1 teaspoon dried or fresh chamomile flowers

1 teaspoon dried or fresh lavender flowers

1 cup boiling water

 

Directions:
Place peppermint leaves, rosemary leaves, chamomile flowers and lavender flowers in a cup. Pour boiling water over herbs and steep until warm. Strain and discard herbs. Store tea in a sealed glass jar in the fridge, it will keep for 48 hours.

*Those who have respiratory problems are cautioned not to use lavender. For herbal remedies and recipe, omit lavender.

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