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    Default Herbal Cold & Flu Remedies

    Garlic Honey Cough and Cold Syrup
    Peel garlic cloves, put into a jar. Cover with honey. Set in warm place
    for 2 weeks or more until the garlic turns opaque. Take 1 teaspoonful as
    needed. Dilute with a little water or lemon juice for children.

    Onion Cough and Cold Syrup
    Slice an onion, cover it with honey, let stand overnight. Strain, take a
    teaspoonful 4-5 times daily as needed.

    Cherry Horehound Syrup
    2 ounces honey, 2 ounces water. Boil and skim. Add 1 ounce vodka, 1
    ounce syrup of wild cherry bark, 1/2 ounce of horehound syrup, 1/2 ounce
    of rhubarb syrup, 1/2 ounce of wild ginger syrup. Shake well before each
    use. Take one teaspoon as needed or every hour.

    My Favorite Cough Syrup Combo
    2 part Elecampane Root, 1 part Horehound, 2 parts Muskmallow or
    Marshmallow Root. Combine all the herbs, cover in honey and keep warm
    for 1 day. Strain herbs and use as needed.

    Anise Tea for Coughs
    Using Anise as a cough remedy is now supported by science. It has been a
    traditional treatment for coughs, bronchitis and asthma. The herb
    contains creosol and alpha-pinene that loosen bronchial secretions and
    make them easier to cough up. Gently crush 1 teaspoon of anise seeds per
    cup of boiling water. Steep for 10-20 minutes and strain. Drink up to 3
    cups per day. As a tincture, take 1/2 to 1 teaspoon up to 3 times a day.
    for children and the elderly begin with low-strength preparations and
    increase in strength if necessary.

    Cough Combo
    Equal parts of Coltsfoot, Mullein and Licorice. Combine all herbs and
    use 1-2 tsp. per cup of boiling water. Steep for 10 minutes.

    Whooping Cough
    1 part White Horehound, 2 parts Mouse Ear, 1 part Sundew, 1 part
    Coltsfoot, 1 part Thyme. Mix all ingredients together. Use 1-2 teaspoon
    to 1 cup of boiling water. Steep 10 minutes.

    Old Fashioned Mustard Plaster
    Mix one part mustard powder with 4 parts of flour. add enough water to
    make a thick paste. Rub a little warmed olive oil over the chest then
    apply the mustard paste to chest, lung areas and upper back, keeping it
    in place with a clean cotton cloth. You can use powdered ginger root
    instead of mustard as well.

    Ginger Root Tea
    Ginger helps fight kill influenza virus and increases the immune systems
    ability to fight infection. 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger, 1 cup of
    boiling water. Pinch of cayenne. Add lemon juice and honey to taste.
    Steep 10 minutes. Drink as little or as much as you desire throughout
    the day.

    Fenugreek Tea
    Fenugreek's soothing mucilage may help relieve sore throat pain, cough,
    and minor indigestion. Gently boil 2 teaspoons of bruised seeds per cup
    of water. Simmer 10 minutes. Drink up to 3 cups a day. to improve flavor
    add, honey, lemon, anise or peppermint. Do not give medicinal
    preparations to children under 2. For older children and the elderly
    start with low strength preparation and increase strength if needed.

    Sore Throat
    2 teaspoons honey. 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice or to taste, 1 cup water.
    Boil water, add honey and lemon. Drink to relieve sore throat. Other
    remedies: Gargle with hot salt water. 1/2 teaspoon salt to 8 ounces of
    water 4-5 times a day.

    Licorice Root. Suck on Licorice candy made from real licorice or drink a
    tea by steeping 1 teaspoon of licorice root in 1 cup of hot water for 3
    minutes.

    Blackberry
    Eat blackberries to relieve mouth sores and sore throat. Tea: Use 2 to
    3 teaspoons of dried leaves per cup of boiling water. Steep 10-20
    minutes, drink up to 3 cups per day.

    Echinacea
    2 teaspoons per cup of water, bring to a boil then simmer for 15
    minutes. Drink up to 3 cups a day.

    Eucalyptus
    Eucalyptus loosens the phlegm in the chest, making it easier to cough
    up. Studies show Eucalyptus kills influenza, a virus that causes the
    most serious form of flu. It kills some bacteria so may help prevent
    bacterial bronchitis, a common complication of colds and flu. Use 1 to 2
    teaspoons of dried crushed leaves per cup of boiling water. Steep 10
    minutes. Drink up to 2 cup per day. Not for children under 2.

    Horehound
    Horehound is commonly used as a cure for childrens cough, cold and
    croup. This herb has expectorant properties that loosen phlegm from the
    chest. Use 1/2 to 1 teaspoon dried herb to 1 cup of boiling water.
    Simmer for 10 to 15 minutes, drink 3 times a day.

    Horehound Candy
    1 cup horehound tea, 4 cups sugar, 2 cups dark or light corn syrup.
    Boil horehound leaves to make a good strong tea. Drain reserving 1 cup
    of liquid. Add the cup of tea to the other ingredients and boil until it
    just starts to caramel. Put onto a flat greased cookie sheet. Start
    cutting with kitchen shears or scissors as soon as it starts to harden
    on edges.

    Allergy Relief Formula
    2 parts Fenugreek, 1 part Horehound, 1/2 part Black Cohosh, 1/8 part
    Lobelia.

    Bronchitis
    2 parts Elecampane, 1 part Goldenseal, 1 part Licorice, 1 part Wild
    Cherry Bark, 2 teaspoons Honey. Combine all the dry herbs together,
    insuring that they are well mixed. Take 1 ounce of the dry mixture and
    place in a 8 ounce jar, or a mug that can be covered completely. Pour 6
    ounces over herbs and let steep for 15 to 20 minutes. Strain off the
    herbs and add 2 teaspoons of raw honey or to taste. Drink 6 ounces 3
    times a a day.

