Win a copy of Permaculture Playing Cards this week in the Permaculture forum!
  • Post Reply Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic
permaculture forums growies critters building homesteading energy monies kitchen purity ungarbage community wilderness fiber arts art permaculture artisans regional education skip experiences global resources the cider press projects digital market permies.com private forums all forums
this forum made possible by our volunteer staff, including ...
master stewards:
  • James Freyr
  • Nicole Alderman
  • Anne Miller
  • r ranson
  • Mike Jay Haasl
  • Dave Burton
  • Pearl Sutton
stewards:
  • paul wheaton
  • Joylynn Hardesty
  • Joseph Lofthouse
garden masters:
  • Steve Thorn
gardeners:
  • Dan Boone
  • Carla Burke
  • Kate Downham

I've got a Cold ... What's your favourite remedy/tincture?

 
pollinator
Posts: 117
Location: British Columbia
72
monies home care forest garden foraging chicken wood heat homestead ungarbage
  • Likes 2
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
I usually just drink hot water with lemon, honey, and ginger. It's more soothing than anything.

What's you favourite for a seasonal head cold?
 
Posts: 47
Location: The Great PNW
13
purity fungi foraging chicken medical herbs homestead
  • Likes 3
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Hope you start feeling better soon!! I love and swear by Elderberry. Elderberry tea, extract, syrup......i have a ready supply of tea that i keep around when i swear im about to get sick, and let me tell you i swear it works every time! I havent been sick in years! But i have been sick and used the tea to help decrease my recovery time. Also, the syrup has sugar (i dont eat processed sugars) so i use the extract of like a cold medicine of sorts. A tbsp in the morning, and the same in the evening. Let me see if i can find the link to the extract that i like best...https://smile.amazon.com/Norms-Farms-Elderberry-Extract-Bottle/dp/B07DLBC8HM/ref=sr_1_4?keywords=elderberry+extract&qid=1570459147&sr=8-4
Idk if that link will work but its Norms Farms Black elderberry extract. Ive been using that exact extract for years, love it!

Hope that helps!
 
Ashley Cottonwood
pollinator
Posts: 117
Location: British Columbia
72
monies home care forest garden foraging chicken wood heat homestead ungarbage
  • Likes 1
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Good thing I have a giant Elderberry bush! Thanks Michelle. I guess I'll have to try and make my own syrup!
 
gardener
Posts: 1215
Location: Pacific Wet Coast
345
duck books chicken cooking
  • Likes 4
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
@ Ashley - Be aware that I am extremely jealous of your giant Elderberry bush. I had one sad one that I just couldn't rescue fast enough from the Himalayan Blackberry invasion, and a second one that was in the way of a building project and didn't take to transplanting.  Sigh... it's on my wish list.  Hmmm... maybe you've got seeds?  

To answer the question, if I catch myself getting sick, I put a little water on a spoon, add 3-4 drops of Oil of Oregano, and hold the mix in my mouth for a minute before swallowing. Yes, it is totally gross!  But it seems to work for me. I take it prophylactically if flying, but otherwise, only take it for a day or two if I'm starting to feel sick. If it doesn't work, I move on to other things, such as the aforementioned Elderberry syrup. (My theory is that the oil scares the shit out of both the virus and my white blood cells - or at least gets their attention.)

From years of observing "natural" and "local" remedies, I have found that their efficacy is *much* more dependent on the person doing the taking, than commercial treatments. In other words, a person has to try the treatment on itself, and also try to honestly evaluate its effect. For example, some people swear that  Echinacea will keep a cold away, but it did nothing for me. There are recipes out there for something called "fire cider"??? which has a bunch of potent spices in it. I have personally not tried it, as it has things in it that I already know I'm not so tolerant of, but try searching for it (I know that Marjory Wildcraft's Grow Network has had a recipe, and I'm *sure* permies dot com does also). Not all the spices would grow in BC, but I don't let that bother me if they're required in small quantities.
 
pollinator
Posts: 396
Location: France, Burgundy, parc naturel Morvan
135
forest garden fish fungi trees food preservation cooking solar wood heat woodworking homestead
  • Likes 2
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Oxymel, apple cider vinegar mixed with honey shake it so honey dissolves add thyme leaves and let it sit for a week or two. Sieve leaves out, voila.
Spray a hydrosol of sage in my nose and sniff it up.
Put extract of eucalyptus on my shirt or throat.
Onion next to pillow.
And i got pure vitamin C in a pot, take mega dose.

I find herbal remedies to be very personal, what works for one can do nothing for the next.
But making your own with plants growing about is better, i believe they sell super weak expensive stuff everywhere.
Spice it up till it hurts!
 
gardener
Posts: 2807
Location: Central Oklahoma (zone 7a)
610
forest garden trees woodworking
  • Likes 2
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
A very strong mint and chamomile tea blend is my go-to remedy for many things.  When I'm suffering from cold-like symptoms, I do like to add honey, lemon, and ginger if I have them.  
 
Posts: 48
6
  • Likes 3
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
If your cold is also a cough, licorice tea or licorice candy is the best cough suppressant, in my opinion.  
 
Jay Angler
gardener
Posts: 1215
Location: Pacific Wet Coast
345
duck books chicken cooking
  • Likes 2
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Mk Neal wrote:

If your cold is also a cough, licorice tea or licorice candy is the best cough suppressant, in my opinion.

