Posts tagged ‘cold’

2014, February 10

Wintertime Sore Throat Tea Base

I have recently seen this older article on the a little life blog, and have immediately decided to make it myself. It was the perfect thing to add to my War Plan Against the Sniffles.

We had two jars of honey nearly finished, and as always, had an extra lemon in the house that I could use. Plus, it’s a seriously easy recipe that goes a long way when battling the sniffles!

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Wintertime Sore Throat Tea Base

Cut up one lemon into thin slices into a jar, then add about one and a half cups of honey (I used half Acacia, and half Floral Honey to empty two nearly-finished jars). Stir gently.

Refrigerate until a sore throat asks for some soothing, hot tea or for when ever you’re craving a fragrant and yummy drink on cold nights.

Add 2-4 teaspoonfuls of the tea base into a cup, pour boiling water over it, then get all warm and cozy in bed so you can bounce back from the sniffles!

If you want to, you can add a few mint leaves, or some ginger for extra flavor, and as an extra measure against your cold.

Stay healthy! ;)

2009, October 23

War plan against the sniffles

IMG_20140426_091729We all try to avoid it as much as possible, but the sniffles (with all it’s bacteria and stuff) has it’s own special plans and catching people off-guard is one of it’s best features.

So, aside from avoiding confrontation, we should develop some war plans for when we’re already under attack.

Here are some mostly natural home remedies against the common cold (absolutely perfect for someone with peptic ulcer (any form of it) as they won’t disturb your stomach).

As I’ve read, common colds need common sense, and even though you don’t need to use every single point from this list when you get a cold, there’s still no need to fill your body with antibiotics when you can cure your cold in a natural way:



  • Vitamin C can make the cold symptoms less severe or can shorten the length of a cold from seven days to two or three days with less coughing, sneezing, and other symptoms.
    In fact, overall, Vitamin C works as a scavenger in our body throwing out all toxins, that’s why all doctors urge people to eat fruits and vegetables every day.
    (for example: Orange, Lemon, Kiwi, Broccoli, Cauliflower, etc. you can find a detailed list here)
  • In case you don’t have these, you can buy Vitamin C (or Vitamin C with Propolis) from the pharmacy, and since it depends on the mg., take as many as the instructions or your doctor tells you, while you’re healing.
  • Take one piece of Propolis, or add 20 drops of Propolis tincture to 1 cube sugar and let it melt in your mouth.
    Propolis is a natural resinous mixture bees make, and it relieves numerous health conditions as it strengthens the immune system. Don’t eat anything after this for at least an hour so it will act as it stays on your throat.
  • Zinc is another wonder thing for a cold that can cuts it short. So when you first feel that you may be getting a cold, start eating Zinc rich foods. You can also take one Zinc pill, bought from the pharmacy, per day during sick days.
    (for example: eggs, various cereal and wheat, fish, yogurt, etc. you can find a detailed list here)
  • Eat garlic (as a bonus: this also helps in keeping those pesky vampires away) :P
  • Take a bath with a few drops of cinnamon and/or lavender in the bath water as this can relieve congestion and head aches while it relaxes you.
  • Get plenty of rest because that way your immune system is boosted up and it quickens the process of getting better.
  • Eat chicken soup. It’s no wonder grandmothers used to make this for us when we were little, it is quite effective in relieving cold symptoms. IMG_20130413_231241
  • Drink tea 2-3 times a day:
    – Elderberry tea is the best (or at least for me it is).
    – Ginger, Eucalyptus, Chamomile, Echinacea and Peppermint are also very good for colds.
    – A tea from the combination of one tablespoon of Plantain (Plantago Lanceolata), Heartsease (Viola Tricolor) and Thyme (Thymus) each  to 1 liter of water is amazing for any type of cough or irritated throat
  • Make some Wintertime Sore Throat Tea Base. (Ever since I found this recipe, I have it in the fridge all Winter long.)
  • Eat honey. Add a teaspoon of honey to your tea.
  • One spoonful of Pine (Bud Cone) Syrup swallowed slowly eases an irritated throat and helps with reducing coughing. Don’t eat anything after this for at least an hour so it will act as it stays on your throat.
  • For a dry irritated throat, mix: a few teaspoons of honey with some lemon juice (if you add 20-30 drops of Propolis, too, it’s even better) and slowly let it melt in your mouth. Don’t eat anything after this for at least an hour so it will act as it stays on your throat.
  • Here’s a separate blog post of mine for making some Homemade Cough Syrups.
  • Add 5-10 drops of Eucalyptus or Peppermint, Pine, Lavender, Thyme, Tea Tree oil to a bowl of steaming water.
    Place your nose over the vapors and inhale, covering your head with a towel and inhale deeply. This will cure your blocked or running nose as it will loosen thick mucus.
  • Apply VapoRub on your chest or throat right before going to sleep. Here’s how to make some Homemade Vapor Rub.
  • Make a tea by boiling 2 teaspoons of Astragalus root in 1 cup water for 15 minutes and drink. This tea enhances your immunity.
  • Nasal drops for dry and stuffy nose can be homemade by adding: 1/4 teaspoon of table salt to about 5 ml lukewarm water.
    Use this solution as a nasal drop, 1 to 2 drops in each nostril about 3 to 4 times daily.
    (You can keep this nasal drop in the refrigerator for 2-3 days.)
  • In case you’re sensitive to nose drops (shouldn’t use this without prescription as too much of it may cause chemical rhinitis) you can buy nasal gel from your local pharmacy (if you find a herbal based one, even better).
  • Fill a glass with warm water and mix in 1 tsp of table salt and gargle several times a day to cure throat soreness.

If you follow this war plan against the sniffles, you won’t have to wave the white flag and immediately take medicine.
My motto is this: if you can avoid getting many toxins and chemicals into your body, why not?

Stay healthy everyone! ;)

2009, October 21

I should listen to my better judgment

It’s been cold for over a week now, and I just hate it!

Yes, the leaves now have amazing colors and everything, but I hate the rain, and especially the cold, in case you hadn’t noticed by now.

My better judgment advised me 2 days ago not to go out in the rain.
In fact it advised me to stay inside and in bed for the whole day, possibly until March at least, but stubborn as I am, I didn’t listen.

After walking around downtown for a whole afternoon in pouring rain it wasn’t even an issue to go around all the puddles (way too many/too big to avoid and my shoes were soaking wet after the first 15 minutes anyway).

I didn’t worry too much about catching a cold, but it looks like I definitely have a talent for it.

Right now I’m trying to figure out how to type, sneeze and cough at the same time.
Oh darn, my nose is running, I better go catch it…

If there was anything you wanted to say, leave a message after the sneeze and I’ll get back to you in a few days ;)


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