My Favorite Flu & Cold Tamers


After reading Rebecca’s awesome post on the pros and cons of getting a flu shot, I was inspired to write a follow up post on what do in case you do end up with the flu or other winter time ailment. The following tips and recipes are what our family use as our go to fixes for several different flu and cold symptoms. Of course the best remedy for getting over the flu or a cold is time and good self-care, but perhaps some of these suggestions can help speed up the process.

The number one go to remedy in our house for cold, flu and other ailments is ginger, lemon, honey tea. The ginger works to settle your stomach, soothe your throat and warm your body. The lemon gives you the Vitamin C boost you need to help your immune work to fight the ailment and the honey soothes your throat and it has anti-microbial and anti-bacterial properties. Our family makes it by filling a teapot with a several fresh slices of ginger, usually the equivalent of a couple of tablespoons. We then squeeze the juice of one lemon into the pot, add honey to taste and then add hot water to the teapot. It does have a strong flavor so you might need to adjust the recipe according to your family’s tastes.

Another herb family we often turn to during times of sickness is the mints. The mints are cooling herbs that can help to soothe upset tummies and cool sore throats. I typically use either store bought peppermint tea or tea made from spearmint that I grow myself. The peppermint seems to have more of a cooling effect, but the spearmint has a milder flavor that my son seems to find more palatable.

Our family is also very fond of horehound candy for sore throats. Horehound candy is a great old fashioned remedy and if you’re good at candy making it’s easy to make yourself. I’ve still not perfected getting the mixture to the right temperature, but the end result has been edible and still useful for sore throats. I plan on trying again this year, so if any of you out there are candy pros please leave me a comment with any tips you might have.

Another go to remedy in our house is colloidal silver. Colloidal silver is a solution of silver particles suspended in water and it is believed to have anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-microbial properties. However, the safety and efficacy of colloidal silver is a matter of controversy even among naturopaths. I have used it safely and successfully with every member of my household including our pets, but should you decide to use it please do your research, consult your physician and if you decide to go ahead and try it make sure you purchase a good quality product.

I hope you have a wonderful and healthy winter, but should you get sick please remember to consult your physician before using any herb or natural remedy. Herbs and natural cures are wonderful companions to modern medicine. However, it’s important to remember that many of our modern day drugs are made from chemicals that have been isolated from herbs and as such they can sometimes cause drug interactions so your doctor needs to know exactly what you are taking.

Do you have any go to herbs or natural remedies that you use with your family? I’d love to hear them! Leave me a comment and let me know all about them!

About chelsea

Chelsea is mama to 4 year old Will and partner to her oilfield man and best friend of 16 years, Jacob. She splits her time between the family’s camper in the North Dakota Oil Patch and a small urban homestead in Kentucky. Chelsea writes about the family’s camper adventures at She is a batik artist and loves teaching others about the art of batik at She can also be found working on her other sites and In her moments of spare time she enjoys knitting, sewing and gardening.

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