…..that would be great and boy would I be rich! Unfortunately, there is no cure for the cold however; there are some traditional natural remedies that can help lessen the effects of a cold, a sore throat and a mild flu. These formulas have been tried and tested by many through the years including my family. Where I could, I put the medicinal attributes of some of the ingredients as well as which ailment they can help. You can find the ingredients in most places. Some of them you can use as a kind of preventative. A couple I use once the winter months start even if they are mild winters. Some herbs can’t be taken when pregnant; breastfeeding or while taking strong medications as they may cause side effects, please make sure these are ok for you to take before you begin. For instance, when breastfeeding do not use sage as it reduces milk production and thyme is not great if you have a thyroid problem. These I know from personal experience.
TEA (boil ingredients with water, let steep, filter and cool before drinking)
- Ginger stems, sweeten with honey, drink twice a day, you can also add lemon. For children: give 20-50 ml 3 times a day (dilute)
- Sage (natural antiseptic, astringent) tea with honey, boil sage in water leave to steep for a short while so it can infuse rather than be a thick tea (use for congestion). Drink 3 times a day for 3 – 5 days, for children make it diluted
- Sage and thyme (for chesty cough or phlegm, thyme has natural antiseptic properties), one dose 3 times a day for 2 – 3 days
- Green tea, I take this at the first signs of anything, I have it with honey. When I have a sore throat, I add lemon. It helps boost your immune system. I have 2 cups a day at the first sign of a symptom. If I feel really sick I have 3 – 4 cups. This works well for me!
- Garlic, make as a tea, eat whole, roast (makes it sweeter) and eat. If you don’t mind the smell this is a great natural antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal.
- Lemon Tea: squeeze ½ – one lemon and put juice in a cup. Add boiling water and some honey for sweetener. Adjust to your taste. Great for colds and sore throats.
- Thyme and honey steeped/mixed together you can have straight or use as a tea sweetener Dosage: 1 tsp 3 times a day for a few days Mix: Thyme – dried ¼ cup and 1 cup of honey with water. You can heat the thyme like a tea and then add the honey when cooled or heat both together (do not boil) and cool. Strain the thyme, put in a clean jar and store in a cupboard for a few days or in the fridge for a longer time. This works like cough syrup.
- This is a personal favorite, but you really have to love lemons for this. For me it works great for a sore throat or chesty coughs. It gets all the phlegm out! Squeeze a small lemon or half a large one in a cup; add a pinch of salt and drink. I do this when I feel a tickle in my throat. If my symptoms get worse, I do this twice a day for a few days. It’s also a great dose of vitamin-C.
- This is an old family favorite. For sore throats, it is great! At the first sign of cold or sore throat my mum takes this out and we gargle away (my children don’t seem to mind this). Mix a little salt and turmeric powder with lukewarm water. Gargle 4 times a day.
- For kids, if you can get them to drink it, heat turmeric root (looks like thick twig pieces) with milk, put honey to sweeten and let them drink a small amount 3 times a day. Adults can have a cup twice a day. Turmeric is a natural antiseptic and antibacterial.
- I use this as a homemade rub. It is like Vicks Vapor Rub. Use a base oil (olive oil or Vaseline) and a few drops of eucalyptus essential oil and mix well. Rub on chest/throat/back and underarms for kids. This is great for children. You would have to make A LOT for adults!!
- If a child has a temperature, put some mint leaves in a warm bath and bath them in it, this has worked for us and the smell is calming for the child.
- We use this when our family has a cold spree as it is supposed to kill air-born bacteria! Burn some frankincense. You need the pure form not the perfumed one. To use, burn it in an incense burner with charcoal and let the smoke go all over the house.