Natural easy cold and flu remedy

19 Oct
An Ikea garlic press, with pressed garlic.

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Its cold and flu season and while many are lining up to get the flu shot I am checking my fridge and cupboards to make sure that I have all my cold and flu essentials.

Without further ado here is my basic list

  • Garlic – garlic is a must have for cold and flu season. It is antibacterial and antiviral which makes it great for respiratory infections like a chest cold, bronchitis etc.

Uses – Garlic is most potent in its raw form but not easy on the stomach. So my favorite way to use garlic, especially for little ones, is in the form of  garlic oil . Garlic oil is quite simple to make just chop up a few cloves of garlic and cover with olive oil. You can allow the oil to sit for a few hours until you notice the garlic aroma or you can gently warm the oil for a few minutes. For ear infections,  warm the garlic oil and drop about 2 drops in the ear. You can place a cotton ball  in the ear or just let the child rest on their side for a few minutes so the oil can sit in the ear.  Garlic is often combine with mullein to make one of the best ear infection ear drop…better than any antibiotics. Do you know that you can put the garlic on the feet? The pores on our feet are really large so anything we rub on the feet gets absorbed quickly into the body . You can rub the garlic oil on the little ones’ feet at nights when they have a cold to help kills bacteria and viruses within the body ( put socks on their feet). Garlic can also be taken in the form of capsule well or mix into a cough/cold syrup.

  • Onion  is a milder version of garlic and has similar healing properties like garlic.

Uses –  Onion makes an excellent  cough syrup  as it helps to reduce the intensity and frequency of a cough. Onion is also makes an excellent ear pain reliever. Just cut the onion in half and warm it gently in a microwave.  Let the onion cool, then wrap in a towel or paper towel and apply it over the ear for 5-10 minutes or until the pain goes away.

  • Tea –  Hot/Warm teas are so great for soothing sore throats, getting rid of toxins in the body and has a soothing effect on the mind as well.  You can use many of the teas found right in your pantry or cupboards. Teas such as peppermint and  ginger are great to drink if you child develops a fever as they help “sweat the fever out”. Lemon and honey tea is great for sore throat but both lemon and honey have  antibacterial properties which also helps to kill bacteria. Try to use raw honey if possible since it  antibacterial. If you love herbs, there is elderberry tea, (elderberry can be made into a syrup) catnip, lemon balm, mullein are some excellent well-known tea for colds and flu.  Don’t forget chamomile tea for its ability to soothe and calm a cranky, irritable and agitated child.
  • Essential oils  Essentials oils are amazing as they are antibacterial, antiviral, antiseptic, etc. I have at least 1/2 doz essential oil,  my favorite being eucalyptus. Eucalyptus a must have for stuffy noses as it opens up the air ways to help you breathe easier. No need for petroleum synthetic vicks when you have the real thing.

Use – You can make a chest rub out of essentials oil by adding a carrier oil such as olive oil to eucalyptus, lemon, tea tree and lavender essential oil. I also love to add them to a diffuser/ humidifier or baths. If you are not into making your own chest rub or essential oil blend for a humidifer, I recommend Badger Balm Aromatic Chest Rub and Sweet Knee Breathe Essential Oil.  I make my own disinfectant spray from a blend of essentials oils rosemary, clove, eucalyptus in a vinegar base.

Of course for babies you need a good nasal aspirator. I love and use  babycomfynose nasal aspirator.

Mother nature has endowed us with so many plants that can aid us in protecting and healing our bodies.


3 Responses to “Natural easy cold and flu remedy”

  1. Debra October 26, 2011 at 1:20 pm #

    What a refreshing read. I agree with your remedies and use many of them myself. I also recommend Thyme tea for congestion and cough for adults. Thanks for the info.

    • naturalpureessentials October 26, 2011 at 8:07 pm #

      Thanks Debra. I did use thyme tea once and loved the way it cleared my head. Love your blog!!


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