Cold and Flu Compendium
Natural Remedies for Colds
Symptoms of cold:
This is a disorder in the respiratory tract caused by exposure and resulting
in catarrh and the invasion of microbial cleansers. The affliction
is usually mild and short, and is characterized by a chilly sensation followed
by sneezing, watering of the eyes, congestion and discharges from the nose
and throat, coughing, earache, and often fever.
When a cold occurs the whole system is involved.
At the first sign of a cold, one should clean the nose and mouth of the
toxic accumulations (through snuffing and gargling), after the cold is
broke with the sweating aids (see below), the patient should be sponged
with equal parts cold water and vinegar to close the pores, put to bed,
and given fruits or fruit juices.
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Ginger: stimulates the heart and circulation; taken at the
onset of a cold or flu, when you feel tired, chilly, and achy, promotes
perspiration, brings down a fever, and helps clear toxins and congestion;
acts as an expectorant in the lungs, expelling phlegm and clearing chest
infection; given to children in India to treat whooping cough.
Lemon juice: stimulates the immune system, promotes sweating
and cleanses the body of poisons, making it an effective remedy for infections
Salt: gargle for sore throat will check the growth of infection;
at onset of a cold, use a gargle and nasal cleansing, drawing salt water
through the nose.
Cayenne: a "hot" remedy to treat "cold" disorders such as
tiredness, lethargy, phlegm, weak digestion and tendency to infection;
marvelous for the lungs as an expectorant, and its decongestant action
relieves stuffiness and phlegm in the head and sinuses; acts as a rubefacient
and counter-irritant, bringing inflammation to the surface and relieving
pain; used as a gargle, cayenne helps relieve a sore throat.
Apple Cider Vinegar: helps to decongest the respiratory system
and to treat coughs; children respond well when given vinegar(or lemon
juice) and honey, as much as they will take.( honey should not be given
to children under one year of age, maple syrup may be substituted for the
Mustard: infusion of ground mustard seeds has antimicrobial
properties and has been used internally for chest infections, colds and
flu and as a gargle for sore throats; externally, as a rubefacient(counter-irritant)
effect, bringing blood to the skin in contact with it. A hot foot bath
draws blood to the feet and relieves congestion in the head or lungs.
Cloves: very warming tea for those with cold or chills, serves
as an expectorant to clear phlegm and helps ward off colds and other infections,
while its warmth induces sweating and can help bring down a fever
Cardamom: seeds have aromatic and warming properites, invigorating
the stomach and intestines; valuable as an expectorant and in helping
expel phlegm from the chest in bronchial problems and clear nasal and sinus
congestion; add to milk products and puddings to counteract milk's mucus-formig
effects and aid its digestion; make a warming tea by combining 4 cardomom
pods, 4 black peppercorns, 4 cloves, 1 cinnomon stick, and a few slices
of fresh ginger in a pint of water, heat, but do not boil, for half an
hour and strain. Drink hot with a little milk or honey twice a day
to ward off coughs and colds.
Garlic: its antimicrobial effect can help to combat
sore throats colds and flu, bronchial and lung infections, as well as yeast
and intestinal infections, and worms. Garlic acts as a decongestant and
expectorant, making it an excellent remedy for coughs, chest infections,
and bronchial asthma.
Elder: a hot infusion of elderflowers taken at the onset
of colds, tonsillitis, laryngitis, and flu will help remedy the infection
quickly by stimulating the circulation, causing sweating, and cleansing
the system of toxins. It can be given to children during eruptive
diseases, such as measles and chicken pox, to bring out the rash and speed
Meadowsweet: infusion of the leaves and flowers for colds,
flu, and children's infections, such as measles and chicken pox, and to
bring down fevers and speed infections on their way.
Eucalyptus: a few drops of eucalyptus oil in hot water
can be used to cleanse the air of infection in the sick room, or during
a flu epidemic; helps open nasal and bronchial passages to promote
a good night sleep
Raspberry leaf: drink copious
amounts of hot tea at the onset of a cold to draw out mucus and relieve
Elderberry flowers/Peppermint leaves:
make an infusion of the dried herbs and take internally as hot as possible.
The diaphoretic herbs will open the pores and discharge waste obstructions.