Natural Remedies to Have Ready for Fall (You'll be Glad You Prepared in Advance When Those Sniffles Start!)
The other day, I was on an airplane, standing in the crowded aisle, waiting patiently for the passengers ahead of me to start leaving the plane. Well, the man behind me started hacking (coughing really grossly) into my hair! UGH! Are you kidding me? Now I know he couldn’t help it. But for Pete’s sake. Then I remembered: I have my Herbal First Aid stash all ready to go this Fall.
It’s finally here! Fall! I must admit, I am SO happy about this. It’s my favorite time of the year.
As a former school teacher, Fall was also the advent of cold and flu season, and when those illnesses came through the classroom like a wave, it made me super conscious of natural remedies and things you can do starting right now (any time of the year) to be ready. Just in case that old cold or flu bug threatens to strike you and your family.
I’ve written a Natural Cold and Flu Care eBook, and it is filled with information and recipes about how to stay well and get better faster. But the recipes I’m sharing in this article will give you a good start too!
Be ready for cold and flu season by getting these remedies started now, and making sure you have basic items on hand at all times. I say this because in my old village where I used to live, there were always folks who would ask me to make a quick decongestant for them. Or a cough syrup. Or to borrow some essential oils….. Why not have certain things on hand yourself? Be ready!
My friends, these are EASY things to make and they require no skill at all. You just need some basic ingredients, like raw honey, a red onion, garlic, etc. So even if you aren’t planning on going all out on an herbal tincture, just be sure to keep certain items on hand so you can make your own. You can find out more in the eBook, or start by reading through these recipes for ideas.
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Natural Remedies to Make This Fall to Be Ready for Cold & Flu Season
These remedies are ones I have been using for many years, and they work! They are my go-to’s any time I need a quick “get-better-fast” remedy, and some of them are wonderful for helping specific issues like congestion and difficulty breathing.
Anyhow, take a look through these, and be sure you’ve got everything you need in your house, ready to go. You’ll be GLAD you did!
Fire Cider is one of those tonic drinks that’s been around for centuries in different cultures. The recipe varies by location, but it’s filled with incredible immune boosting ingredients. Rosemary Gladstar popularized this tonic back in the 1970’s, and since then it’s been made by thousands of herbalists. You can find her recipe in her book: Medicinal Herbs: A Beginner’s Guide.
You can also read through the Healing Harvest Homestead version of Fire Cider on the blog. Essentially, you just need raw apple cider vinegar, garlic, horse-radish, and a few more things….and in due time you will have a tonic you’ll be happy to drink every day for wellness!
BEST Natural Homemade Decongestant
This is one of my favorite recipes to whip up in a pinch when nasal and sinus congestion strike. Besides clearing up your nose and head, the ingredients in this fast and easy decongestant have some incredible healing properties too….which make that bad cold go away faster.
You can find the recipe for this natural decongestant in this link (just click). Essentially, you’ll need Cinnamon, Cayenne (as much or as little as you can stand), and a few other easy to find items. You don’t have to make this decongestant ahead of time, either, as it is quick to get ready in a pinch.
I love this stuff. Mr. V. and I use it during allergy season too. I used to have terrible allergies, and I attribute this tincture to not only helping with the inflammation caused by upset mucous membranes in my sinus passages, but also increasing my immunity to allergens.
At any rate, there are only two herbs in this tincture, and it’s likely they may actually be growing near you! You can find out How to Make a Tincture in this link, if you’re not sure how (but it is simple). And you can find out how to make this handy tincture that will support your respiratory system and sinuses here.
You may also enjoy this article: 7 Ways to Clear Up Congestion Fast.
Cough Syrup (ingredients on hand)
It is SO simple and easy to make a homemade cough syrup. There’s a popular version out there using honey and lemon (which is great), but I much prefer my version. I’ve found it works really well, the compounds in it help you get better faster, and it’s easy. You only need two ingredients: raw honey and a red onion. You can find out how to make this natural cough syrup here.
