Natural Cold Remedies for Congestion, Coughs and Sore Throat

Grow your own natural cold remedies for treating congestion, coughs and sore throat with recipes for a sore throat gargle, steam inhalation and herbal honey.


| January 2012 Web



Cayenne Pepper

Red sage and cayenne pepper make a colourful combination with their hues of purple and red.


Photo By Juliette Wade

The following is excerpted from “Homegrown Remedies” by Anne McIntyre (Gaia, 2011). The excerpts are from Chapter 3: The Remedies. 

Breathe-easy inhalation

For catarrh

Inhaling the aromatic steam from a hot peppermint, thyme and nasturtium tea is a really effective way to clear the airways. Peppermint is a well-known decongestant, while thyme and nasturtium are warming and stimulating, helping to fight off infection and clear catarrh.

Ingredients
• 3 teaspoons each fresh or 2 teaspoons dried of thyme, peppermint and nasturtium
• 1/4 litres (2 1/2 pints) boiling water
Makes 1 1/4 litres (2 1/2 pints) tea 

How to make
1. Place the herbs in a teapot.
2. Pour over the boiling water and leave to stand for 15 minutes.
3. Strain through a fine mesh strainer and pour into a bowl.

How to use
Place the bowl on a firm surface, cover your head with a towel and inhale the wonderful aromas for about 10 minutes or until you feel your nose and chest clearing. Repeat 2 or 3 times a day.





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