Wednesday What Herb Is This – Herbal Cold and Flu Care

December 31, 2008 at 1:16 pm (Colds, Coughs, Flu, Herbs, Honey, Magic, pagan, Recipe, Wednesday, Wisdom, Witch)

Herbal Cold and Flu Care
Found at Khakani’s Mystical World


This herbal information is intended as an introduction to how medicinal herb plants can be used as remedies for cold, flu & similar ailments. It is intended for educational purposes only. I am not a medical professional and I cannot prescribe what herbs are right for you. I cannot answer medical questions, so please do not ask me (or any other complete stranger for that matter) to prescribe herbal remedies, cures, treatments or to guess what is wrong with you. If you use herbs, do so responsibly. Consult your doctor about your health conditions and use of herbal remedies. Herbs may be harmful if taken for the wrong conditions, used in excessive amounts, combined with prescription drugs or alcohol, or used by persons who don’t know what they are doing. Just because an herbal remedy is natural, does not mean it is safe! There are herbs that are poisonous such as Poison Hemlock, Jimson weed, and many more.

Colds and Flus can strike at any time throughout the year, regardless of when, they always stink!
Here are some recipes for herbal "concoctions" to help you get thru,  whether you are the one feeling down or a family member. Whip some up  and make a basket for a friend or co-worker that hasn’t been feeling  well. No matter how you choose to use them I hope they bring some relief! If you find yourself at a loss trying to reconcile the herbs listed to something you can find in today’s world, you can go to Joelle’s Sacred Grove and reference her wonderful herbal cross-reference information.

Garlic Honey Cough and Cold Syrup

Peel garlic cloves, put into a jar. cover with honey. Set in warm place for 2 weeks or more until the garlic turns opaque. Take 1  teaspoonful as needed. Dilute with a little water or lemon juice for

Onion Cough and Cold Syrup

Slice an onion, cover it with honey, let stand overnight. Strain, take a teaspoonful 4-5 times daily as needed.

Cherry Horehound Syrup

  • 2 ounces honey
  • 2 ounces water
  • 1 ounce vodka
  • 1 oz wild cherry bark
  • 1/2 oz horehound syrup
  • 1/2 oz rhubarb syrup
  • 1/2 oz wild ginger syrup

Boil and the honey & water, skim. Add vodka,syrup of wild cherry bark, horehound syrup, rhubarb syrup, and wild ginger syrup. Shake well before each use. Take one teaspoon as needed or every hour.

Cough Syrup Combo

  • 2 part Elecampane Root

  • 1 part Horehound
  • 2 parts Musk mallow or Marshmallow Root.

Combine all the herbs, cover in honey and keep warm for 1 day. Strain herbs and use as needed.

Anise Tea for Coughs

Using Anise as a cough remedy is now supported by science. It has been a traditional treatment for coughs, bronchitis and asthma. The herb contains creosol and alpha-pinene that loosen bronchial secretions and make them easier to cough up. Gently crush 1 teaspoon of anise seeds per cup of boiling water. Steep for 10-20 minutes and strain. Drink up to 3 cups per day.
As a tincture, take 1/2 to 1 teaspoon up to 3 times a day. For children and the elderly begin with low-strength preparations and increase in strength if necessary.

Cough Combo

Equal parts of Coltsfoot, Mullein and Licorice. Combine all herbs and use 1-2 tsp. per cup of boiling water. Steep for 10 minutes.

Whooping Cough

  • 1 part White Horehound
  • 2 parts Mouse Ear
  • 1 part Sundew
  • 1 part Coltsfoot
  • 1 part Thyme

Mix all ingredients together. Use 1-2 teaspoon to 1 cup of boiling water. Steep 10 minutes.
Old Fashioned Mustard Plaster

Mix one part mustard powder with 4 parts of flour. Add enough water to make a thick paste. Rub a little warmed olive oil over the chest then apply the mustard paste to chest, lung areas and upper back, keeping it in place with a clean cotton cloth. You can use powdered ginger root instead of mustard as well.

Ginger Root Tea

Ginger helps fight and kill influenza virus and increases the immune systems ability to fight infection.

  • 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
  • 1 cup of boiling water
  • Pinch of cayenne
  • lemon juice and honey to taste

Steep 10 minutes. Drink as little or as much as you desire throughout the day.

Fenugreek Tea

Fenugreek’s soothing mucilage may help relieve sore throat pain, cough, and minor indigestion. Gently boil 2 teaspoons of bruised seeds per cup of water. Simmer 10 minutes. Drink up to 3 cups a day. To improve flavor add, honey, lemon, anise or peppermint. Do not give medicinal preparations to children under 2. for older children and the elderly start with low strength preparation and increase strength if needed.

Sore Throat

  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice (or to taste)
  • 1 cup water

Boil water, add honey and lemon. Drink to relieve sore throat.

