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9 Home Remedies for Cold & Allergy Season

Homemade Escapades' 9 Cold & Allergy Remedies

Not too long ago, I woke up with Pink Eye for the first time in my life. I was unpleasantly surprised to look at myself in the mirror and see one super blood-shot glassy eye looking right back at me. A friend of mine recently battled an outbreak of Pink Eye in her home, and she mentioned that she used a honey solution that seemed to really work. So naturally I took to the Internet to do some research. Now, you need to know this about me… I loathe beyond all reason dislike going to the Doctor, so any and all methods I can explore at home I will usually try. Lo and behold! I found a recipe for a honey solution that is proven effective on Pink Eye and mixed it up late on a Friday night. I put a few drops in my eye every few hours and by Sunday morning I was healed*.

To make this miracle solution, you simply boil some water (with salt if you choose) and let it cool back to a nice warm (as to not destroy the healing properties in the honey). Once the water is warm, mix in the honey until well dissolved. There you have it! Keep is stored in a tight container for a few days and use as needed. The ratio is as follows:

1 tsp Local Honey for every 1/2 cup of boiled water (dash of salt)

So, all that to say, I really like home remedies and I think they can be powerful in certain situations. Since Allergy Season is in full-swing, I thought I would share some of the better Cold and Allergy remedies I’ve come across. Enjoy!

1. Honey Citrus Syrups

Ok, so this is definitely going to be my go-to next time I’m sick or I know someone who is because WOW. Not only are these good for you, but the flavors that Monica has come up with sound delicious. Can I please be sick? 

She’s concocted a very basic formula for a healing syrup that can be savored by itself or dissolved into tea or hot water. Even if you don’t plan to use this recipe, she has included an array of helpful information and facts about honey!  She is very knowledgable and you can bet I read through it with a pen and paper, jotting down notes and things to remember.

Citrus Honey Syrups by The Yummy Life

Not only does she have a lot of information available, her recipes are flexible. She gives you guidelines so that you can feel free to use different herbs or citrus if you would like – customize it to your tastes!

2. Bee Pollen

You may have heard your friends of people on TV talking about Bee Pollen like it’s just the bee’s knees (yea, I went there), but that may be because it is! According to Food Matters,

[Bee Pollen] is considered one of nature’s most completely nourishing foods as it contains nearly all nutrients required by humans… Bee pollen is a complete food and contains many elements that products of animal origin do not possess. Bee pollen is richer in proteins than any animal source. It contains more amino acids than beef, eggs, or cheese of equal weight.

See? You thought it was just a new fad.

Bee Pollen Benefits explained by Food Matters

Taking a single dose of Bee Pollen a day can work wonders for your sniffly nose. Here’s exactly how and why it helps:

  1. Respiratory System: Bee pollen contains a high quantity of antioxidants that may have an anti-inflammatory effect on the tissues of the lungs, preventing the onset of asthma.
  2. Treating Allergies: Pollen reduces the presence of histamine, ameliorating many allergies. Dr. Leo Conway, M.D of Denver Colorado, reported that 94 percent of his patients were completely free from allergy symptoms once treated with oral feeding of pollen.
  3. Immune System Booster: Pollen is good for the intestinal flora and thereby supports the immune system. According to holistic health expert Dr. Joseph Mercola, bee pollen has antibiotic-type properties that can help protect the body from contracting viruses.

3. Herbal Cough Drops

Making your own Cough Drops generally requires a Candy Thermometer and a certain level of skill which I do not possess (yet). Despite that, these look and sound delicious!

Homemade Cough Drops by The Frugal Farm Wife

Elise embraces the power of teas, honey, and Essential Oils to bring these little guys to life!  She clearly explains why she’s included the oils she did and how they help make your throat feel better.

4. Cough & Cold Syrup

I spent a decent amount of time on this blog when I was on the Paleo diet, so if you’re watching your grain, sugar, and dairy intake, I definitely recommend checking it out! 

Below you’ll see this smooth cough syrup that Kelly’s made. Full of lemon, honey, and cinnamon, I can’t imagine it not being incredibly tasty!

