Especially in damp and cold weather, many people are affected by colds. Since the mucous membranes of the respiratory tract are the “filters” against inhaled viruses, the typical signs of inflammation such as sore throat, cold and cough occur here. In this article, we would like to show you a few medicinal plants and herbs that can be used to treat colds and flu-like infections wonderfully.
What medicinal herbs and plants are effective against colds
In naturopathy, sweat-inducing medicinal plants such as elderberry or lime blossoms are used to treat colds. The reason: sweating stimulates the immune system to defend itself against viruses and at the same time to eliminate toxins via the sweat glands. For example, a sweating cure applied early can ward off a cold practically overnight.
In addition, in the context of a cold, care should be taken to ensure that our body is supplied with sufficient vitamin C. This can be achieved with the help of a variety of medications. Here, for example, rosehip peels, currants, goji berries, sea buckthorn berries and the acerola berry are suitable for supply due to their high vitamin C content. Plant pressings, such as our rosehip-acerola tablets or vital substance elixirs, such as the sea buckthorn elixir from the company Weleda can also supply the body with sufficient vitamins during a cold.
Of course, there are a number of other medicinal herbs that are used to treat colds, usually in the form of a tasty tea. The herbs usually include:
- Field horsetail
- Bloodroot (Tormentil)
- Curry herb (Immortelle)
- Echinacea (coneflower herb – and root)
- Cat’s claw
- Lime blossom
- Reishi mushroom
- Licorice root
Tea recipes for cold symptoms such as cough and fever
For sore throat, due to its anti-inflammatory effect, a tea made from sage is especially helpful. For this purpose, pour 250 ml of boiling water over 2 teaspoons of sage leaves and let the tea steep, covered, for 20 minutes. Drink 3 cups of it a day.
Lime blossom tea strengthens the immune system, helps with cough irritation and drives sweat in fever. To make an effective and tasty linden blossom tea, we recommend pouring 250 ml of boiling water over 2 teaspoons of linden blossoms and letting it steep well, covered, for 20 minutes. 3 cups per day.
Tasty and sudorific is also this recipe: mix well 20 g of thyme, 40 g of elderflower, 5 g of anise, 30 g of lime blossom and 5 g of licorice. Then pour 250 ml of boiling water over 2 teaspoons of this mixture. The tea must be steeped covered for 20 minutes and then drunk as warm as possible. Ideally, you should then lie down in bed to sweat.
Those who suffer from dry cough can try a tea made from ribwort plantain. Pour 2 teaspoons of ribwort leaves with 250 ml of boiling water and steep well covered for 20 minutes. 3 cups per day.
A very good cough tea can also be made from sage, coltsfoot and ribwort. To do this, mix the herbs in equal parts and then pour 2 teaspoons of the mixture with a cup of boiling water. After the tea has been allowed to steep, covered, for about 15 minutes, it can be drunk in small sips. It helps to loosen phlegm, relieve cough irritation, strengthen the immune system and fight bacteria.
Or how about a delicious cold weather tea? It’s easy to make: mix equal parts rosehip peels, rosehip seeds, elderflowers and lime blossoms. To make the tea, pour a heaping teaspoon of the mixture over a cup of boiling water and let it steep, also covered, for 20 minutes. A good, tasty organic herbal tea mixture against colds offers you e.g. the vital tea.
A good cold tea also provides the wild pansy. Brew 1 tablespoon of the herb with a cup of water and drink it after each of the three main meals.
Depending on the symptoms, a cold bath may also help
To do this, heat 200 g of thyme herb with 2 liters of water (do not boil!), infuse for 15 minutes and then strain. Add to the bath water. Bathe in it for at least 15 minutes at about 38 degrees. Then off to bed.
What else helps against the common cold
- Generally drink plenty of fluids. Make sure you drink at least 3 liters of fluid a day.
- Also, make sure to air your home several times throughout the day.
- Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables. Of course, we especially recommend those that have a lot of vitamins in them: Lemons, peppers, tomatoes, cranberries or goji berries.
- Sea buckthorn continues to enjoy great popularity. One reason for this is that sea buckthorn strengthens the body’s defenses. We therefore recommend drinking 2 teaspoons of sea buckthorn juice daily during the cold season, either pure or in lukewarm milk.
- Good old chicken soup: We don’t know why it works, but it is one of the best-known home remedies and works very well. In addition, it tastes wonderful and gives new strength. The soup can be topped by adding garlic, onions, ginger or lemongrass to the broth.
- Onions and horseradish are natural antibiotics. You can make a juice from an onion and a not too small piece of horseradish (e.g. with a blender) and sweeten it with some honey. Smaller sips of this mixture should be drunk several times throughout the day.
- A nasal douche with salt water helps against the common cold. Inhalation with essential oils is also recommended, e.g. oils of eucalyptus, thyme and mint. The “Breathless” inhalation blend by aroma therapy physician Dr. Jean Valnet has been found to be particularly effective, consisting of various organic essential oils, all of which kill bacteria, fungi, and even viruses.