Natural cold and flu remedies can often be found in your kitchen and around the homestead. Learn to prevent and ease symptoms with these recipes.
Recipes to Make for Cold and Flu Prevention
At the beginning of a cold or flu when you are just beginning to feel achy and tired fire cider is a great way to fend off the microbes or viruses. The increased circulation and warmth help your immune system to get into high gear and kick those microbes out of your body.
As long as your stomach can handle it, you can take Fire Cider often, up to a teaspoon every hour. Go ahead and take it in the middle of the night, too. You can also try some of these other natural remedies to help ward off illness this season.
Mullein is generous as a natural dye plant, being rich in tannins and polyphenols. But it is also a generous medicinal plant. It is a specific natural remedy for bronchitis, and heavy coughing. Mullein has expectorant properties, as well as being anti-inflammatory. If an earache accompanies your cold or flu symptoms mullein ear drops have been scientifically proven to bring relief faster than antibiotics.
There is no known cure for the common cold or for the flu, once you have it. These capsules do a good job relieving some of the symptoms and strengthening your immune system at the same time. With a stronger immune system, your body is able to fight off colds and flu before they take hold.
Elderberry syrup is the first thing I grab when someone in my family has a sore throat, cough, or sniffles. Common cold remedies like elderberry syrup can actually work better than OTC meds in shortening the duration of viruses. Scientific studies show that elderberry prevents viruses from replicating in the body, shortening the duration of colds or flu.
Elderberry is a cornerstone to your winter health arsenal. Elderberry has been shown in scientific studies to prevent viruses from replicating in your cells. But don’t save this elderberry dessert just for the sick room. Serve this elderberry dessert up often. It’s easy to make, kid-pleasing and pretty enough for company. Eating elderberry often is a good way to keep your immune system working before you are exposed to viruses.
Whether you living rural or in the city, it’s time to take your health into your own hands. How can you keep from getting sick when those around you are coughing and sneezing? And what can you do when you need to get over it quickly?
People around you are getting the flu and colds this winter. In this serious economic climate, when you want to avoid going to the doctor, there are a few things you can do to ensure that you and your family stay healthy this winter.
There are a few easy things you can do now to defend yourself and your family against sickness this year. One is to wash your hands. Often. Unfortunately, when you are out in public, it’s not easy to do. Many stores put hand sanitizer by the front entrance, however, they are often empty. And of course, it’s when you need it the most that you end up exposed to viruses and bacteria. Masking will only help so far, but if you feel you need a mask you can always make one.
Learn to make your own hand sanitizer. This recipe is gentler than the commercial hand sanitizers and just as effective. Aloe vera is moisturizing and won’t dry your skin the same way alcohol does. Dry skin is more susceptible to infection.
Natural Remedies to Ease Cold and Flu Symptoms
Sometimes, even after our best efforts, cold and flu symptoms make it into our home. In addition to continuing to boost your immune system, use these tried and true natural remedies to lessen the symptoms of stuffy nose, sore throat, and headaches.
Shower melts are like bath bombs for the shower. They are small tablets that sit on the floor of the shower and release soothing essential oils into the steam, as they melt. They can soothe congestion and elevate your mood, restoring clarity and soothing irritability quickly. When you don’t have time to sit in a warm tub, try these DIY shower melts for soothing relief.
When a cold has finally set in, it is the time to switch your protocol from prevention to managing symptoms. If you’ve been taking them, ease up on the anti-viral herbs like echinacea and begin using herbs that support and protect your lungs, liver, and kidneys. Herbal teas that offer both therapeutic benefits as well as hydration are helpful. The old fashioned rum toddy was designed to increase the circulation, bring on a sweat, and help to ease sore throat, congested sinuses, and ease the body to sleep so it can heal. Chicken soup made with clear broth and rich in polyphenols is also therapeutic.
You probably already have ginger at home, too. You can use ginger for quick relief of a headache, cough, congestion, and even nausea. I was updating my DIY Herbal Apothecary Course this week to add more downloadable files (one of my New Year goals) and in the process went down the “rabbit hole” digging deep into the benefits of Ginger. I created this ebook, Using Ginger for Cold and Flu Relief so that you can feel better faster, using what you already have in your kitchen.
You can download a copy of this FREE the Using Ginger for Cold and Flu Relief ebook here.
This soothing headache salve can be made from fresh lavender blossoms and peppermint leaves from your garden. If you don’t have any in your garden you can use dried leaves and dried blossoms to make this. The fragrance will be barely noticeable in the finished salve but the herbs will contribute their herbal actions when in contact with the skin. The aromatic essential oils give the fragrance to this salve rather than the herbs.
A headache eye pillow can also help relieve headache and fever symptoms quickly. They sew up quickly and can be kept in the freezer for quick relief when sinus congestion, tension, or a migraine hits when you aren’t expecting it.
What’s your go-to remedy when you come down with the beginnings of a cold or flu? Leave a comment.