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Herbal Remedies for the Common Cold

Updated on August 23, 2011

Tired of taking over the counter medications that do not work? Maybe it is time you started taking a holistic approach and using herbal remedies. Did you know herbs have properties that can assist in curing some disorders? Suggestions for alleviating symptoms of the common cold will be discussed in this blog

What is a Cold?

 A cold is a virus that replicates inside  the cells of a cold sufferer.  Antibiotics concentrate on the bacteria outside the cells. A herbal remedy would  treat the individual not just the cold.  People are more susceptible to colds when their immune system lowers.  The cause of this could be stress or not eating and exercising right.  The Herbs would help boost the immune system and restore other deficiencies thus making the individual more healthy. 


What Works

 Common Kitchen spices can help alleviate symptoms of a cold when you feel your first chill.  Take and infusion of 1 oz of Ginger, 1 teaspoon of coriander seeds, 3 cloves, 1 slice of lemon  and 1 pint of water.  Bring water to a boil ( with all ingredients added)  Simmer for 15 minutes and then strain.  Pour yourself a cup of this tea every two hours.  Sweetening with Honey is recommended.

 If you want to get a little more creative you can take an infusion of equal parts of elderflower, peppermint and hyssop.  Drink the concoction when you are feeling as though you are coming down with a cold.



 Sometimes a herb will need to be inhaled to aid in the process.    To clear nose and throat put 8 drops of oil of lavender, eucalyptus or Thyme in  a bowl and pour boiling water on it. Cover head with a towel and inhale.



For a cough you can use an infusion of coltsfoot flowers, marshmallow leaves hyssop and licorice root.  Simmer this infusion for ten minute and drain.

 You can even make your own cough syrup by taking Onions, slicing one and placing it In a deep bowl.  Cover it with organic honey and let it stand overnight.  The next day strain it off and take this elixir 1 tablespoon at a time four or five times per day.



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      anjalichugh 8 years ago from New York

      Good tips. I used to rely on ginger, honey & lemon in case of minor cold. When it gets severe, I cannot recover without medicines.