How to Beat The Common Cold Using Top 7 Herbs
The common cold is a viral upper respiratory infection which weakens the immune system, and can lead to secondary infections such as bronchitis. For this reason alone, we must treat the common cold in it's earliest stages.
The common cold can range from simple to extremely complex, and has troubled the majority of individuals, on average, between 2-4 times per year. Children are even more prone to becoming infected with the common cold, and statistically, fall "victim" to the common cold viral infection at least 6-10 times per year.
According to scientists, there are about 200 different viruses that can contribute to a cold. We may get sick by inhaling a bug, or when bacteria is transferred from our hands to our eyes and mouth.
On the contrary to what most people believe, the common cold is not brought on from changes in climate, a poor diet, or lack of exercise. However, those who suffer from allergies or asthma may be more prone to getting the common cold. Studies have shown that stress can even increase the chance of getting sick with the common cold.
How To Beat The Common Cold Effectively
The most natural, healthy, and economical way to treat the common cold is through the consumption of herbal teas.
Herbs have been used effectively in treating common cold viral infections for centuries, and they help to immediately improve the illness in it's entirety.
Below, we have presented a few natural herbal recipes that will help you recover from the common cold very quickly.
Note: Don't try all the recipes listed below all at the same time. Decide which recipe you will use depending on the availability and the side effects of the herb.
Chamomile is an absolute staple when it comes to treating the common cold, especially when it comes kids. Chamomile calms nerves, helps children sleep well, and reduces inflammation and fever. Chamomile was previously referenced by the Egyptians for use as a medicinal plant, and it is one of the most loved and overused herbs among garden herbs.
The wild chamomile plant grows in fields, clay soil, hillsides, along country paths, and among rubble, as well as in gardens.
Chamomile has antiseptic, soothing, antispasmodic, and anti-inflammatory properties. It is a “cure-all”, especially when it comes to babies.
Infusion: Pour boiling water into a cup with 1 teaspoon chamomile. Allow this mixture to sit for 3-4 minutes, strain and then consume very slowly. Consume up to 3 cups per day.
Inhalation: Pour 1 liter of boiling water into a saucepan with 1 tablespoon chamomile. Put a towel on your head and inhale the steam. For an even more effective treatment, keep yourself very warm after each inhalation.
Chamomile can cause uterine contractions that could result in a miscarriage. Chamomile should be avoided by pregnant and nursing mothers.
Chamomile should also be avoided by people who have allergies to ragweed, which belongs to the same plant family as chamomile.
Chamomile contains coumarins, which are natural blood thinners, and should be avoided by those who are taking blood thinner drugs.
- Calamus Root
The Latin word calamus is derived from the Greek word “kálamos”, meaning reed or cane.
In the thirteenth century, the Tartars brought calamus to Europe.
Calamus grows around lakes, in rivers, ponds, and in marshes. It's root is widely used in pharmaceutical products, and the essential oil that derives from calamus has antibiotic properties. The aromatic reed is considered to have tonic, digestive, and diuretic properties.
Calamus root is great for throat colds, sore throats, chest colds, and head colds.
Cold Infusion: Calamus root tea can only be prepared as a cold infusion. Place 1 teaspoon calamus root in cold water and leave overnight. The next morning, warm the mixture for 5-10 minutes and then strain it, drink one cup ½ an hour before breakfast, and one cup ½ an hour before lunch.
Fresh Juice: Wash fresh calamus root, cleanse the roots thoroughly, and while they are still wet, pour the roots into a juicer and drink up to 2 cups per day. The mixture must be made fresh daily.
Calamus essential oil contains aserone, which has a high toxicity level, and can be hallucinogenic in high doses. Never use this essential oil in extract form.
Calamus root overdose can cause vomiting and gastrointestinal problems.
Calamus should be avoided by pregnant women and nursing mothers.
Herbalists have considered Echinacea an alternative antibiotic since the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. Echinacea is one of the oldest and most popular herbs available.
Echinacea grows well in sunny areas, moist to dry prairies, loamy soil, fields, gardens, along the sides of country paths, and in open wooded areas.
Echinacea has antiseptic, antiviral, and vasodilator properties.
Echinacea has the ability to increase the body’s white blood cells. The white blood cells are our main defense against pathogenic particles that enter the body.
Echinacea reduces the symptoms of the cold or flu, laryngitis, tonsillitis, and seems to prevent vaginal yeast infections.
How to use:
Infusion: Pour boiling water into a cup with 1 teaspoon Echinacea flowers. Allow this mixture to sit for 3-4 minutes, strain and then drink up to 1 cup a day.
Because Echinacea is a very “strong” herb, you should not drink its tea more than once per day, and not for more than 10 days on a consecutive basis. If you want to drink more of the mixture, drink it for 10 days, wait another 15-20 days, and then drink it again for another 10 days.
Echinacea should be avoided by people with white blood cell disorders, multiple sclerosis, HIV/AIDS, collagen disorders, tuberculosis, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, any autoimmune disorders, and those who have plant allergies.
Echinacea should be avoided by people with the skin condition pemphigus vulgaris.
Avoid taking Echinacea along with caffeine, as this could cause a quicker than normal heartbeat, jitteriness, or a headache.
People who are on steroid medication including cortisone, betamethasone, hydrocortisone, prednisolone, methylprednisolone, cyclosporine, triamcinolone, azathioprine, tacrolimus, or another immune system suppressant should avoid consuming Echinacea.
Echinacea should also be avoided by pregnant women and nursing mothers.
The name salvia originated from the Latin verb “salvare”, meaning “to save” (lives).
