Home Remedy For Cold – Natural Alternatives To Combat The Flu

Welcome to our home remedy for cold article….it was native peoples who came to the rescue of 17th century European settlers in America about to die of starvation. It was in the autumn time of the year.

Some in this land may find relief at this autumn time of the year once again due to assistance from native peoples.

Native peoples also shared with European settlers about the herb echinacea as a remedy for the flu. This autumn time of the year is the beginning of the flu season in America.

Buried again

Echinacea is also called purple coneflower. It was the most popular prescribed medicine in America before the advent of antibiotics (Delicious! magazine, 1990). It is still widely prescribed in Europe.

The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reported on the effectiveness of echinacea as a flu remedy several years ago. The article was picked up by other major newspapers, although it was buried on page 21 of the newspaper in which I read it.

The WSJ article noted more than 300 echinacea products available in Germany alone. It also noted that these are covered by insurance there.

Revive us again? 

A 1992 clinical study in Germany reported a “statistically significant” improvement in flu symptoms with echinacea use. However, enhanced effects were noted only with frequent doses totaling 180 drops daily from a liquid tincture form. Less than this quantity produced no effects at all.

The German study was of the “double blind” variety that American scientists favor. Yet American health professionals have paid little or no attention to echinacea.

Thinks again

“At best, it’s probably not doing anything”, noted Dr. Philip Askenase (Yale Medical School professor of immunology) in the WSJ article. He was contacted as “an expert”

However, Dr. Askenase called back after reviewing an echinacea pamphlet. He lessened the harshness of his remarks against echinacea. He also noted that he had learned his “children and their boyfriends are currently taking this stuff”.

Apparently the “expert” had remarked upon echinacea without actually having expert knowledge on the subject.

Again and again

There are several varieties of echinacea. The most commonly available are angustifolia, pallida and purpurea.

Angustifolia was noted as a preferred variety in the WSJ article. It is usually a little harder to find and a little more costly as well.

Once again, success with echinacea has been noted with repetition of its intake in the liquid form over and over throughout the course of a day.

Liquid forms are usually in an alcohol extract or a glycerite (in vegetable glycerine). The alcohol extract is more pungent with a bite to it. The glycerite is sweeter and some find this form easier to swallow.

Studies that are supportive of echinacea indicate that it hastens recovery from a cold or flu. Such studies note success when echinacea is taken only at the first signs of symptoms. That is also how herbalist literature and lore routinely has recommended echinacea.

Studies that are not supportive of echinacea are those in which individuals are given the herb as a preventative. Herbalist literature and lore does not commonly recommend this. However, these are the studies commonly cited by medical opponents of this herb.

Does that surprise you?

Christopher C. Barr writes Naturally Speaking from Arkansas: The Natural State … naturally! You may write him at P. O. Box 1147, Pocahontas, Arkansas 72455 or by e-mail at servantofYHVH@hotmail.com

Natural cold remedy Herbal Tea Recipes 

All the following recipes have the same measurements. Unless otherwise stated, they were brewed in a coffee maker or tea brewer.


• 1 tablespoon of each type of herb

• 1 tablespoon of honey to sweeten the tea

Sore throat cures herbal tea Home remedy for cold: 

Licorice root
Slippery Elm

The Common Cold

1 1/2 tablespoons of Licorice root already brewed in a pot enough for two cups.

Elderberry tea bag

Steep the tea bag in the Licorice Root infusion and add in the Chamomile.
This can be done in the coffee maker, but the Licorice brew must be cool enough to be cycled through the machine.

Stop that Cough Tea

1 tablespoon Slippery Elm
1 tablespoon Mullein
1 tablespoon Catnip
1 tablespoon Licorice root bark

Boil the bark first in two cups worth of water for 10 minutes. Place the rest of the herbs in a coffee filter and place the filter in a strainer. Strain the Licorice tea through the strainer into a mug and drink. Honey and lemon can be added.

Fever buster Tea

White Oak bark

Must be ingested as hot as the person can take it. Chamomile can be substituted for any other fragrant herb. It is added in only for taste.

Dry, raspy cough

Licorice Root
Slippery Elm
Lemon 1 wedge

Aches and Pains Tea

1 Tablespoon White Willow Bark
1 Tablespoon Catnip

Put in a tea ball and steep in boiling hot water for five minutes. Drink as hot as you can stand it, then lie down for a nap.

Dry Congestion Tea
(For thick congestion and irritated mucous membranes.)

2 parts Eyebright
1 part Catnip
2 parts Thyme
1 part Goldenrod

Steep 1-1/2 to 2 tsp in a larger cup, such as a coffee mug, for 10 minutes.
You will likely need lemon or honey, as this remedy is rather bitter. Very soothing. Try to stay warm while drinking, and for a time afterwards.

**If you experience any discomfort or unpleasant effects while drinking this tea, discontinue use. All herbs listed above are generally safe, though precautions should always be taken when using any type of medicine.*

During cold or sinus season Tea

1 small handfull (about 1/4 cup) dried thyme
1 small handfull (about 1/4 cup) dried feverfew flowers
1 large handfull (about 3/4 cup) dried peppermint leaves
1 Tablespoon dried and rubbed or crushed sage

End of Your Rope Tea

1 Tablespoon Chamomile
1 Tablespoon Peppermint

Put in a tea ball and steep in boiling hot water for five minutes.

Colds and Flu Tea

1 oz Blackberry leaves
1 oz Elder flowers
1 oz Linden flowers
1 oz Peppermint leaves

Pour 1 cup boiling water over 2 tbs mixture. Cover & steep 10 minutes; strain.

Colds and Hoarseness Tea

2 oz Malva flowers
1 ½ oz Mullein flowers

Use 2 tbs of mixture per 1 cup hot water. Steep 10 minutes; strain.
Drink only 2 – 3 cups per day for just a few days

Coughing Fits Tea

1 1/3 oz. St. John’s Wort
2/3 oz. Thyme
2/3 oz. Linden Flowers

Use 1 tsp. of the herb mixture per cup of boiling water to soothe irritations of the upper respiratory tract that cause coughing. Steep for 5-10 min., strain, sweeten if necessary. This tea has proved helpful with bronchitis and whooping cough.


2 medium cloves of freshly crushed garlic
1 cup of very warm water
1 teaspoon of honey
1 teaspoon of lemon juice
Stir and drink.

Adrenal and Respiratory Herbal Tonic

Mix together 2 tablespoons each of horehound, hyssop, licorice root, and marsh mallow root. Add 4 cups of water. Simmer until the liquid is 1/4 reduced. You should have about 3 cups of the tonic. Strain and dose with 1/2 cup of the liquid every couple of hours for 1 day of every week for a month.

This tones up the respiratory tract and also stimulates and nourishes the adrenal glands.