Cold and Flu Herbal Remedies

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Colds With Flu Symptoms:

Mix 1 cup each of plantain, black Elder flowers, juniper berries, rosemary, Irish moss and peppermint, Steep 1tsp. of the herb mix in 1 cup boiling water for 15 min., strain reheat and sweeten, drink twice a daily.

Flu symptoms:

Pour 2 quarts boiling water over 1 ounce of dried sage, add the juice of lemon,1 orange, and 1 ounce of honey, mix well, cover and steep for 1 hour. Strain and drink as often as desired, reheat as needed.

Flu Remedy:

Pour 1 pints of boiling water over 1 ounce of elder flowers and 1 ounce of peppermint leaves, cover and let steep 15 min. strain and sweeten give 1 cup warm every hour to produce sweating.

For Flu:

Put 1tbsp. each of white yarrow, boneset, and skullcap in 1 pint of water, simmer for 30 min….strain, add 1tbsp. of this liquid and 1tsp. of psyllium seed, flavored to one cup of boiling water, sweeten w/corn syrup, drink every 30 min. this takes care of backaches and headaches too.

Congestion with cold:

add 1 ounce of comfrey root(cut up fine) to 1 pint of water, bring to a boil then simmer for 30 min…strain and sweeten take this 3-4 times a day by the cup, comfrey reduces the inflammation in the bronchial and alimentary system. It acts as an emollient, demulcent and expectorant, it also has pain relieving properties.

Chest congestion:

Mix 1/2 cup each of powdered slippery elm, corn starch, and crushed black mustard seed, wet the mixture just enough to make a thin paste, grease chest w/olive oil. Place the mixture on a warm flannel cloth and apply to the chest, cover to keep warm, keep on until chest skin begins to turn red.

Congestion treatment:

mix 1 cup warm almond oil, with 1/2tsp. of peppermint oil, massage the chest and back to relieve chest congestion, keep warm and give plenty of peppermint tea to produce sweating.(this works well also for children)

Bronchial problems:

heat 1 cup of milk,add 1tbsp. dried bee balm to the milk, allow to steep 15 min….strain and reheat, drink several glasses a day until improvement is noticed.

Comfrey Bronchial Infusion:

put 1/4 once of comfrey leaves in 1 pint of boiling water, cover and steep(covered) 30 min…strain and sweeten with honey, drink at least 2 cups per day.

Parsley Cough Treatment: This is good to use for persistent stubborn coughs.

Pour 2 1/2 cups of boiling water over 2tbsp. of dried Agrimony flowers or leaves and 1tbsp. of dried parsley, cover and steep until the mixture is cool, strain…use as a gargle to soothe throats, to stop persistent coughs take 2-3tbsp’s of the infusion morning and evening.

Cherry Cough Syrup:

Place 1 pint of cherries in a pan and add just enough water to cover , add several lemon slices and 1 pint of honey, simmer the mixture until cherries are soft, remove from heat. Remove the lemon and cherry pits from the mixture, refrigerate and take several tbsp. as needed for coughing.

Thyme Cough syrup:

Pour 1 pint boiling water over 1 ounce of dried thyme, cool to room temperature strain and add 1 cup of honey, shake to mix well, keep in refrigerated, take 1tbsp several times a day for sore throats, colds and coughing.

Colds, chest complaints and asthma:

To stave off infections:

Hyssop tea is used on a regular basis is said to help keep away infections; add several teaspoons of the chopped leaves to 2 cups of boiling water and allow to steep 15 minutes, strain and sweeten w/honey, take several cups a day if fighting a cold or infection.

Traditional Peppermint Cure:

mix 1 tablespoon of elder flowers,1tbsp. peppermint,1tbsp. white yarrow,1tbsp. feverfew flowers, pour 2 cups boiling water over mix, let steep for 15 min. strain, sweeten and drink hot, this will help break fever by perspiring. Yarrow acts as a pain reliever.


mullein flower tea; has a pleasant taste and is good to soothe inflamed conditions of mucous membrane lining of the throat, also relieves coughing, put a small handful of the mullein flowers in 1 pint of boiling water, allow to steep for 15 min., strain and sweeten w/honey.

cold treatment: chop several leaves of comfrey and add 1/2 cup of elderberries, add 1 cup of honey and 1 cup of water, simmer for 30 min. …strain and take as needed to produce perspiration and reduce fever, comfrey leaves produce an aspirin like substance and help to ease discomfort of a cold as well as soothes inflamed mucous membranes of the throat., elderberries serve a diuretic to flush the system.

Royal mix for the severe colds:

mix 1 cup each of dried white yarrow, spearmint, sage, catnip, horehound, verbena, and pennyroyal. Pour 1 pint of boiling water over 2 1/2tbsps. the herb mix. Cover and let stand 10 min…..strain and sweeten…drink 1 cup every couple of hours, use more often if sweating is desired.

Rice tea:

This remedy is for kids and adults (both will love) simmer 1/2cup of rice in 1 1/2 quarts of water for 15 min., strain and add a few drops of vanilla flavoring and sugar, sprinkle w/cinnamon for extra flavor(drink warm) this settles an upset stomach quickly, stops vomiting, diarrhea fast.

Rosehip tea:

Pour 1 cup boiling water over 1 teaspoon of crushed rosehips and 1teaspoon of dried lemon peel, let steep 15 min. strain and use honey to sweeten, drink this tea whether you have a cold or not, the extra vitamin c is good or you anytime.

Cold treatment:

boil 8 cornhusks in 2 pints of water for 30 min…strain and drink, said to relieve headaches and stuffiness of the nose during cold.

cold remedy:

put one gallon of water in a large pan, adding 3 ounces softened ginger root, 3 cups honey, and 1/4 pound seedless raisins, bring to a boil, simmer for about an hour(top will need to be skimmed every once in a while)cool, strain and place in a tightly closed container overnight in the frige.

The next day, squeeze 6 lemons,4 oranges and add to the mixture, mix well and drink 2-3 glasses per day, will get rid of the symptoms pretty fast and clean the system.

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Originally posted 2006-10-18 09:56:01.

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