With cold and flu season creeping up on us, it is time to take a peek in your spice cabinet to see if you have everything on hand should you or your family be afflicted. Although it can be tempting to run to the doctor for every sniffle, natural remedies might just do the trick. Additionally, prescription antibiotics can possibly disturb your natural gut health and promote drug resistance.
Teas and Herbal Remedies
A wide variety of teas and herbal remedies have been effectively used in folk medicine for centuries. Here are a few that work especially well.
Hot Lemon Juice and Water – This is a simple and easy remedy to sooth a sore throat. Simply heat water and add lemon juice. If you want a touch of sweetness, add a spoonful of honey. (Sometimes our grandfather would add a bit of whiskey ala Hot Tottie)
Thyme – Thyme is an extremely effective antiseptic and decongestant. Steep into a tea for bronchial congestion and coughs. It is also effective in treating sore throats and headaches.
Eucalyptus Essential Oil – Eucalyptus is the source of menthol and is an excellent treatment for colds and sinus congestion. It is also a natural antibiotic and antiviral. Add to heated water and inhale for relief from congestion. To apply to the skin, dilute with oil or witch hazel.
Peppermint Essential Oil – Peppermint is a soothing herbal remedy for digestive upsets, including nausea and upset stomach. It is also good for sinus congestion.
Oregano – Oregano is good for treating fevers associated with the flu. It can be used in teas or in baths to promote perspiration for a fever.
Ginger – Ginger is good for treating fevers. It can be blended with garlic to boost immune system function. It also has strong antiviral qualities.
Honey – Honey is an excellent source of antioxidants. It has strong antibacterial qualities and can be used to treat coughs and to rebalance electrolyte levels.
If you or your family members get the flu or colds this season, many can be easily treated at home with traditional herbal remedies. However, it is a good idea to speak to your doctor or healthcare practitioner if you have any questions about your cold and flu symptoms to avoid potential serious health problems.
What home or herbal remedies have worked you in the past? Let us know in the comments!
– The Alternative Daily