Here are some home remedies for colds and flu that will help you if you get caught by a nasty bug.
These home remedies have been extracted from the book Jude’s Herbal Home Remedies. This is a wonderful book with a home remedy for just about everything. I’ve compiled for you here the simplest recipes using ingredients found in almost everyone’s pantry.
HOME REMEDIES FOR COLDS AND FLU
Cinnamon Ginger Cold Treatment
This recipe is great to use at the onset of a cold.
1 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ginger
1 tablespoon honey
Scald the milk. Add the cinnamon, ginger and honey. Drink while hot.This recipe is very soothing and great at the onset of a cold.
HOT LEMONADE COLD TREATMENT
1 glass of lemonade
Heat the lemonade and add honey to taste. This recipe is great for a cold with fever. It relaxes the body and eases discomfort.
RICE TEA FOR STOMACH UPSET, VOMITING AND DIARRHEA
1/2 cup rice
1 1/2 quarts water
Simmer the rice in the water for 15 minutes. Strain. Add vanilla and sugar to taste. Drink warm. Rice tea is a quick intervention to settle an upset stomach and stop vomiting and/or diarrhea. The rice tea soothes the stomach and makes resting much easier.
LEMON ORANGE SAGE TEA FLU REMEDY
2 pints water
1 ounce dried sage
1 lemon (juiced)
1 orange (juiced)
1 oz honey
Boil water. Pour over dried sage and add lemon juice, orange juice and honey. Mix well. Steep for 1 hour covered. Strain and drink often. Good cold or hot. This tea will help relieve flu symptoms.
OLD INDIAN ONION TREATMENT FOR CHEST CONGESTION
1 med onion
Slice then lightly fry onion in olive oil and place in flannel cloth. Lightly grease chest with olive oil. Place the onion poultice on the chest area. Cover to keep warm.
CAYENNE CINNAMON GINGER POULTICE FOR CHEST CONGESTION
2 teaspoons of cayenne pepper
4 tablespoons of powdered cinnamon
4 tablespoons of powdered ginger
olive oil (or vegetable oil)
Mix cayenne, cinnamon and ginger with enough olive oil to make a paste. Apply this mixture to a flannel cloth. Lightly grease chest with olive oil. Apply poultice to chest. Cover to keep warm. Leave on overnight. All of the ingredients in this poultice are stimulants and will cause the patient to perspire.
THYME COUGH SYRUP
1 pint water
1 ounce dried thyme
1 cup honey
Boil water. Pour over thyme. Cool to room temperature. Strain. Add honey. Shake to mix well. Store in refrigerator. Take 1 tablespoon several times daily for coughing and sore throats.
Source: Jude’s Herbal Home Remedies