If Mr. Cold or Ms. Flu happens to arrive at your door, here are some natural remedies to keep on hand to help them leave as quickly as they came.
Who Stole My Cold?
The Four Thieves Herbal Lore: This is the well-known little band of French robbers from the 15th century who covered themselves with cloves, rosemary and other oils while robbing plague victims and warding off the plague themselves. Today, Thieves Essential Oil is similar to the 15th century blend of oils which is highly effective in supporting the immune system.
- Put 2-3 drops of Thieves Essential Oil in 8 ounces of water or juice every 2-3 hours to help stop a cold.
This is currently my favorite thing to do everyday to help fight off viruses before they make themselves known. You can also diffuse Thieves Oil in your home to keep the germ count down.
Or you can make your own Thieves Oil —here is one variation:
- 40 drops of Clove Essential Oil
- 35 drops of Lemon Essential Oil
- 20 drops of Cinnamon Essential Oil
- 15 drops of Eucalyptus Essential Oil
- 10 drops of Rosemary Essential Oil
Mix together and store in a dark, glass bottle, away from sunlight in a cool place.
At the first sign of a cold or flu, put a dropper full of hydrogen peroxide in each ear.
Lie still with the hydrogen peroxide in your ear until it stops bubbling, then drain it. Repeat on the other side. Then repeat every few hours.
Elderberry syrup is beneficial if taken at the beginning of flu season as a preventative method as well as when you become sick.
Elderberries are well known for their medicinal qualities. They have a high concentration of iron, potassium, beta-carotene, calcium, phosphorus and antioxidants as well as vitamins A and C. Elderberry medicine will stimulate your immune system, reduce a fever, fight a virus, and reduce inflammation.
You can make your own, or try Nature’s Way Organic Sambucus Elderberry Syrup.
Homemade Elderberry Syrup:
- 2 cups fresh elderberries or 1 cup dried elderberries
- 3 cups water
- 1 cup raw honey
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 3 cloves
- A pinch of dried ginger root (optional)
Place berries, water, and spices in a saucepan.
Bring to a boil, then reduce heat, and simmer for 30 minutes.
Smash berries to release any remaining juice and strain the mixture.
Allow the liquid to cool and then stir in the honey.
This should last for up to 3 months in the fridge.
Oil of oregano is a powerful antibiotic and antiviral.
Put 5-6 drops in a glass of water to help kill the flu or cold virus.
When your feel an illness coming on, mince one clove of raw garlic and drink with water.
Repeat every few hours.
Use this on the bottom of your feet, your back, and your chest to help calm a cough and help with congestion.
You can make your own, or try Maty’s All Natural Vapor Rub with no petroleum or other unwanted ingredients.
Homemade Vapor Rub:
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 2 level tablespoons of beeswax pastilles
- 20 drops of Peppermint Oil
- 20 droops of Eucalyptus Oil
- 10 drops Rosemary Oil
- 10 drops Cinnamon or Clove Oil (optional)
Melt the beeswax with the coconut oil in a double boiler until just melted.
Add the essential oils.
Stir until mixed well and pour into a small glass jar or tin with a lid to store.
Use as needed to help soothe coughing and congestion.
For a natural, food based cough syrup without corn, soy, dairy, wheat, yeast, or harmful ingredients, try Maty’s All Natural Cough Syrup.
Homemade Cough Syrup:
1/4 cup Raw Buckwheat Honey* (Raw Buckwheat Honey YS Organic Bee Farms) or raw honey
3 tablespoons organic lemon juice or 4 drops Lemon Essential Oil
2 tablespoons coconut oil
Mix all ingredients together in a saucepan over low heat until the coconut oil is melted.
Take the warm syrup by spoonful as desired.
You can also mix the syrup into hot water or tea.
Once the syrup is cooled, the coconut oil will harden.
Gently warm up the syrup before using.
Store in a jar in the refrigerator for up to a month.
*Buckwheat honey is made by bees who gather mostly buckwheat blossoms which are extremely rich in antioxidants and anti-bacterial, anti-viral substances.
As Hippocrates said more than 2,000 years ago, “All disease begins in the gut.” Keep your gut happy and add some good quality probiotics daily. Try, Renew Life Ultimate Flora Critical Colon 80 Billion and rotate with different ones regularly to increase the diversity in your gut.
Make a Date with Mr. Hot Toddy
Here’s a natural cough, cold, and flu elixir:
- 2 ounces bourbon whiskey
- 1/2 lemon, juiced (about 2 ounces)
- 1 tablespoon raw honey or more, if you like
- 2 slices of lemon filled with cloves
- 3-4 cubes of diced ginger
- 2-4 ounces of water (optional)
- Cinnamon Stick (optional)
Mix the bourbon, lemon juice, honey, and water to taste. It’s up to you how intimate you want to get with Mr. Bourbon, so adjust to your personal taste.
Add the lemon slices with cloves and the ginger, and heat on the stove until warmed.
Enjoy before bed, or any time you like. 🙂
These natural remedies should have Mr. Cold and Ms. Flu packing their bags.
If your cold is above your chest, take a Bikram class and flush it all out of your system.
If your cold is in your chest or you have the flu, stay home with Mr. Hot Toddy and heal up. 🙂
Our bodies always strive for health…
Have you thanked your body today?
This article was contributed by Jane Hill – fierce Bikram Yogi, lover of all things natural, and my best yoga buddy. Look for more articles by Jane in the Off the Mat Chats section of Views From the Podium!