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 my favourite 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.
Peel the rind from the lemon - if it's waxed, then wash it in warm water beforehand - and then juice them.
Remove any pips.
Blend together until finely chopped. I use a Nutribullet which chops it very finely - if you're not keen on 'bits' strain the mixture after blending and press it firmly with the back of a spoon to get all the juices out.
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. Just put a teaspoon of mixture into each hole in the tray.
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. Another common mixture is thyme with honey, but sage suited me best.
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. Just mix one crushed garlic clove with a spoon of honey. Strain it if you're putting it into hot water if you don't like the bits.
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 eucalyptus 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 symptoms don't improve, consult your doctor.
If you have a medical condition, you must consult a Herbal Practitioner or a Medical Doctor.
If you are pregnant, you must consult your doctor or nurse before trying any herbal remedy.
If you are already taking pharmaceuticals, then speak to your doctor about taking herbs - some drugs react badly with herbs and you need to know that you are not going to do more harm than good.