Stuffy nose, cough, and upset stomach are a few of the things that plague our health. And while these have no cure because they are most often viral, we have natural resource at our fingertips. Often in our kitchen. Which is why I am excited to share 3 home remedies for cold and common ailments.
3 home remedies for cold and common ailments
- Fire cider tonic. Heard of it? Better yet, have you thrown back a shot of it? (If you're answer is yes, you already KNOW the power of this concoction to knock out the junk!) It's one of my tried and true home remedies for cold that actually keeps my immune system at a healthy place to fight off infection. I buy this brand when I'm in a pinch, but I also have a great recipe for it, coming soon!
- Sore throat honey balm. Pour ½ cup of honey, juice of a lemon, 2 tablespoon ground turmeric and a pinch of black pepper into a mason jar. Mix well. Add in 3-4 crushed garlic cloves and let it rest and come together for 10 minutes. Take 3 tablespoons per day as needed. BOOM. Sore throat can peace out now.
- Immune boosting water infusion. One of the easiest ways to keep our immune systems healthy and strong is simply drinking enough water. The goal is to make sure your urine output is like light lemonade, which can be done by drinking around half your body weight in ounces. Water intake is entirely dependent on physical output, weight, and many varying factors, so go by the urine rule! Even better than boring old water, is infusing it with fruits, veggies, and herbs that are packed with antioxidants. Click here to get my go-to water infusion recipe.
- Okay fine, I'm throwing in a bonus! Elderberry syrup is your best friend during cold and flu season, and it's great for kids too at boosting immunity and knocking out the junk! You can buy it here or make your own!
Making your own materia medica and home herbal apothecary
Abbey, are you quoting the Herbology text book from Harry Potter?
It sounds like it, huh? That is where I would hang out if I went to Hogwarts, although keep me away from the mandrakes. I've legit had nightmares that I've given birth to one of those!
Eeeeep! (Insert terrified emoji.)
But what I AM interested in is how to make my own material medica and home herbal apothecary!
What is that? Materia medica meaning explained...
A materia medica is your body of knowledge that describes how plants have been used therapeutically throughout the ages, and how you can use them to support your health. Translated from Latin, it literally means means “healing materials.”
Once you put together your favorite plants and herbs for medicinal uses, you create your own apothecary, or a collection of your favorites herbs, tinctures, salves, etc. Cool, right?!
Making your materia medica journal
Because holistic wellness is something dear to me, specifically using plants for herbal medicine, I made a book of my go to recipes for things like home remedies for cold and common ailments.
Other ways to get over a cold naturally
- Drink plenty of liquids. I recommend citrus infused water to a comforting tea.
- Get good rest and sleep.
- Reduce stress by incorporating adaptogens into your daily routine, which are herbs use to support the body in resisting stressors.
- Meditate and focus on your healing as a top priority.
- Wash your hands!