Pagan Remedies for colds that will warm your heart and feed your soul
Pagan Remedies for Colds will comfort your mind, body and spirit. Not feeling well? Looking to prevent a cold or flu? Check out these Pagan Remedies for Colds that will help you boost your immune system, fight your cold, and soothe the aches and pains. It is important to remember that rest and lots of fluids is of course needed while a cold runs its course. Adding some holistic love in the form of herbs and pantry items may help. Here are our top!
It is already a daily practice of mine to put fresh lemon juice in my water each morning. Although, when under the weather I do this even more! Lemons are jam packed with vitamin C and live enzymes that help support the immune system.
There are different ways to get your lemon in. You could have it alone in warm water, which is wonderful. If you’re up for it, you can add a dash of cayenne pepper and raw honey to sweeten. This combination is great for combating phlegm.
Peppermint is an all time favorite of mine while sniffly. If you have a good peppermint essential oil, you can use it as an alternative to synthetic chest ointment rubs. Simply mix some peppermint essential oil with a carrier oil and rub on the chest to open up the airways. I also diffuse peppermint in my bedroom at night which acts like a small humidifier.
And… of course, peppermint herbal tea! Nothing beats it at soothing a rough throat and raspy cough.
Speaking of essential oils, I must share a trick which tastes horrible but seems to knock respiratory ailments out. Take a shot glass of water then add a few drops of oregano essential oil and drink it. Doing this a few times a day while sick seems to speed to recovery process break fevers due to flu and cold. If you can’t stomach the “shot” method then use veggie caps and make your own capsules with the essential oil. Just make sure the quality of the essential oil your using is food grade and not just for external use.
Oregano has natural anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antiviral properties according to this useful Healthline article. It has traditionally been used for respiratory ailments along with helping to lower fevers.
Elderberries are immune system boosters. The berries contain chemical compounds called anthocyanidins, which are known to have immunostimulant effects. You can make elderberry juice or gummies which are perfect for boosting health when you have a cold or to prevent them.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar can be used for many remedies, but one of my personal favorites is for sore throats. Place two tablespoons apple cider vinegar in one cup of water. Heat for 1 minute. Add one tablespoon honey and squeeze some fresh lemon juice and sip. This will help clear out the bacteria in your throat, which will soothe your cold and help fight infection.
Drinking a “shot” of apple cider vinegar mixed in some water daily is also a good wellness practice in general. There are a lot of studies that point to how apple cider vinegar contributes to maintaining a healthy weight (a process with acetic acide on a cellular level). It also assists in keeping your system at a healthy alkaline pH balance, contributes to liver detoxing and many other benefits!
Honey in teas really does help the throat. However, the remedy we recommend is getting a natural or raw honey that is local. Take a tablespoon of it daily when allergies and flu are at its highest in the season.
You may also wish to take this a step further and buy some local pollen (a collected source from the honey making process, thanks bees!). You can sprinkle it on yogurt or whatever you like. Such a practice is known to build up one’s tolerance to local allergens thus helping with stuffiness, etc. Raw honey aids as a preventative measure to allergies and also assists to soothe the throat. Give it a try!
” The secret of my health is applying honey inside and oil outside.” – Democritus, Contemporary of Hippocrates, who lived to be 109!
We all know colds can be accompanied with ear pain, ear infections, and just ear issues in general. Ear candles can help pull out the grime from the ear. Be sure to read the instructions on the ear candle to use safely.
I would recommend doing this with the assistance of a friend or family member as it can be a bit tricky using! Ear candling can be very relaxing. It’s amazingly satisfying how much gunk you can get out.
Turmeric Milk is an age-old remedy for flus, colds, and even joint pain. For instance, research shows that curcumin has antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties which may help prevent and fight infections. Not to mention will help your cough.
Additionally, turmeric water can be used to help soothe a cough that consistent. Place a few teaspoons into a glass of water. Stir well and drink up. You will be surprised how it works over traditional over the counter cough medicine.
Ginger root is one ingredient you should always have in your home and in your diet. Gingerol, the bioactive substance in fresh ginger, can help lower the risk of infections. Eating ginger will help prevent infection. However, the tea can help fight of flu and colds.
Furthermore, the ginger tea will help with muscle pain and soreness that is often seen to accompany the flu. Consuming ginger also helps with nausea!
Holy Basil (Tulsi)
Purchase Tulsi tea from any health food store or even online. Tulsi does wonders for your mind as well as calming the stomach and nerves. Holy Basil is considered an adaptogen, meaning it works to balance your body. It can heat or cool internally, depending on what you need to be centered. What a beautiful herb!
Tulsi can aid in calming a cough and can even help with headaches. A great way to use Holy Basil for headaches is to give yourself a facial steam. Add a tablespoon of dried Tulsi in 2 cups of boiling water and breath the steam in. Use a towel to cover your head so you get as much of the vapor as possible and enjoy! It’s like a mini spa day in your kitchen or bathroom!
Garlic should be in every pantry as its uses in pagan remedies are numerous. Cooking with garlic is fantastic if you’re not afraid of smelling like it! Another great option is to take supplements, which are known to boost the function of the immune system.
Adding garlic to your diet can help reduce the chance of getting a cold. Allicin which is found in fresh garlic is the active ingredient that helps garlic become an antibacterial. Have some fresh garlic when you’re sick will help you fight off that cold. It goes well in soups.
Licorice helps soothe your stomach due to the anti-inflammatory and immune-boosting properties of glycyrrhizic acid. Which is great when your stomach is not feeling all too well with cold you just caught. Additionally, licorice is known to soothe your nerves.
Echinacea, which is a plant that is known to help with reducing the symptoms of colds and flu. Mostly it’s found in tea form and great to sip on while you’re not well. Drinking echinacea tea while well will help prevent colds. Drinking echinacea tea while sick will lower inflammation. This will assist in your ability to breath better and get better faster. Win-win!
Studies show that echinacea has a positive effect on our immune systems. This is partly done by increasing the number of white blood cells in our body. White blood cells are what fight infection. It’s basically like creating a stronger wall of defense to prevent getting sick in the first place!
A must have for your pagan remedies and recipes is Cinnamon! Along with making autumn seasonal food taste amazing, cinnamon could be considered a super food. Cinnamon is loaded with powerful antioxidants like polyphenols. Cinnamon is also anti-inflammatory. Try sprinkling some into your tea for an extra treat and an extra kick to that cold!
Cinnamon is also high in anti-inflammatory properties. Especially the Ceylon variety, which has a higher concentration of nutrients and beneficial properties.
Paprika is full of disease-fighting properties. This is due in large part to their ability to fight oxidative stress. Have a big pot of Hungarian goulash that will help keep those colds away and at bay.
Star anise can help with an upset stomach. The oil produced from star anise contains thymol, terpineol and anethole, which is also used for treating cough and flu. Star anise is one ingredient in Pho. Have a bowl while you’re sick and it will help you feel better.
Tiger balm can be found at just about any store. It’s commonly used for muscle aches and pains. However, this works wonderfully on headaches that accompany your colds and flu. It’s a topical, so no need for pills.
” A calm mind brings inner strength and self-confidence, so that’s very important for good health.” – Dalai Lama
Use our Pagan Remedies for colds and wintertime ailments to mend a sick and tired body as well as mind. Take care of yourself and your loved ones this season.
Most importantly of all, remember to get plenty of sleep and be easy on yourself. Often times we become sick simply because we are pushing ourselves too hard. We may have high stress levels and run our immune systems down.
This is a good opportunity to slow down, re-evaluate how we may be able to take better care of ourselves and our loved ones going forward.
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