The best thing about herbal cold remedies is that you are totally in control of the quality of products that go into them.
One of the very best cold and flu remedies is made from garlic, ginger, honey and lemon.
Mix them all together and you have an effective flu and cold remedy that you can keep on hand. It takes minutes to put together and will be relatively expensive.
These ingredients will be found in most kitchens and if not, a quick trip to the grocery store will yield everything you need.
Peel the garlic and ginger.
Cut the lemons into quarters - peel included. It may have wax on the peel, so give it a scrub before chopping to be sure.
Blend together until finely chopped.
This will make several doses. You need a teaspoon at a time.
You can either store it in a screw top jar in the refrigerator, or freeze in ice cube trays which will give you just the right dose.
You might like to strain it, but I don’t bother. I do blend it very finely in my Nutribullet.
When you’re ready, take a spoonful (or ice cube) of the mixture, add just boiled water and honey to taste.
This will make a very soothing drink.
You can use this three to four times a day to relieve your symptoms.
Do not give this to children under the age of ten.
Do not give honey to under ones in any form.
There are other herbal cold remedies which I can recommend. Garlic is not to everybody's taste and although it's effective, you might only want to use it when you're at home.
I find sage honey very effective and is one of my personal favourites. My son and his friends used to call it 'witches brew!' I would always have it on hand
Garlic and honey is also good - you can use it as a medicine off a spoon or to sweeten hot lemon drinks - it's similar to this remedy but without the ginger. It also has a better shelf life.
A peppermint inhalation can be soothing and clear your sinuses when you have a cold as can eucalyptus oil.
If someone in our house has a stuffy nose, I take a small screw top jar or tin, add a cotton wool ball and three or four drops of oil on it. The idea is to keep the lid tight on, then when you want relief, open it up and sniff. Works very effectively, costs pence and is totally renewable every day.
There's a short video here for you to watch to see how easy it is.
The information on this website is in no way intended as medical advice and nor should it be taken as such. If you have a medical condition, you must consult a Herbal Practitioner or a Medical Doctor.