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Herbal Cough, Cold, And Flu Remedies

As the weather begins to cool off, the cough, cold, and flu season is coming into view. So I want to share about some God-given herbal and natural remedies.


Coughs are caused by an irritation in the lining of the throat and lungs. This irritation causes a build up of mucus. When you aren’t feeling well, the lining of your throat and lungs become more sensitive. Many things can annoy your already irritated and tender lining, including cold air, eating and drinking, and even just breathing. When you cough, it may tickle or feel dry and hacking and may cause you to clear your throat. Some coughs are caused by mucus buildup in your throat or lungs. After a bout of coughing, you usually produce a ball of phlegm. They may cause your lungs to rattle and may sound like barking. This type of cough can become spasmodic as the body works to eliminate mucus. Taking cough drops can reduce your coughing, but won’t cure your cough; they only suppress the body’s natural healing process.

The best ways to heal your cough is to soothe irritated areas and give the mucus a way to escape your body. Some good herbal remedies for colds with coughs will include licorice, horehound, mullein, peppermint, elderflowers, sage, lemon balm, blackberry, borage, catnip (also known as catmint), fenugreek, juniper, lemons, cayenne, and yarrow.

In homeopathy there are many remedies for the different types of cough. Please, check with your health care provider to find out which one is best for your specific cough type.

Herbal Tea Cough Therapies

Aniseed Tea – good for a persistent cough and is easily made

  1. Crush one teaspoon of Aniseed between two spoons and place them in a coffee mug
  2. Pour in boiling water to nearly fill the mug
  3. Cover and allow to steep fifteen minutes.
  4. Strain and drink while still hot
  5. Repeat two or three times daily

Ginger Root Tea

  1. Place piece of ginger root an inch long and about ½ an inch in diameter into a sauce pan full of water
  2. Add half a peeled and sliced lemon, a crushed garlic clove, and one tablespoon of honey
  3. Bring to a boil and simmer for twenty minutes
  4. Strain and drink while still hot
  5. Add more honey according to your taste if necessary

Peppermint Tea – very useful for a cough that comes with a constant tickle in your throat

  1. Finely chop fresh-picked leaves
  2. Pour into a cup of boiling water and steep fifteen minutes
  3. Strain and drink while still warm to hot

Thyme Tea – known for its antiseptic properties and very useful for chest colds/coughs, even those with a related chest infection

  1. Pour boiling water over one teaspoon crushed, dry leaves
  2. Steep fifteen minutes
  3. Strain and drink

Turmeric Tea – if your cough is accompanied by a constant dry tickle in your throat, this tea and its antiseptic properties are very useful.

  1. Roast turmeric root and crush into a powder
  2. Put half a teaspoon of powder (about three grams) into a hot drink both morning and evening

Hyssop Tea – one of the best herbal cough remedies

  1. Chop a bunch of hyssop very fine
  2. Place in a coffee mug
  3. Pour in ten to twelve ounces of boiling water
  4. Steep fifteen to twenty minutes
  5. Strain and drink hot

Eucalyptus Tea – a great decongestant and inhalant

  1. Crush a bunch of leaves (either with your hands, a rolling pin, or with a mortar and pestle)
  2. Soak the leaves in a bowl of boiling water for fifteen to twenty minutes
  3. Strain and drink while still hot
  4. Repeat two to three times daily

Cold Remedies

As more people become “herb savvy,” they are ditching traditional, over-the-counter remedies and turning to more natural and herbal methods. These methods fight colds by stimulating the immune system or by reducing symptoms.

Both lemon and honey are soothing to sore throats. Lemons can also cause you to sweat, which will help bring a fever down.

Herbal Fever Remedy

Mix herbs and place them in a saucepan. Pour in distilled boiling water over the herbs. Cover and steep ten to fifteen minutes, but don’t boil. When ready, strain into another saucepan. Add honey to taste if desired.

This will drop the temperature associated with colds and flu. Some have seen the temperature drop from 104° to 99° in as little as two hours.

Children’s Herbal Antibiotic Formula

Put water and herbs in saucepan. Simmer two minutes. Remove from heat and steep and additional twenty minutes. Strain. A fifty-pound child should take one cup tea of daily.  Add ¼ cup tea for each additional ten pounds a child weighs.

Other Herbal Remedies

Inhale steam for fifteen minutes, three times daily, while illness is in the acute stage. When the condition is improving, inhale steam in the evening before bed for a week to help heat bronchial passages.

You might try growing some of these herbs in your garden next year to add to your natural medicine chest.

Remember, as with any herbal remedy, check with your health care provider before starting new treatments, as they may not work well with current therapies.

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