I particularly use licorice tea if my sinuses are stuffed up. There are concerns with licorice if you've got high blood pressure, but feeling so stuffed up that you can't sleep isn't exactly good for one's blood pressure either, so as with all things - use common sense, moderation, and observation!
 
pollinator
Posts: 235
Location: East tn
56
hugelkultur foraging homestead
  • Likes 2
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Stinging nettle tea or sinus rinse (netti) for sinusitis.

Ivy tea for cough (plain old English ivy)

Wild lettuce (or sow thistle same family) tea for headache or to sleep deep enough to let my body get the upper hand.

 
pollinator
Posts: 142
Location: Western Idaho
38
earthworks greening the desert ungarbage
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
ginger, garlic, lemon and cayenne, and honey if needed, I drink as much as I can throughout the day
 
Posts: 559
Location: Australia, New South Wales. Köppen: Cfa (Humid Subtropical), USDA: 10/11
154
transportation hugelkultur cat forest garden fish trees urban chicken cooking woodworking homestead
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
As a kid my Dad made a vile concoction of vinegar, honey and lemon juice. Although it worked, it was very unpleasant to sip, so we never admitted to having a cold!

These days, I tend to reduce the symptoms with homemade chicken soup, paracetamol and alcohol (sipping spirits) - not all together though!

I love ginger, so sucking on a piece of crystallised ginger, or the type preserved in syrup, really fixes a sore throat and an upset stomach - the hot stuff clears the nose too.
 
pollinator
Posts: 112
Location: Nara, Japan
68
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
In addition to similar combinations of what others have mentioned, now that I live close enough, I like to go to the beach and breath in the salty sea air. Works best for me if it's warm enough to swim and really wash out my sinuses. If it's cold I'll just splash my face and gargle and suck some seawater up my nose.

When I was land-locked in Vermont, I would just mix sea salt and water and do the same. There is a salt water nasal spray for sale, I think it's called "sea spray", which is the "proper" concentration.
 
author
Posts: 86
Location: Pleasant Hill, Oregon
37
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
For prevention and treatment of Colds

I like to squeeze 1/4 - 1/2 a fresh lemon (depends on size of lemon) into a large tea cup, add the leftover lemon peel and pulp to the cup (just drop it all in), then add hot water and a tiny bit of honey. I mush up the lemon pulp and peel a bit with the back of a spoon while mixing the honey in. This is a great way to get your vitamin C and other antioxidants. It keeps both colds and flus away and is helpful if you have a sore throat and/or cough. Both lemon and lime help decrease colds and flus as well as reduce mucus.

Congestion of tissues
Congestion of tissues decreases the ability of your cells to take care of business in the area of congestion. Nipping congestion in the bud at the first signs of it can turn around the situation. So, do everything you can to keep from getting congested or attempt to keep it down to a low roar. You can do this with salt water gargles in the throat, nasal washes in the nose (use either a neti pot or snort the salt water from your hand), or saline nasal sprays. Use 1/2 teaspoon of salt in one cup of water, 4 times per day. To reach congestion in the sinuses and lungs you really need to use an herbal inhalation. You will find directions for an herbal inhalation here https://youarethehealer.org/herbal-medicine/making-herbal-products/herbal-steam-inhalation/. If you are using a neti pot for the first time, see directions below for how to use a neti pot. Get as much sleep as possible. This is necessary for your body to stay healthy. It also needs to be quality sleep to allow your body to rest and recuperate.

When you need to get rid of nasal congestion short term, using Yarrow tea or tincture can do just the trick. A few drops of tincture under the tongue will start to clear up your nose and decrease the congestion in your tissues quickly. Yarrow can be used safely short term, but should not be used continuously over a long period of time. People use it orally and in the nasal passages. The tincture will irritate the nasal passages, so a tea is best for snorting it or spraying it in the nose.

How Neti pots are Used

Fill the neti pot with sterilized isotonic water. Lean over the sink and turn your head 45 degrees, so one nostril is above the other. Gently insert the tip of the pot into the upper nostril. Breathe through your mouth and raise the handle so the water enters the upper nostril and then drains from the lower nostril.

When the neti pot is empty, exhale through both nostrils to remove excess solution and mucus. Gently blow your nose.

Repeat with your other nostril.

Chicken Soup

Yes, chicken soup really is healthy, especially when cooked low and slow for a long time to get all the collagen out of the bones. I add a lot of cilantro, and parsley at the end to give me beta carotene and vitamin C. I also add Garlic at the very end as partially cooking the garlic, keeps it's antimicrobial activity more intact and helps ward off bacteria that can attempt to take advantage of your respiratory tract when you have a viral cold or flu in process. (Pressing a Garlic clove and throwing it into your bowl right before consuming the soup is the best way to gain it's antimicrobial action.) You can also add Ginger or Astraglaus earlier on, making sure it simmers for some time. Be sure to keep the lid on the pot to keep all the great ginger essential oils in the soup. Otherwise they will evaporate into the air.  You can get really creative with adding herbs that support the immune system and/or help with cold and flu symptoms. Just make sure the soup still tastes good. Luckily Astragalus does not change the flavor much and Ginger adds to the flavor. Astragalus is used to prevent colds and flu, and in research with chickens, Astragalus has been shown to decrease the replication of the H9N2 virus. (Had to add that since we are discussing chicken soup.) There is also something to be said for comfort food which makes you feel you are being cared for. Comfort food carries a placebo effect,  that is VERY powerful.
 
Can you shoot lasers out of your eyes? Don't look at this tiny ad:
A rocket mass heater heats your home with one tenth the wood of a conventional wood stove
http://woodheat.net
  • Post Reply Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic
Boost this thread!