It’s that time of year when colds and flus are plaguing many of us, and especially our kids. I understand that when we’re sick, we just want it go away, and that might make us turn to some remedies that aren’t as healthy as they seem. I prefer natural, non-toxic solutions wherever I can, so here are some natural cough and cold remedies that you can make right at home.
1. Sage Tea
Sage has antiseptic, astringent, and antibacterial properties. It’s been used for a long time for sore throats, ragged coughs and mouth inflammations. You can use either fresh or dried sage for your tea. Pour 1 cup of boiling water over 2 tablespoons fresh sage (or 1 tablespoon dried sage). Steep for 10 minutes and strain.
The best part about this recipe is that you might have the ingredients already in your pantry. It’s good for clearing up congestion in the nose and sinus cavity. Your dosage will vary by age; a toddler should take about a teaspoon, whereas an adult could handle a tablespoon.
- 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar (preferably Bragg’s, if available)
- 2 tablespoons honey (locally produced raw honey is best, if available)
- 2 tablespoons water
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
Place all ingredients in a small jar and shake. Make sure to shake well each time before using (it will keep in the refrigerator for about a week). Take as needed.
This is a great recipe to combat all of your cold symptoms. It’s fairly intense, so it’s not for babies. Give a little to small children to see how they react before giving more. You’ll also want to subtract the rum for children. All the spices in the drink are anti-inflammatory and help suppress your cough, break up mucus, and enhance blood flow.
- 4 cups water
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- ½ TSP cinnamon
- ½ TSP cloves
- Pinch of cayenne
- 2 ginger slices
- 2 Constant Comment tea bags
- ½ lemon, squeezed
- 3 oz. spiced rum
- 2 TB honey
Place water, spices and ginger in a medium pot and mix well. Bring to a simmer and set aside. Add the remaining ingredients and steep for 5 minutes. Drink hot.
This miso soup is nutrient dense. It’s full of plant protein, antioxidants, protective fatty acids and active beneficial bacteria. It will help empower your immune system to fight your cold or flu.
- 2 large yellow onions, peeled and coarsely chopped
- 1 tsp chili-garlic sauce
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 cups sliced mushrooms of choice
- 5 cups low sodium vegetable stock
- 3 cups water
- 1 cup shelled edamame beans, (run frozen beans under hot water for 15 seconds)
- 1 large red bell pepper, coarsely chopped
- 1 large yellow bell pepper, coarsely chopped
- 1 package (about 500 grams or about 2 cups) firm tofu, diced
- 6 Tbsp miso paste, or to taste
- 1 bundle green onion (scallions), finely chopped
Sauté onion, garlic, chili-garlic sauce and mushroom with some olive oil in a skillet until onion is translucent. Transfer into a large pot. Add vegetable stock and water followed by edamame, bell pepper and tofu, stirring to combine over medium heat. Allow mixture to come to a boil before reducing heat and adding miso. Adding the miso at the end of the process once the temperature of the soup has reduced will preserve the probiotic quality of this wonderful fermented food. Stir to integrate miso thoroughly and finally, add green onions (scallions) just before serving.
When your throat starts to hurting, something cool and smooth can help soothe the pain. They’re also packed with vitamin C, which boosts your immune system so your body can fight the virus or infection.
- 1 large ripe banana, peeled, sliced, and frozen
- 1/2 small avocado, flesh scooped out, and frozen
- 2-3 Clementines, peeled and broken into segments
- 2 tbsp coconut milk (the cream from top of can)
- 1/2 cup coconut milk (watery part) OR 1/2 cup milk
- 1/2 cup + 2 tbsp milk (I used almond milk)
- 1/4 tsp almond extract
- 1 Medjool date, pitted and roughly chopped (optional)
- 1-2 tsp fresh lemon juice
Peel and freeze the avocado, Clementines, and banana before making this smoothie. Once frozen, place all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. You may add more liquid if it is too thick. Makes 2 cups.
This homemade cough syrup is a powerful combination of several ingredients known for their healing properties. It soothes sore throats and coughs and boosts one’s immune system to fight off the cold.
- 3 Tbsp lemon juice
- ¼ cup raw honey
- 2 Tbsp coconut oil
Mix all the ingredients together in a small saucepan and heat over low until coconut oil is melted. Take warm syrup by the spoonful as desired. You can also mix the syrup into hot water or tea. Once the syrup cools, it will harden, so you have to warm it up again before serving. Store in refrigerator.
Do you have any natural homemade cold remedies? Share with us in the comments!
Guest Blog by Pooja Songar, Founder of Cutie Bees
Pooja Songar is a mom of 2 kids, ages 4 and 2 years, an IT professional (an Engineer) who has worked for Fortune 11 companies. After her first child struggled with skin rashes and eczema, Pooja learned about the issue of chemicals in baby clothing and their harmful health effects. Since then she has become an advocate for non-toxic living and is the inventor of the trendy, non-toxic baby clothing line, Cutie Bees.
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