Holistic Remedies for Cough, Colds, and Flu

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When cold and flu season hits, it hits hard! Apart from taking over-the-counter meds, you can alleviate common bacterial, viral and fungal infections with these all-natural, holistic remedies you can prepare at home:

Herbal Honey: For Common Colds and Cough

Honey contains powerful antibacterial properties while garlic and ginger soothe colds and cough symptoms. Sage and thyme contains antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal properties. This tonic is meant to strengthen the immune system and promote expulsion of mucus.

You will need:

1 cup organic, raw honey
¼ cup dried and powdered garlic, ginger, thyme or sage
a sterilized dry jar with lid


In a clean bowl, combine raw, organic honey with the powder herbs of your choice. You can use a combination of medicinal powdered herbs to treat a specific illness. For instance, if you have a cough, use ginger and thyme. If you have common colds, combine garlic powder with sage and so on. In a low heat, mix the ingredients together for at least 15 minutes. Make sure the honey won’t burn. Then, remove from heat and leave it to cool. Pour the mixture in a clean glass jar, seal, and store. If you want to enhance its potency, add bits of herbal leaves and let steep for at least 2 weeks. Take a teaspoon of herbal honey once or twice per day.

Herbal Infusion and Tea: For Common Colds and Flu

Tea is packed with antioxidants while ginger and garlic contain potent antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal properties. Cayenne induces sweating to bring the temperature down.

You will need:

3 to 4 slices of fresh ginger, skin on
1 clove of garlic, chopped
½ teaspoon cayenne powder
Tea of your choice (green, black or oolong tea)
Raw honey to taste


In a clean pot, simmer the slices of ginger and clove of chopped garlic for 20 minutes. Set aside. In a cup, steep the tea of your choice then add cayenne pepper. We suggest using just half a teaspoon for those who cannot tolerate spiciness. But if you have a high tolerance to spiciness, you may add more cayenne. Add honey to taste. Drink 3 to 4 cups of this tonic each day or before going to bed.

Steam Inhalation: For Cough and Colds

Rosemary, thyme and sage decongests and promotes expulsion of mucus. Eucalyptus or peppermint also clears clogged nose and minimize coughing.

You will need:

4 cups of water
a handful of powdered thyme, rosemary or sage
10 drops of Eucalyptus or peppermint essential oil
a bath towel


In a large pot, boil four cups of water then add your herb of choice. You can use a combination of herbs to heal a specific ailment. Carefully pour the mixture in a large bowl. Add several drops of your preferred essential oil. Get a towel and throw it over your head. Keep your face near the steam from the heated infusion but careful not to injure yourself. Inhale the steam for at least 15 minutes or more.

Garlic Lemonade: For Cough and Colds

Lemon is packed with vitamin C. It’s an excellent treatment for common colds, cough, and flu. Ginger soothes a sore throat while garlic fights infections. Honey contains antibacterial properties, healing internal infections.

You will need:

3 to 4 pieces of garlic, chopped
2 to 4 slices of fresh ginger, skin on
1 spoonful of raw honey
2 teaspoon lemon juice


In a large glass, combine the garlic and ginger, then add hot water. Let the mixture steep for at least 20 minutes. Add the lemon juice and honey to taste. Strain the mixture and drink. This tonic should be drank at room temperature only.

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