The ancient Greeks used it as a multi-drug. The Arabs believed that sage could heal anything, and the Latin’s considered sage to be the sacred plant of immortality. The French call sage, "Greek tea" and use it for its medicinal properties, much like many Europeans. The Chinese call sage, "Greek sprout", and consider it to be better than tea.
Sage has antibacterial, antiseptic, cardio-tonic, and anticonvulsant properties, it is widely known to be an excellent herb for treating the common cold.
Infusion: Pour boiling water into a cup with 1 teaspoon sage. Allow the mixture to sit for 4-5 minutes, strain and then drink up to 3 cups per day.
Decoction: Use 30 g dried or 60g fresh sage leaves, roots, bark, twigs, and rails, then pour 750g water in a pan (by heating, it will retain 500 g water) and cover the mixture. Let the mixture simmer over medium heat for an hour until the water is reduced by one third.
Drain with a strainer and then pour into a pitcher or cup. For later use, store the mixture in a cool place such as in the refrigerator for a maximum of 72 hours.
Sage should not be used by individuals who are epileptic, because it contains thujone which can trigger seizures.
Sage should be avoided by people taking hypertensive drugs, pregnant women, and nursing mothers.
- Stinging Nettle
Stinging nettle, called "wergulu" in old Essex in the tenth century, was noted as one of the nine sacred herbs, along with plantain, chamomile, chervil, mugwort, crab apple, watercress, and fennel.
Some natural physicians say that stinging nettle is the only herb needed for the treatment of all illnesses. Stinging nettle contains a large amount of vitamins and trace minerals, and also helps the body to stay hydrated and remove toxins.
Stinging nettle has analgesic, anticancer, diuretic, anodyne, tonic, astringent, and depurative properties. It increases the body’s resistance to disease, which makes it a good preventive measure to ward off the common cold.
Infusion: Pour boiling water in a cup with 1 teaspoon stinging nettle. Allow this mixture to sit for 4-5 minutes, strain and then drink up to 3 cups per day.
Nettle tea reduces high cholesterol and blood pressure in the body and brings it back to normal levels. Nettle tea should not be consumed by people who take medication for hypertensive disorders or diabetes.
Nettle tea should not be consumed by those who have kidney problems, atherosclerosis, or those who are taking anticoagulants or sedative medications.
Nettle should also be avoided by pregnant women and those who suffer from uterine adenomas.
Thyme has been used since the middle Ages as a medicinal plant. The ancient Greeks burned thyme in their temples to use as an offering for the gods, as well as for consecration and purification purposes.
Thyme has analgesic, antispasmodic, antibacterial, anticancer, antioxidant, antifungal, antiviral, digestive, nerving, and warming properties.
Thyme helps to treat coughs, infections of the upper respiratory, as well as bronchitis. It contains flavonoids which relax the muscles of the trachea, it also reduces inflammation, as well as relieves the symptoms of the common cold.
Infusion: Pour boiling water in a cup with 1 teaspoon thyme. Allow this mixture to sit for 4-5 minutes, strain and then drink up to 2 cups per day.
Syrup: Mash 200 g thyme and put in a saucepan along with 1 liter cold water. Add 300 g raw sugar and 250 g honey. Boil this mixture over low heat, and as soon as it starts boiling, remove and leave to sit overnight. Pour boiling water in a cup with one teaspoon of this syrup, consume the syrup very slowly, up to 2 teaspoons a day.
Large amounts of thyme can affect menstrual cycles.
This herb should be avoided by people who are taking drugs that might weaken their immune systems.
Thyme should also be avoided by pregnant women and nursing mothers.
- Yarrow (Achillea Millefolium)
Since the dawn of the human race, there are several different plants which have been known to offer powerful medicinal resources.
Yarrow is one of those plants…
Yarrow is unsurpassed for treating the flu and fevers, and it is excellent and safe even for children. Time is of the essence, the failure to take action at the first signs of the flue or a fever could result in an individual being sick for a longer period of time than what is necessary.
If used abundantly in tea or as a tincture when an illness is just beginning, the illness will usually reduce and the symptoms will decrease within 24 hours.
Yarrow is especially great for treating fevers because it induces perspiration, and is perfect for all childhood illnesses. Yarrow is naturally bitter, so it is often good to include peppermint and stevia leaf when making the tea.
Infusion: Pour boiling water in a cup with 1 teaspoon yarrow. Allow the mixture to sit for 4-5 minutes, strain, and then drink up to 4 cups per day.
Yarrow should not be used by people with low hypertension or blood-clotting problems.
It should also be avoided by people who might be taking drugs for hypertension, for slow blood clotting, those who are taking lithium, sedative medication, antacids, or stomach acid medication.
In rare cases, yarrow may cause an allergic skin reaction or skin photosensitivity.
Because yarrow affects the pressure of the blood, it should be avoided for at least two weeks before and after surgery.
Yarrow should also be avoided by pregnant women and nursing mothers.
Make sure to consume hot herbal teas and hot lemon water at the first sign of any illness. The heat will help to boost the immune system, and a variety of herbs will be able to treat common cold infections.
When sick, you should drink plenty of fluids to replenish the fluids you have lost. You can also add fresh lemon or orange juice into a glass to benefit from vitamin C, which is essential for the human body.
Try and drink herbal teas at least three to four times a day when sick, and the body should recover from the common cold extremely quickly.
In addition, avoid beverages that contain caffeine and alcohol because both can dehydrate the body. Dehydration is exactly what you do not want to happen when you are facing the common cold.
I wish for you to be always healthy.