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Herbs for Colds and Flu

Noreen Mc Grath Master Herbalist

PrecautionsIf on medications, pregnant, children consult a herbalist

If acutely ill go to doctor for treatment
If new to herb only try a small bit in case of allergy
A cold can be a stuffy nose, sore throat mild cough, feeling
Very Contagious. Lasts 2-3day
Harsh coughing, fever, aches and pains,extreme fatigue
Lasts 7 days to several weeks.
Can be life threatening to elderly and young and underlying
Boost your immunity
1. Keep Vitamin D high.Get Sunlight, eat eggs, liver. Take D3.
2. Eat plenty of nutrients soups and bone broth rich in
minerals add a dash of ACV
3. Reduce sugar, the amount of sugar in a can of soft drink
depletes immune system by 40% for 5 hours
4. Rest, if you dont slow down you will get sick and have to.
5. Hydrate- plenty of warm drinks.
6. Move- lymph doesnt have a pump, clear lungs
7. Fresh air daily
8. Wash hands
9. Keep warm, dress well.
Hot foot soaks regularly

Pathway of infectionRespiratory infections come in nose or mouth

Mouth breathing has no filter like the nose= infection reaching

Dry indoor heating dries out mucus membranes.

Steam- keeps the mucus membranes healthy and moist and
opens the airways
RosemaryRich anti-oxidant.
Anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal, nerve and circulation tonic
Burned in sick chambers to purify air.
Sagemeans to be well- Rich anti-oxidant.
Anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal, builds strength during
illness clears congestion and soothes sore throats, tonsillitis
and laryngitis.
Helps to break a fever.
Traditionally used for TB.
Thymeantiviral and antifungal, diaphoretic, antioxidant. For colds,flu,
sore throats, bronchitis, pneumonia.Relieves asthma and
whooping cough. Increases mucus to help you cough- for Dry
Soothing anti-inflammatory
Anti viral, anti fungal, antibacterial
Increases circulation, clears lymph
Lemon Balm
Antiviral, antifungal, antibacterial.
Relaxant, helps to sleep and eases headaches.
Essential oil heals cold sores.

Decongestant in hot infusion
Clears airways
Relieves fevers
Settles tummy
Antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal
Hot tea to decongest(good with mint)
Clears fever
Anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant
Both chamomile
Warm tea for fever and infections like sore throats, colds and
Relaxes tension
Settles tummy.
Reduces inflammation
Steam for sinus
HyssopEffective anti-microbial used against plague
Wards off infection and enhances immunity
Decongests and exporates colds and flu.
Antiseptic used to clean churches and sick houses.
GarlicFights e coli and salmonella.
Anti-viral and antibacterial
2tsp dried herb into cup add boiling water and let sit for 10
Calendula,Cayenne, orange peel- sore throat tea
Ginger, cinnamon, apple- warming digestive antviral tea

Herbal honey-Garlic, thyme, onion, hyssop, oregano and

Cover herbs in honey leave for 4 weeks to several months.
Honey itself is antibacterial and expectorant.
Herbal steam
Just pour boiling water over herbs
Herbal vinegar
ACV-lymphatic cleansing
Basic Four Thieves Vinegar Recipe
1 tbsp organic sage leaf
1 tsp organic lavender flowers
1 tsp organic rosemary leaf
tsp organic thyme leaf
tsp organic peppercorns
16oz raw organic apple cider vinegar
Place the ingredients in a kilner jar and place in a cool dark
place for 4 weeks up to months.
Anitviral, antibacterial, antifungal. Blood cleansing.
Carful in case irritates stomach.
Add to food.
Garlic compress for chest infection:
Crush 3 garlic cloves and mix with olive oil
Wrap in muslin cloth and place on chest.
Cover with plastic bag and towel and then a hot water bottle.
Leave for up to 30 minutes if comfortable.
CAUTION not suitable for sensitive skin or children.
Ginger-antiviral, circulatory stimulant, digestive
Tea,Candy, add to food, Bath(helps to break a fever)
Salt- neti pot, Steam, Gargle
Elder flowers and berry- antiviral and great for chest infections
Echinacea-use as soon as you feel a cold coming on