Hi, everyone! It’s that time of year when anything seems better than having to leave the bed because our heads feel like they weigh 30 pounds. Well, not to fear, because we’re back with more natural solutions for the common cold, even though the ones we shared last year are still clutch. Below you will find food-based remedies that are just as effective as over-the-counter medications, helping you heal the natural way, exactly what we like here at HealingRadius!
A must-have herb during cold season, thyme isn’t only for delicious menu items. Thyme oil, which is easy to make at home, has powerful properties that make it a go-to for respiratory infections, coughs, and sore throats. While you can use thyme oil as a cooking element, what’s the fun in that? Follow the recipe below to draw the perfect bath that will help ease or prevent the unwanted cold before it even starts.
1/2 cup fresh thyme
8 ounces carrier oil
Mortar and pestle
Wash and dry the herb by patting it with a clean cloth. (You can also dry it in the sun or by placing it in a salad spinner.)
Crush the herb using the mortar and pestle to release natural oils.
Place the crushed thyme and its oils into the saucepan, following the carrier oil. Simmer the mixture over medium heat for at least 5 minutes or until it produces bubbles.
Turn off the heat and allow the mixture to cool.
Pour the mixture into the glass container then store in a cool place. (For the bath, add 3 drops of the thyme oil to 1 tbsp of olive oil, mix well, and pour into the bath.)
Rich in volatile oils, strong anti-inflammatory properties, and its shining star called curcumin, turmeric is the ideal choice for those suffering from a cough or cold. This beneficial plant of the ginger family can be included in several recipes that will help stimulate your immune system, including soups, stews, sauces, and the healthful smoothie listed below.
1 carrot, peeled
1 orange, peeled
1 cup water
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp ground turmeric
Combine all ingredients in a blender, blend until smooth, and serve!
What’s a natural ingredient that tastes delicious and has healing powers? Why, chamomile, of course! This aromatic perennial herb and member of the daisy family includes certain agents and antioxidants that help treat colds and soothe scratchy throats. Beyond that, chamomile works to cure anxiety, insomnia, menstrual cramps, and a variety of digestive disorders. Follow the homemade chamomile recipe below to get to feelin’ better!
2 tbsp fresh chamomile flowers
2 cups boiling water
2 thin apple slices
Rinse the flowers with cool water while warming your teapot with boiling water.
Add the apple slices to the pot and mash them with a wooden spoon.
Add the flowers and pour into the 2 cups of boiling water, then cover and steep for 3-5 minutes.
Strain the tea into two cups, adding honey to taste.
So, before heading to the medicine cabinet, we recommend looking through your garden or spice rack instead. If you have any natural remedies that you enjoy using, please share them with us in the comment section below! HealingRadius thanks you in advance.
Allyson Miller is a bookworm, history nerd and outdoor enthusiast who loves writing creative and informational content for SBT in Rock Hill, SC. Depending on the day, you can find her with her nose in historical documents, shopping for trendy exercise outfits or trying new cooking recipes. Allyson dreams that one day, engineers will figure out a way to build roller coasters sans the incline, ridding her of coasterphobia.