Our respiratory system is delicate and vulnerable to infection, environmental pollution and internal toxin overload. Herbal remedies such as garlic, sage and thyme can be used regularly to prevent infection. As well as prevention, herbs can be used as natural remedies.
Herbal Remedies For Cold
If you have too many internal toxins, are run down, stressed, constipated or have sluggish bowels, or you do not get exercise, a virus can thrive. As a result you will have cold symptoms such as catarrh, mucus and fever. This is the body’s way of cleansing itself.
A good herbal remedy for a cold is a hot tea mixture of yarrow, peppermint, elderflower and boneset drunk every couple of hours. This tea causes you to perspire and thus reduces fever. It clears mucus and catarrh and relieves aches and pains.
Another herbal tea which is efficient is a spicy tea containing the following ingredients:
1 ounce (25g) fresh ginger
1 teaspoon coriander seeds
1 cinnamon stick
This tea can be sweetened with a little honey.
To help loosen the catarrh and to stimulate the mucous membranes it helps to drink hot teas made from cinnamon, ginger, hyssop, peppermint or chamomile prepared as a mixture, or each herb can be used individually as a tea. To soothe irritation and soreness, marshmallow and comfrey are efficient.
Inhaling cloves, cinnamon, rosewood, eucalyptus or thyme oils or infusions helps in loosening and clearing the catarrh. The infusions can be used in vaporizers and herbal baths.
You can use these same herbal products in a hot foot bath, to stimulate circulation which in turn helps to eliminate the virus. A tablespoon of mustard powder in a footbath will have the same effect.
Liniments are made from herbal extracts in oil. They very often have cayenne or ginger included as they are stimulating essential oils which help to augment the local circulation and thus in turn enhance the absorption of the liniment through the skin. The liniments can be applied on the chest, throat, and sinuses and around the nose. Good herbal liniments are made from lavender, pine, chamomile and eucalyptus amongst others. As the body tries to eliminate toxins, chronic catarrh and sinusitis can develop. These herbal liniments are efficient in combating these ailments. Other herbal remedies for a cold are raw garlic in honey, to combat infection, and echinacea tincture.