There are many home herbal remedies for colds and flu available to us that are simple to make or take at home. These can truly lessen the severity and length of a cold or flu illness.
Many of these are recipes passed down from our grandmothers and have been used for hundreds of years. Even though many of these herbal remedies for colds and flu are folk medicine, their effectiveness has been backed up by modern science.
These home remedies don’t just simply mask symptoms like pharmaceuticals or contain unwanted side effects. They really are working with the whole body to boost the immune system and are extremely effective antibacterials and antivirals. They shine at helping to build and restore the health of the system.
Try any of these easy to make recipes for relief.
We love steams. Here’s one to open sinuses when a cold or flu hits.
Heat water until steaming and pour into a large bowl. Add 1-2 drops eucalyptus essential oil. Put your face over the bowl and cover with a towel for 5-10 minutes. Your nasal passages will thank you!
This one is packed with antimicrobials and happens to be super nummy with ingredients you’re likely to have on hand.
Sauté two thinly sliced onions until golden. Add two thinly sliced cloves of garlic and sauté for a moment more (hint: the more raw the garlic the better). Add a teaspoon curry powder or paste and mix well. Eat throughout the day.
Europeans love this recipe and for good reason. It’s one the best tasting herbal remedies for colds and flu. Make this at the beginning of cold and flu season and store in the refrigerator up to 3 months. You can take by the teaspoon-full or add to tea 3 times a day.
Simmer ½ cup of dried elderberries in 3 cups of water until soft enough to smash (about 30-45 minutes). Add 1 cup of honey.
Lemon Ginger Tea
This tea is also delicious and healing.
Boil 1 Tablespoon sliced ginger in 3 cups water for 10 minutes in a covered pan. Strain and add lemon and honey to taste. If really congested add a pinch of cayenne. Drink throughout the day.
It’s always good to have echinacea tincture on hand. We can’t imagine getting through a cold without it. The key is to begin taking it at the first sign of symptoms. Our favorite brand is made by Herb Pharm.
Be sure to have at least one or two of these remedies available to help you through the season!
To learn more about using herbal medicine, check out these online herbalism courses.