Coughs, Colds and Sore Throats. Healing using Herbs
The common cold affects all of us at some point in our lives. There are over 200 strains of cold virus, so it is no surprise that a cure has not been found yet. Herbal treatments can help to relieve many of the symptoms and help you feel better in yourself. I have suffered from sore throats and colds ever since i can remember, and luckily for me, i am never ill with anything else, other than the same reoccuring sore throat and blocked nose. The thing that seems to work for me is honey placed in hot water, with a squeeze of lemon. I think the antibacterial qualities of the honey help alot. But as this is a hub about herbal remedies, i'm going to tell you some of the herbal remedies that have worked for me over the years, when i have suffered with my nose and throat. I hope they can help you too in some way.
Firstly, garlic. Love it or hate it, it has both antiseptic and antibacterial qualties making it an ideal ingredient to use in this garlic cold and flu syrup:
GARLIC COLD AND FLU SYRUP
YOU WILL NEED:
* 1 head of garlic, crushed
* 300 ml/ 1/2 pint/ 1/ 1/4 cups of water, juice of 1/2 lemon
* 30ml/ 2 tbsp of honey
1) Bring the garlic and water to the boil. Simmer gently for 20 minutes
2) Add the lemon juice and honey and simmer for two minutes. Allow to cool, then strain into a clean, dark bottle with an airtight lid. Take 10-15ml/ 2-3 tsp three times a day. Keep chilled for up to three weeks.
Next i have a lovely tea, as it is very important to keep hydrated when you have a cold/flu because alot of fluids are lost from coughing, sneezing and sweating, so these need to be topped up.
EVERYDAY ROSE-HIP TEA
Rose hips are high in vitamin C and help to ward off colds
YOU WILL NEED ( makes about 6 cups)
* 45ml/ 3 tbsp of rose-hips
* 1.5 litres/ 2 1/2 pints/ 6 1/4 cups of filtered or bottled still water
1) Top and tail the rose hips. Cover them in tap water for 24 hours. Strain and discard the water.
2) Bring the filtered water to the boil. Add the rose-hips. Simmer for about 30 minutes. Strain and serve, adding honey to sweeten, if you like.
To help with breathing when you have a blocked nose, making a vapour can clear the chest and nasal passage. Rub on your chest before bedtime for a fresh and uplifting sensation.
LAVENDER AND EUCALYPTUS VAPOUR
YOU WILL NEED:
* 50g/ 2 oz of petroleum jelly
* 15ml/ 1 tbsp of dried lavender
* 6 drops of eucalyptus essential oil
* 4 drops of lavender essential oil
1) Melt the jelly in a bowl over a pan of simmering water. Stir in the lavender and heat for 30 minutes
2) Strain the liquid through a muslin. Cool, then add the oils. Finally pour into a clean jar and leave until set.
This vapour rub can also be inhaled. Melt a small quantity in a bowl of steaming water. Lean over the bowl, with a towel over your head and inhale. Keep the cream refrigerated for when further use is needed.
Here are some herbal cough remedies. Try a warm infusion of one or a mixture of the following:
Herbal Cough Remedies:
Coltsfoot- Particularly good for irritating, spasmodic coughs
Hyssop- A calming and relaxing expectorant
Marshmallow- For a harsh, dry, painful cough
Thyme- A powerful antiseptic, this relieves a harsh, dry and painful cough
Horehound- An expectorant, freeing up mucus and helping it to be removed
Here are some herbal cold remedies. Take an infusion of equal amounts of peppermint, elderflower and yarrow, just before bed to induce a sweat. You can also add:
HERBAL COLD REMEDIES:
Cayenne Pepper- use 1.5 ml/ 1/4 tsp of the powder, to stimulate the system. Cayenne adds instant heat and will make you sweat.
Cinnamon- Break a cinnamon stick into the herbs for a gentle, warming and sweat inducing effect.
Ginger- Grate a small piece of fresh root ginger into the mixture for extra heat