Other remedies:

Gargle with hot salt water. 1/2 teaspoon salt to 8 ounces of water 4-5 times a day.
Licorice Root – Suck on Licorice candy made from real licorice or drink a tea by steeping 1 teaspoon of licorice root in 1 cup of hot water for 3 minutes.
Blackberry – Eat blackberries to relieve mouth sores and sore throat.
                 Tea: Use 2 to 3 teaspoons of dried leaves per cup of boiling water. Steep 10-20 minutes, drink up to 3 cups per day.
Echinacea – 2 teaspoons per cup of water, bring to a boil then simmer for 15 minutes. Drink up to 3 cups a day.
Eucalyptus – Eucalyptus loosens the phlegm in the chest, making it easier to cough up. Studies show Eucalyptus kills influenza, a virus that causes the  most serious form of flu. It also kills some bacteria so may help prevent bacterial bronchitis, a common complication of colds and flu.
Use 1 to 2 teaspoons of dried crushed leaves per cup of boiling water. Steep 10 minutes. Drink up to 2 cup per day. Not for children under 2.
Horehound –
Horehound is commonly used as a cure for children’s cough, cold and croup. This herb has expectorant properties that loosen phlegm from  the chest. Use 1/2 to 1 teaspoon dried herb to 1 cup of boiling water. Simmer for 10 to 15 minutes, drink 3 times a day.
Horehound Candy

  • 1 cup horehound tea
  • 4 cups sugar
  • 2 cups dark or light corn syrup

Boil horehound leaves to make a good strong tea. Drain reserving 1 cup of liquid. Add the cup of tea to the other ingredients and boil until it just starts to caramel. Put onto a flat greased cookie sheet. Start cutting with kitchen shears or scissors as soon as it starts to harden on edges.

Allergy Relief Formula

  • 2 parts Fenugreek
  • 1 part Horehound
  • 1/2 part Black Cohosh
  • 1/8 part Lobelia.


  • 2 parts Elecampane
  • 1 part Goldenseal
  • 1 part Licorice
  • 1 part Wild Cherry Bark
  • 2 teaspoons Honey.

Combine all the dry herbs together, insuring that they are well mixed. Take 1 ounce of the dry mixture and place in a 8 ounce jar, or a mug that can be covered completely. Pour 6 ounces hot water over herbs and let steep for 15 to 20 minutes. Strain  off the herbs and add 2 teaspoons of raw honey or to taste. Drink 6 ounces 3 times a a day.

Cold and Flu Combo

  • 3 parts Echinacea
  • 3 parts Goldenseal Root
  • 2 parts Pau D Arco
  • 2 parts Peppermint leaf
  • 2 parts Mullein
  • 1 part Ginger Root

Combine all of the herbs together. Place 2 Tablespoons of mix in jar that can be completely covered. Pour 6 ounces of hot water over the herbs and seal. Steep for 10 to 15 minutes. Strain herbs. Drink 1 cup 3 times a day. Inhale the tea to relieve sinus congestion.

Elecampane Tea

Elecampane is used for chronic lung conditions, asthma, bronchitis, colds and pleurisy. Simmer 1/2 ounce of dried root in one pint of  water for 20 minutes. Drink after meals.

Bergamot Tea

Bergamot is a rich source of thymol, an aromatic antiseptic. Helps nausea, vomiting and upset stomach. Infuse 1 teaspoon dried bergamot in one cup of boiling water. Steep for 15 minutes. Strain and add honey to taste.

Cold Sores

  • Bergamot
  • Eucalyptus Oil
  • Tea Tree Oil.

Combine & apply as needed

Lemon Balm

2 Teaspoons dried lemon balm to 1 cup of water. Steep 15-20 minutes. Sweeten with honey and give for fevers, cold and flu symptoms.


  • 2 parts Boneset
  • 1 part Elder Flower
  • 1 part Peppermint

Mix all together and use 1-2 tsp. per cup of boiling water. Drink as hot as possible.


  • 1 part Echinacea
  • 1 part Goldenrod
  • 1 part Goldenseal
  • 1 part Marshmallow leaf.

Mix all ingredients together and use 1-2 teaspoons per cup of boiling water. Simmer for 15 minutes and drink 1 cup every 2 hours.

Hay Fever

  • 2 parts Elderflowers
  • 1 part Ephedra
  • 1 part Eyebright
  • 1 part Goldenseal

Mix all herbs together. use 1 teaspoon per cup of boiling water, let steep 10 minutes. Drink 1 cup up to 3 times a day.


  • 2 parts Echinacea
  • 2 parts Poke root
  • 2 parts Red Sage
  • 1 part balm of Gilead.

Mix all herbs together and use 1-2 tsp per cup of boiling water. Simmer for 10 minutes and drink 1 cup every 2 hours.

Blood Purifier for Colds

  • 2 oz. Echinacea root
  • 1 oz Yellow Dock root
  • 1 oz. Golden Seal root
  • 1/2 oz. Ginseng root

Powder herbs and mix together. Put into size 00 capsules and take 2 capsules 3 times a day for 10 days. This combination is good for just about any illness.
Found and Posted By Witch of the North. Blessed be to you all

Disclaimer: No one involved in this blog or its contents may be held responsible for any adverse reactions arising from following any of the instructions/recipes on this list. It is the reader’s personal responsibility to exercise all precautions and use his or her own discretion if following any instructions or advice from this blog.


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