5 Easy Home Remedies for the Cold and Flu Season 2012


Cinnamon and Honey at the First Sign of a Cold

We’ve all used this Honey and Cinnamon remedy now a couple times and it has worked!  I’ve used echinacea in the past, but with the honey-cinnamon remedy, I can really feel it working right away.  I usually stir my honey cinnamon mixture into tea, and the children use theirs as dip for fruit.  I love having something that can work on that dreaded ‘I think I’m getting sick’ feeling.

Elderberry Syrup to Boost The Immune System

Black elderberries grow commonly in the wild in many parts of the world, and they are inexpensive to order online as well. I got my dried elderberries to add to our diet to boost our immune systems this winter.  I made the dried elderberries into homemade elderberry syrup, added a tablespoon of dried berries to applesauce I was making in the crockpot, and I add some to tea sometimes.

Ginger Tea with Honey for Sore Throats

Ginger tea is a warming winter drink, which is recommended on the GAPS Diet and prefect for soothing winter sore throats.

Chicken Stock for good nutrition when sick

Homemade chicken stock is easy to digest and full of the nutrients needed to keep a healthy immune system or heal when feeling run down.  Homemade chicken stock is so easy to make, promise me you won’t be buying any canned soup this year, okay?

Homemade Vaposteam Using Essential Oils

Adding some essential oils to your warm mist humidifier can help stuffy noses breathe easier. See what to add (and precautions to take) here.

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  1. I really don’t understand this post ! Any kind of sugar (even natural) is known to decrease the immune system so sugar is to AVOID when you are feeling the cold coming !

    A good nutrition is the key !

  2. Maybe better to use manuka honey then

  3. Thanks Cara for the reminder! I used these remedies last year at the first sign of a cold. We were never sick for more than a couple of days! This is good nutrition and it works. I’d rather take honey ad cinnamon than over-the-counter cold medicines!

  4. @ Martine…..Honey is EXCELLENT for colds. and coughs…..I think you are confusing refined sugars for natural sweeteners….
    Raw honey has anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal properties. It promotes body and digestive health, is a powerful antioxidant, strengthens the immune system, eliminates allergies, and is an excellent remedy for skin wounds and all types of infections. (Natural News)

    • “Raw honey has anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal properties”

      .Yes it does. Apparently aw honey poutice’s are used still in Africa for c-section patients.

  5. These are some great tips to help, my children are full of cold now so will be trying these out!

  6. Great tips — I would add to the list Vitamin D and fermented cod liver oil with butter oil to the list. Since we’ve been taking those daily along with lots of chicken stock and real food, we haven’t had so much as a sniffle around here.

  7. I have tried the honey cinnamon for the past 6 months since I saw this on facebook. I get sick alot. I damaged my lungs with cleaning chemicals years ago so now I have asthma. Needles to say I get pnemonia and brochitus often. Anyway I have been using this remedy everytime I start to feel funny so far I have beaten being sick 3 times. I saw the Dr. Oz show the other day and they are recommending Buckwheat Honey. I can’t find that in my area. I keep stocked up on raw organic honey and have the Sam’s Club container (jumbo) of cinnamon. I hope I never have to take another antibiotic again.

  8. I have to say I am a nurse in New Zealand and we use honey often for wound healing even infected wounds with success!! The waikato university has done a lot of research into UMF honey its a well documented and proven remedy. It is also used via a nebuliser for lung infections!!

  9. My daughter woke up very sick a couple of weeks ago and I gave her honey cinnamon, elderberry and bone broth and she was better and herself within hours! AMAZING!!!

  10. Love these! Now….would that be what is commonly called cinnamon in N. America (cassia), or is it the real cinnamon that we should be using..?

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