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Herbal Teas For Colds and Hacking Coughs

22 Jan

Recently we were at a play group and a few of the kids were sick so I was not surprised when my girls ended up a cold and a hacking cough.
I knew right away it was going to be a bad cold so got my garlic oil ready and made a batch of elderberry, mullein, and yarrow tea. The mullein and elderberry tea have an expectorant effect so my girls “noses” were just running tons of clear mucus. It got a bit overwhelming that I had to suction the noses every few minutes so I decided to stop the tea for day. Once I stop the tea the mucus production slowed down and I thought good….until the next day I regretted stopping the tea. No One slept that night. Poor girls were up all night with a dry, hacking cough. After several hours of trying to persuade my little 2 year old to take some onion cough syrup, she got tired and took it and went out like a light within 5 minutes. Needless to say tea was brewing the next morning. Elderberry and mullein tea work by keeping the mucus loose so the body can get rid of it which makes them great for hacking coughs and whooping coughs.
There are so many blends of teas you can use to heal and help a cold. I often use catnip, lemon balm and chamomile in the teas help relax and soothe if the kids are cranky and fussy along with the elderberry tea or honey and lemon for sore throats. Nothing beats a warm cup of tea.