Herbal remedies are the best way to cure the basic cold symptoms, it will not only give you medicinal benefits, but it is also soothing, warm and relaxing. Herbal teas used for cold eliminate the chill, alleviate post nasal drip, sinus congestion, sore throats, and fevers. There are many herbs available that help to ward off cold and flu viruses.
Herbal tea has medicinal properties. Each plant and herb has its healing properties, and different parts of the plant may be used to make an infusion whether it is a root, bark, stem, leaf, flower, and seed all offer a unique flavor or medicinal quality to your tea. Here, we share some herbal remedies which are very useful in curing a cold and how to prepare these remedies at home.
What Herbs to Use and When
Herbs for a Cough
- Onion Cough Syrup
- Onion Honey
- Thyme and Honey Syrup
- Thyme and Sage Inhalation
Herbs for Respiratory Infections
Thyme and Sage are the herbs used to cure respiratory tract problems. Either you can take steam using sage and thyme, or you can also drink sage and thyme tea.
Herbs for Nausea
- Plain Ginger
- Thyme and Honey tea
- Thyme Syrup
- Ginger Syrup
Herbs for Sinus Congestion
Herbs for Sore Throat
- Sage Tea
- Salt and Warm Water Gargle
- Warm sage tea and salt gargle
Alternatively, take thyme tea in a small spray bottle and mist the back of your throat.
Well, the basic method to prepare the herbal remedies to cure a cold is:
Take 1-3 tablespoons of dried herbs into a container.
Heat one and a half cup of water with herbs until it starts boiling
Boil water for few minutes and turn off the heat
At last, strain the water and enjoy your hot cup of tea.
Note: Herbs when used medicinally, they should be used in moderate amount for when pregnant women or women who breastfeed. Avoid sage if pregnant or breastfeeding as it is sometimes used to dry up breast milk.
Herbal Teas for Winter Colds
Chamoline – Soothing Properties for Cold
Chamomile is an effective antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent with calming influences. Drinking chamomile tea is very beneficial for curing a common cold, clear up congested sinuses, and also relieve stuffed nose. Apart from drinking chamomile tea you can also inhale or take hot steam.
Peppermint – A refreshing Natural Remedy
Peppermint has antibacterial and antiviral properties prevent cold and flu. Peppermint soothes muscle aches, alleviates a cough and open nasal passageways. Peppermint is very good for your overall health as it is one one of the most effective remedies for indigestion, it is good for the skin health, for soothing heartburn, stomach pain, cramps, vomiting, and bloating.
Lemon Myrtle’s – Antiseptic Properties
Lemon Myrtle’s anti-inflammatory activities occurred through down-regulation of iNOS and COX-2 enzymes and inhibition of the accumulation of their respective products NO and PGE2. Lemon Myrtle’s is a very effective herbal remedy against fevers, colds, sore throats, and headaches.
Lemon and Ginger – Soothing Properties
Ginger and lemon drink soothe a sore throat and a fantastic natural remedy if you have a cold and gives you comfort if you are suffering from the flu. You can drink this lemon and ginger drink by boiling ginger and squeezing lemon into this. You can also add honey to this drink because raw honey also has natural anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-viral properties.
Lemon, Lime & Ginger – Immunity Booster
A zesty blend of lemongrass, lemon myrtle and Tahitian lime oil and ginger root is perfectly balanced and seriously delicious. Lemongrass has antibacterial and anti-fungal properties that help you cope with cold, cough and flu. Moreover, it is loaded with Vitamin C that strengthens your immunity.
Ginger and Garlic – Soothe a Sore Throat
Ginger, Garlic, and Cayenne tea is a yummy and healthy way to warm up and to prevent and eradicate a sore throat. It takes a few minutes to prepare, and you can use it up to three times, and its taste grows over time. You can also add the cayenne powder in this tea, and you can drink this tea 3-4 cups in a day when you are sick. Drink this tea before bed to induce sweat.
Sage Tea – For Sinus Congestion
Sage has become one of the most beloved herbs used in culinary applications around the world. Sage contains a high amount of vitamin A, C, B-family, K, and E, as well as copper, fiber, calcium, iron, and magnesium make this a very popular herb in medicinal applications. To prepare sage tea, take two cups of water to boil and add sage leaves, lemon zest, and lemon juice, and all them boil together for 20 minutes. Now, turn off the heat and strain out the sage leaves and lemon zest and enjoy your sage tea.
Herbal Syrups for Cold
Herbal Syrups are made with the herbs, and these syrups are very useful to soothe a cough and sore throats.
Basic Herbal Honey Syrup
Honey Syrup is useful for alleviating allergies, boosts memory, and cough suppressant. What you need is one cup of raw honey and one-fourth cup of dried herbs such as ginger and a half cup of lemon juice.
Take a small saucepan, add lemon jest sliced ginger and one cup of water. Bring this mixture to boil and simmer it for 5 minutes. Strain through into heat-proof measuring cup. Now rinse the saucepan out and pour in one cup of honey and warm honey on low heat. But, do not allow it to boil. At last, add the strained lemon ginger water and lemon juice into honey. Stir the mixture until it comes in the form of thick syrup. Pour this syrup into a clean jar with the lid and refrigerate it and use it for up to 2 months.
Garlic Honey Syrup
Garlic honey syrup is used to cure a sore throat, cold and flu. For this syrup, take 6-7 cloves of raw garlic, 1/4 cup of raw honey. First, grate fresh garlic and let it be for 10 minutes to activate medicinal compounds. Add honey with garlic and mix. You can consume it immediately, and you can also store it on a sealed, sterilized and dry jar to use later. Before taking, must stir well with a dry and clean spoon. You can also have it with spreading this on the bread. Take it twice a day if you have a throat infection.
Onion Cough Syrup
Onion Cough Syrup is an amazing herbal remedy for a cough as it helps in to loosen the mucus. Onion is a natural expectorant and help in getting rid the lungs of congestion. It has been used as a natural cold remedy, and it is also an immunity booster as it contains both Vitamin C and phytochemicals which increase the effectiveness of Vitamin C in the body. To make this syrup, take one large onion peeled, 3 tablespoons of brown and white sugar. First, cut the onion into slices and sprinkle the sugar over the onions. Let this sit on a small plate until the juice from the onion starts to collect at the bottom of the plate. Take one tablespoon of this syrup in every 2 hours for the fast relief.
Thyme is known for its anti-microbial qualities which makes it powerful antiseptic. Thyme is an expectorant used for colds, flu’s and respiratory infection, laryngitis, tonsillitis, and sore throats. Thyme syrup is an excellent cough remedy and for calming the spasms of a hacking cough. This syrup is very easy to prepare, bring the water to boil in a small saucepan and remove from heat. Now add thyme and cover the pan and let sit for 10 minutes or until cooled. Strain the mixture, add honey and whisk until it dissolved. You can refrigerate this syrup and use it for two months. Take two spoons of this syrup to relieve a cough and throat infection.