Cough & Cold Syrup by Primally Inspired

5. Essential Oil Power

If you haven’t already jumped on the Essential Oils train, you’re missing out. I don’t claim to be a guru or even own that many, but I believe they work. Here’s a few that Dr. Axe are sure will help with your seasonal allergies:

Top 5 Essential Oils for Allergies by Dr. Axe

Peppermint Oil: Peppermint is an expectorant of sorts and provides relief for allergies, colds, coughs, sinus pressure, and bronchitis. It’s recommended that you diffuse five drops of essential oil at home to unclog sinuses and treat a scratchy throat. This will also help your nasal muscles relax, helping your body to clear out mucus and allergens like pollen.

Basil Oil: Basil reduces the inflammatory response of allergens. To fight inflammation and regulate the overreaction of the immune system when faced with an allergen, take one drop of basil oil internally by adding it to soup, salad dressing or any other dish. To support the respiratory system, dilute 2–3 drops of basil oil with equal parts coconut oil and apply topically to the chest, back of neck and temples.

Eucalyptus Oil: Eucalyptus opens up the lungs and sinuses, thereby improving circulation and reducing symptoms of allergies. Studies have shown that it produces a cold sensation in the nose that helps to improve airflow. To treat respiratory issues associated with allergies, diffuse five drops of eucalyptus at home or apply it topically to the chest and temples. To clear the nasal passages and relieve congestion, pour a cup of boiling water into a bowl and add 1–2 drops of eucalyptus essential oil. Then place a towel over your head and inhale deeply for 5–10 minutes.(I can personally speak to this one! I’ve been using Eucalyptus Oil for my nearly chronic bronchitis since I was a kid.)

Lemon Oil: Lemon oil supports lymphatic system drainage and helps with overcoming respiratory conditions. As a natural disinfectant, it helps kill bacteria that lingers on surfaces or floats in the air. Try adding lemon oil to your laundry detergent, mix a couple of drops with water and spray it on your couches, sheets, curtains and carpets.

Tea Tree Oil: This powerful oil can destroy airborne pathogens that cause allergies. Diffusing tea tree oil in the home will kill mold, bacteria and fungi. It is an antiseptic agent and it has anti-inflammatory properties. Use tea tree oil on skin rashes and hives or as a household cleaner. When using tea tree topically, add 2–3 drops to a clean cotton ball and gently apply to the area of concern. For people with sensitive skin, dilute tea tree with a carrier oil first, like coconut or jojoba oil.

6. Soothing Coconut Cough Drops

These look almost like candy! With a combo like Coconut Oil and Raw Honey, what’s not to like? 

Soothing Cough Drops by Coconut Mama

Not only can I imagine that these taste delicious and would sooth my throat post haste, they seem very easy to make – even for a novice like myself. 

7. Apple Cider Vinegar

Would you believe that Apple Cider Vinegar is a great remedy for mucus build-up? Next time your nasal passages are stuffed up, consider trying a teaspoon of high quality (like Bragg)ACV to get that boost of Potassium your body needs to this out that mucus! 

Apple Cider Vinegar Remedies

 

8. Sore Throat Slushie

I made this two weeks ago when my throat was so sore I could barely speak and wow was it great! It was delicious and soothing and I didn’t have to worry about what I was drinking. Even if you’re not sick, it’s warm outside and I think I want to be sipping on this Slushie in the sunshine!  

Miracle Sore Throat Remedy by The Kitchen Girl

What’s great about this recipe is that it’s low in sugar and high in flavor! Only down side is that you need a great blender… of which I do not have. But I just crushed some ice and poured the mixture over the ice and it was still wonderful. 

9. Elderberry Syrup

This recipe is packed with the power of Elderberries! Full of antioxidants, Elderberries have been known to help treat the flu, bronchitis, bacterial infections, and more for years!

Elderberry Syrup by A Blossoming Life

Remember all those great things I said about Apple Cider Vinegar earlier in the post? Well, Amy has embraced them in this health-bearing syrup.


I’m very curious to hear what you think about these remedies and if you’re tried anything similar! Do you head to CVS or do you check your pantry to see what you can whip up?

 

*I am not a doctor. I am speaking from my own personal experience and make no promises that you will have the same results. Please do NOT give honey to any children under 18 months old as it can cause them harm.