Are you looking for natural home remedies for cold and flu?
Here are seven of our favorite, simple remedies to support the immune system and soothe a sore throat, cough, or congestion.
They’re really yummy, too!
1. Herbal Vitamin C Pills
Vitamin C is commonly used as a supplement to support immune system health. However, while supplementation is sometimes necessary, it’s almost always better to get our nutrients from whole food sources. Fortunately, it’s easy to make your own vitamin C pills with rose hips and other herbs.
2. Elderberry Gummies
Elderberries are a powerful herb for preventing a cold or flu and for shortening the duration of a cold or flu. In this elderberry gummy bear recipe we first make a juice from dried elderberries, and then we use gelatin to make fun gummy shapes. Kids of all ages will enjoy them.
3. Hyssop Oxymel
Oxymels combine the stimulating properties of vinegar with the soothing qualities of honey. This centuries-old preparation is specific for coughs and congestion, especially when there is lots of mucus stuck in the lungs. Hyssop oxymel has an alluring taste, and the pungency of aromatic hyssop brings this preparation to life!
4. Herbal Cough Drops
Made with sage, thyme, and hyssop, these herbal cough drops are great for dry coughs that tickle your throat at night and that prevent you from sleeping. These lozenges last for a long time, so you can make them now and stock up for the winter.
5. Spicy Herbal Vinegar
This spicy herbal vinegar is a perfect remedy for someone who needs a fiery kick to the immune system. Our recipe is based on Fire Cider, a cold and flu remedy formulated by Rosemary Gladstar. The spicy herbs in this concoction are great for opening sinuses and clearing mucus congestion.
6. Stuffy Nose Remedy
Steam is a wonderful aid for loosening up congestion. You can get the benefits of steam from a sauna, a hot shower or bath, or simply by smelling your hot herbal tea. We like using chamomile to make an herbal steam for our stuffy nose remedy.
7. Sore Throat Pastilles
These herbal pastilles are not only effective at relieving sore throats, they are also quite tasty! Combining herbs like rose petals, sage, marshmallow root, and honey, the pastilles can be made in advance or when needed.