NOTE: Besides helping your cough, it will also soothe your sore throat!
There are certain essential oils I insist on having at the ready before the cold and flu seasons starts going strong. Essential oils that have antibacterial and antiviral properties are wonderful to diffuse for a few minutes several times throughout the day. These include cinnamon, clove, eucalyptus, rosemary, and a citrus.
You can find out more about these essential oils and a blend I make in this article. You’ll also get to read about the Legend of the Four Thieves!
Vapor Rub Salve
When I was a little girl with a congested head and lungs, my mom would pull out the Vics Vapor Rub. I loved that smell, and it helped so much.
These days, however, Vics is now made with petro-chemicals. I wouldn’t slather that on my child, let alone myself. The best thing to do?
Make your own. It’s simple, easy, and in the long-run a lot less expensive than the store-bought toxic formulas. You can find the recipe here.
And if you discover you fall in love with making your own salves, you can find out a lot more about the process along with tons of my recipes in this eBook: Herbal Salves, Oils, Butters, & Balms.
Tea for the Lungs
I’m so paranoid about having these cold & flu care items on hand because when I was a little girl I really struggled with severe illness in the Fall and Winter months. I’ve battled annual bouts of bronchitis, all the way up through my mid-thirties. And I’ve experienced Walking Pneumonia at least twice. NOT fun.
When your lungs are full of mucous, and you can’t breathe, and it HURTS to breathe, let alone cough, I for one, just wanted to die. To this day, my lungs are one of the areas in my own body I try to support well because of all the illnesses they’ve been through when I was a younger person.
Do you know when I started having less problems? When I started taking and using herbs. Yep. Plant medicine has made me a lot stronger, and I haven’t had a bout of dreaded bronchitis or pneumonia in about eight years now. I just use my herbs.
You can find the recipe for this Lung Support Tea in this link. I have to warn you, it doesn’t taste very good. But if you are battling issues with lung distress, breathing, etc., it’s worth the brief taste. You can drink it daily as a tonic if you like, too.
Relaxation Tea or Tincture
I love this blend of herbs. The reason I included a tea for relaxation in this Fall checklist of remedies is because being relaxed helps alleviate the stress response from being sick or being immune compromised. It helps you calm down and may also help you sleep!
Natural Cold & Flu Care
Finally, you may enjoy my eBook: Natural Cold & Flu Care (Stay Well, Deal with Symptoms, Get Well Faster, & Keep the Recovery Going).
This book is a complete guide to all phases of dealing with colds and flu. From how to stay well in the first place, to what to do if you “feel” a cold or flu just starting, to dealing with symptoms of cold & flu, to helping with the natural recovery process….this book will help you be ready this Fall!
If you or a loved one gets sick, you’ll be prepared and know exactly what to do!
Final Thoughts on Natural Remedies to Have on Hand This Fall
If you have kids, then you know how a classroom can be: One person gets sick, comes to school, and then everyone in the room goes down in waves. It’s frustrating, because this doesn’t have to happen so harshly every year!
Even just going to the store and touching the shopping cart, or being on an airplane, or going into any public place for that matter….You will be exposed to germs that cause cold and flu.
The question to ask yourself is, “Am I ready if a cold or flu wants to get going in my body? Or the bodies of my family?”
Do a little preparation now, and you’ll not be taken by surprise when your child comes home with that runny nose, cough, or fever. You’ll be prepared!
What remedies do you like to have on hand? I’d love if you’d share with us in the comments! Oh! And you may also enjoy this related article: The Healing Powers of Honey and How to Use It.
Also, not everyone has time to grow or forage for their medicinal herbs. I know this. You can purchase quality bulk herbs and culinary spices from Starwest Botanicals. I love this company!
Hugs, Health, and Self-Reliance,
Disclaimer: I am NOT a medical doctor or professional. The information contained in this article is for informational purposes only and is not meant to treat, cure, diagnose, or prevent any disease. Please seek advice from your medical professional if you have concerns. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA.