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Learn how to make these natural cold remedies and recipes to treat cold and flu.
Cold and Flu Treatment
Today I’m gonna’ be talking about one of my favorite things and that is natural remedies. I love anything to do with healing naturally and I use natural remedies as much as possible in my life. It makes me crazy how people turn to pharmaceuticals so quickly and easily.
So today I’m gonna’ tell you how you can make your own personal care products for cold and flu season and I’m gonna give you five recipes. These products are especially helpful during cold and flu season and during this difficult time as well.
Now just a little disclaimer: I cannot say these products are effective against this virus that is plaguing us. I hope so and I’m gonna use them regardless because I really believe in natural remedies. They’re really powerful and, like me, you may not buy commercial products anyway.
I don’t buy hand sanitizer (for example), I make my own. If you are reading this then you probably won’t go and buy it either. So I’m going to show you some recipes you can make yourself instead.
Some of these products, if not all, you can find at your local grocery store. They may be in the natural section, at your local pharmacy or at a local health food store. If you can’t find them in any of these places, you can them on Amazon. I will put links to these products on Amazon.
I make some of these products (I’ll provide links to my Etsy shop when relevant), so if you don’t want to make them yourself, you can buy them from me.
5 Natural Cold Remedies and Recipes
1. Homemade Hand Sanitizer with Aloe Vera Gel
- 1/4 c rubbing alcohol*
- 1/8 c aloe vera gel
- 20 drops tea tree essential oil
- 12 drops lemongrass essential oil
- Pour rubbing alcohol into a small bowl.
- Add aloe vera gel.
- Add essential oils.
- Mix well.
- Pour into BPA free tube.
*Make sure you use 99% isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol) in order to ensure there is 60% rubbing alcohol in the recipe. If you only have 70% isopropyl alcohol, use a mixture of 9-parts (rubbing alcohol) to 1-part (aloe vera gel).
You should be able to add this hand sanitizer to any kind of bottle, you could even put it in a spray bottle.
The rubbing alcohol is going to make your hands dry but the aloe vera gel will help to prevent this.
Essential oils are optional. I always add essential oils, especially because the essential oils that I recommend in these recipes help to kill off bacteria as well, especially tea tree oil. I recommend you use tea tree oil in all of these recipes.
Tea tree oil has been shown to kill off E Coli and staph infections, among other things. It’s really powerful.
Lemon essential oil is antibacterial as well. You can use lemongrass essential oil as well. Lemongrass smells really wonderful.
In all of these recipes, I do recommend that you use lemon and tea tree oil but you can also use oils such as thyme or oregano – these are really powerful as well.
2. Disinfecting hand soap
- 1/2 c water (distilled or boiled)*
- 1/4 c lavender castile soap
- 20 drops tea tree essential oil
- 12 drops lemon or lemongrass essential oil
- Pour the water into a foam soap dispenser (before the castile soap to prevent bubbles).
- Pour in the castile soap.
- Add the vitamin E oil.
- Add essential oil (if not using scented castile soap).*
Using distilled or boiled water diminishes bacteria and other impurities in the water.
This can be made into a liquid soap (for use with a liquid soap dispenser instead of a foam soap dispenser) but I don’t find it works nearly as well.
Castile soap is just a natural soap that comes from oils and you can use it in so many different recipes. Castile soap is wonderful in this recipe.
Just as in the last recipe, I’m using a 1% dilution of essential oils. You can use more if you like or you can use less if you want less. You would divide the amount of essential oils by half if you want less. If you want more, you just double the amount of essential oils.
This is foaming hand soap, so you’ll need to make sure you have a bottle specifically for foaming soap.
3. Cough syrup
This cough syrup is really effective because it’s a cough suppressant as well as an expectorant, which means it helps to suppress a cough but it also helps to bring up any mucus you have. It might make you cough a little at first but then it will stop your cough as well. This is typical of cough syrups or cough medicines.
- ½ c distilled water
- ¼ tsp organic ginger
- 1/8 tsp organic cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp organic clove
- 3/4 c raw honey
- 1 lemon
- 1 lime
- Combine water and spices in a pot. Stir until thoroughly combined.
- Expel juice from lemons and limes in a separate bowl. Add to water and spices.
- Pour in honey.
- Heat mixture on medium heat until it thickens (this part takes a while so you’ll have to patient, but it’s worth it, I promise).
I recommend using ceylon cinnamon and manuka honey if possible as they offer the most health benefits.
Unfortunately, when heated, raw honey loses some of its benefits.
If you want to cook this even longer, you can make it into a candy and then you can have cough drops. You just take a dollop of the candy and you drop it on a piece of wax paper and then just twist the paper to close.
You do have to cook this for a certain amount of time in order to make it into a candy. It’s best if you have a candy thermometer to do this.
I cooked this once for too long and it was really very thick. It was so thick that I could hardly scoop it out. If you don’t want a cough drop and you accidentally cook it a little too long, just add a bit more distilled water. Try a tablespoon of distilled water. If that doesn’t work, add another tablespoon to make it more of a liquid.
These spices are really beneficial in cough medicine. But if you don’t want to add them, you don’t have these spices or maybe you are going to be giving this to your kids and it’s too spicy (that’s what my kid found), then you can just omit them. The combination of citrus and honey will help to alleviate symptoms on their own.
- 1 c rubbing alcohol
- 1/2 c vinegar
- 40 drops tea tree essential oil
- 20 drops lemon or lemongrass essential oil
- Pour rubbing alcohol into a glass or BPA free spray bottle.
- Pour in the vinegar.
- Add the essential oils.
5. Vapor rub
A lot of people make a salve. I don’t make a salve, I just use coconut oil and essential oils. The reason is that I use the least amount of ingredients that I can. I know sometimes if you add more ingredients it’s more beneficial, so sometimes I do add more ingredients.
You can make a salve with this recipe if you like but you’re gonna have to use different ingredients as coconut oil tends to be a little harder. If you want a salve, you can try using shea butter instead of coconut oil or a combination of coconut oil and shea butter.
This recipe is a 2% dilution – this recipe is for adults. I’m also going to give you a recipe for kids as well. The 2% dilution is for adults only, not for kids.
- 2 tbsp coconut oil
- 4 drops peppermint essential oil
- 4 drops eucalyptus essential oil
- 4 drops camphor essential oil
- Add coconut oil to a container.
- Pour in essential oils and combine well.
- Use as needed (apply to chest, under nose).
During the colder months, coconut oil will harden. Therefore I find it easiest, during these times, to scrape the coconut oil out of the jar with a spoon. You shouldn’t use your fingers anyway as it can add bacteria to the vapor rub. So you should use something you can throw away or wash each time.
Coconut oil melts in the summer, so this recipe is only good for colder seasons – cold and flu season tends to be in the colder seasons anyhow.
You can use tea tree essential oil instead of camphor essential oil if you like or you can omit the camphor essential oil altogether. Tea tree essential oil is fantastic as well because it’s antibacterial – it fights against infections.
If you don’t have tea tree oil or you don’t want to use it, you can just use more peppermint essential oil and eucalyptus essential oil or you could just use eucalyptus essential oil and tea tree essential oil. It depends what you have on hand.
Peppermint helps to clear your sinuses. My sister loves my natural pain remedy. She bought it for headaches and she has found it especially helpful for clearing her sinuses. She swears by it for her sinus headaches.
Peppermint essential oil is wonderful for pain because it inhibits muscle contractions.
Eucalyptus is known for helping with respiratory conditions and camphor helps to clear your lungs.
Vapor Rub Recipe for Kids
I have two vapor rub recipes for children – the first recipe is for children under two and the second recipe is for children two and above.
It’s really important that you don’t use the adult recipe on kids. The reason is that these essential oils cannot be used with children of a certain age. Peppermint essential oil should not be used with children under 6 and eucalyptus essential oil should not be used with children under 10.
This is a 0.25 percent dilution (safe dilution for kids this age).
This is a 1% dilution (safe dilution for kids this age).
Now, maybe you don’t want to make your own recipes or you can’t find some of the ingredients. The product I can make for you is vapor rub (for adults or kids).
Please share if you know someone who would find this helpful. Thanks! 🙂
Have you tried other natural remedies for cold and flu? Share your comments below.
I wish you health and happiness,
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