Staying Fit In Autumn – Natural Cold Remedies
Autumn dank months are almost inevitably sowing cold among the masses, but fortunately, this is where herbs and natural remedies come to the rescue. Boasting generally mild and efficient action, medicinal herbs have been used to treat cold for long centuries: from Hippocrates and Qin era to Archibald Menzies times and further on. Herbal medicine has been carefully absorbing the wisdom piece by piece, from one generation to another, to offer a wealth of knowledge to informational society. Being less toxic and having fewer side effects in comparison with synthetic drugs, herbal remedies are oftentimes prescribed to the elderly, children and pregnant women.
To put herbal treatment approaches into account to treat virtually any type of cold, you’ll need to know a range of recipes, brewing techniques, administration methods and, of course, contraindications… and these are the aspects covered in the article. All the herbs discussed in the article can be purchased at a drug store around the corner – we are focusing on quick and the most accessible herbal remedies only.
How to prepare natural cold remedies
Diaphoretic herbs are considered to be particularly efficient in treating cold: thus, taking sweatshop herbs, along with other procedures, causes sweating, and contributes to lowering the temperature. As a rule, one dessert spoon of diaphoretic herbs is brewed in 1 – 3 cups of water, infused within up to 30 minutes and taken hot, 2 – 3 cups a day with two or three tablespoons of honey or sugar.
Rose hip broth boasts a pronounced diaphoretic and tonic action, providing clearly marked beneficial effect in cold and fever cases. In addition, the plant is used for the depletion of the body and blood circulation improvement, after serious surgery conditions and anemia. It is recommended to take the infusion at a dosage of 1 cup a day. The healing properties of rose hip also bring the desired relief in uterine bleeding, decreased gastric secretion, as well as kidney stones. People who regularly consume tincture or tea, achieve noticeable increase in performance, build strong resistance to various diseases (including infectious ones), and know nothing about regular headaches.
Rose hip tea is recommended to be brewed as follows: 1 tablespoon of rose hip is poured into a cup boiling water, then boiled for 10 minutes in an enamel pot (covering the pot is recommended). Infuse the broth overnight and take 1 glass a day.
Using the decoction during pregnancy is not contraindicated; moreover, the plant represents a rich source of vitamin C and a range of nutrients and trace elements.
Linden is also widely known for its sweatshop properties. Sudorific decoction of linden flowers is made as follows: two tablespoons of crushed lime flowers are brewed in two cups of boiling water and infused within 20-30 minutes (broth can be also prepared in a thermos). The dosage equals one glass of decoction up to 4 times a day.
To press for maximum antipyretic effect, mix 1 tablespoon of linden and ½ tablespoon of black elderberry flowers and mullein. Brew the mixture in 2 cups of boiling water and let it infuse within 10 minutes; take half a cup of broth 3-4 times a day before meals.
Camomile broth is used for gargling and taken in the form of tea. To prepare camomile tea, take 2 tablespoons of flowers, pour them into a glass of boiling water (200 ml), and infuse the decoction within 20 minutes. Filter the broth and take 50 ml of it 2-3 times a day.
The chamomile infusion for gargling may also feature sage: mix equal parts of sage and chamomile and prepare the broth by brewing 1 tablespoon of the mixture in a cup of boiling water (using thermos will do). Infuse the broth within 30 minutes in a thermos and use it for gargling several times a day.
To make use of chamomile inhalation take 400 ml of boiling water and add 1 tablespoon of chamomile, 1 tablespoon of honey and baking soda. Use a saucepan for inhalation, cover your head with a towel for 10-15 minutes and repeat the procedure up to 2 times a day.