    Cold and Flu Combo
    3 parts Echinacea, 3 parts Goldenseal Root, 2 parts Pau D Arco, 2 parts
    peppermint leaf, 2 parts Mullein, 1 part Ginger Root. Combine all of the
    herbs together. Place 2 Tablespoons of mix in jar that can be completely
    covered. Pour 6 ounces of hot water over the herbs and seal. Steep for
    10 to 15 minutes. Strain herbs. Drink 1 cup 3 times a day. Inhale the
    tea to relieve sinus congestion.

    Elecampane Tea
    Elecampane is used for chronic lung conditions, asthma, bronchitis,
    colds and pleurisy. Simmer 1/2 ounce of dried root in one pint of water
    for 20 minutes. Drink after meals.

    Bergamot Tea
    Bergamot is a rich source of thymol, an aromatic antiseptic. Helps
    nausea, vomiting and upset stomach. Infuse 1 teaspoon dried bergamot in
    one cup of boiling water. Steep for 15 minutes. Strain and add honey to
    taste.

    Cold Sores
    Combine Bergamot, Eucalyptus and Tea Tree Oil.

    Lemon Balm
    2 Teaspoons dried herb to 1 cup of water. Steep 15-20 minutes. Sweeten
    with honey and give for fevers, cold and flu symptoms.

    Influenza
    2 parts Boneset, 1 part Elder Flower, 1 part peppermint. Mix all
    together and use 1-2 tsp. per cup of boiling water. Drink as hot as
    possible.

    Sinusitis
    1 part Echinacea, 1 part Goldenrod, 1 part Goldenseal, 1 part
    Marshmallow leaf. Mix all ingredients together and use 1-2 teaspoons per
    cup of boiling water. Simmer for 15 minutes and drink 1 cup every 2 hours.

    Hayfever
    2 parts Elderflowers, 1 part Ephedra, 1 part Eyebright, 1 part
    Goldenseal. Mix all herbs together. Use 1 teaspoon per cup of boiling
    water, let steep 10 minutes. Drink 1 cup up to 3 times a day.

    Tonsillitis
    2 parts Echinacea, 2 parts Poke root, 2 parts Red Sage, 1 part Balm of
    Gilead. Mix all herbs together and use 1-2 tsp per cup of boiling
    water. simmer for 10 minutes and drink 1 cup every 2 hours.

    Blood Purifier for Colds
    2 oz. Echinacea root, 1 oz. Yellow Dock root, 1 oz. Golden Seal root,
    1/2 oz. Ginseng root. Powder herbs and mix together. Put into size 00
    capsules and take 2 capsules 3 times a day for 10 days. This combination
    is good for just about any illness.

    Antiviral Herbs"
    Lemon Balm, Boneset, Chamomile, Cinnamon, Echinacea, Ginger, Ginseng,
    St. John's Wort.

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    Default Re: Herbal Cold & Flu Remedies

    I swear by the onion and honey remedy. During the times of the plague, the people that spread onions around their homes are the ones that actually survived it.

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    Default Re: Herbal Cold & Flu Remedies

    2 parts Echinacea
    2 parts Poke root
    2 parts Red Sage
    1 part Balm of Gilead

    Mix all herbs together and use 1-2 tsp per cup of boiling
    water. simmer for 10 minutes and drink 1 cup every 2 hours.

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    Default Re: Herbal Cold & Flu Remedies

    Quote Originally Posted by mmyrracc View Post
    2 parts Echinacea
    2 parts Poke root
    2 parts Red Sage
    1 part Balm of Gilead

    Mix all herbs together and use 1-2 tsp per cup of boiling
    water. simmer for 10 minutes and drink 1 cup every 2 hours.

    Where can I find Balm of Gilead - and more specifically- what exactly is it??

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    Default Re: Herbal Cold & Flu Remedies

    Balm of Gilead is a balm made from the resinous gum of the North American Balm of Gilead (Populus × jackii) tree or from related species such as the balsam poplar, you can buy it online at Amazon fairly inexpensively.

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    Default Re: Herbal Cold & Flu Remedies

    I love all the natural and herbal remedies! Thanks for sharing them all and the information.

    Question: does anyone know a natural remedy for chronic sinus and ear infections? I'm -really- tired of having to go back to the Dr every month or two and taking Rx antibiotics.
    The headaches/migraines the sinus issues are causing are really bad and quite tiresome.

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    You might check with your doctor to see if you have a mild allergy. My son looses most of his hearing and my daughter has a nonstop cough when pollen is high. And for us here we have a year long pollination season. Good luck.

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    Default Re: Herbal Cold & Flu Remedies

    Hi,
    don't know if anyone has mentioned this, I used to have fairly frequent sinus infections due to seasonal allergies, esp. in the Fall. I have found if I put a medicine dropper full of hydrogen peroxide in each ear and wait until any popping sound stops at the first sign or sore throat or ear ache, it most often ends there. Then I drain the spent solution on a cotton ball or tissue and do the other side. I have done this on my now 10 year old for years without issues. We also do this proactively after swimming and it always seems to do the trick. Caution, I wouldn't do this if I had a perforated ear drum because it could be really painful. I still occasionally have a sinus migrane but it hasn't gone into a sinus infection since I started using this remedy.

    Quote Originally Posted by MrsPaws View Post
    I love all the natural and herbal remedies! Thanks for sharing them all and the information.

    Question: does anyone know a natural remedy for chronic sinus and ear infections? I'm -really- tired of having to go back to the Dr every month or two and taking Rx antibiotics.
    The headaches/migraines the sinus issues are causing are really bad and quite tiresome.

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