Sep26 Hippie Mom: Natural Cold Remedies 2012

Well Friends, with fall fast approaching we begin to prepare for the change in weather, the leaves changing colors, excitement for the holidays, and unfortunately the nasty colds that come along with it and give our little kiddos the sniffles. So we’ve researched some of the natural methods for avoiding and treating the common cold.

First up:
Apple Cider Vinegar has been known to be one of the greatest contributors to health. Research shows it’s benefits internally and holds many qualities including:
Rich in enzymes & potassium
Helps support a healthy immune system
Helps control weight
Promotes digestion & ph Balance
Helps soothe dry throats
Helps remove body sludge toxins (that doesn’t sound good)

What you Need:
¼ teaspoon Cayenne
¼ teaspoon Ginger
1 Tablespoon Cider Vinegar (an organic one, like Bragg’s, is preferred.)
2 Tablespoon Water
1 Tablespoon Honey (use a locally produced raw honey, if possible.)

Dissolve cayenne and ginger in cider vinegar and water. Add honey and shake well. Take 1 Tablespoon as needed for cough.

You can find out more HERE

Tumeric Milk
Tumeric has attracted a lot of attention for it’s healing powers, which has always been recognized as that in places like India. It’s helps with things like skin problems, colds, toothaches and many other ailments. You can read more about it HERE

What you Need:
2 cups fresh whole milk
1/2 – 1 tsp turmeric powder
2-3 whole black peppercorns
2-3 whole cardamom pods, cracked
1/2 inch ginger, roughly chopped
Pinch of saffron, optional
Sweetener like honey

Heat the milk along with the spices for 2-3 minutes. Add the sweetener to taste if using. Let it cool until its warm. Strain and serve.

Elderberry Echinacea Syrup

Elderberry contains many healthful properties (including antioxidants, tannins, vitamins A, B, and C, flavonoids and more), which could help strengthen the immune system. But it’s best known for knocking out the flu right when it starts, so it’s important to take it immediately upon having symptoms, or every day really.  Echinacea has been shown to be helpful with all sorts of ailments, and honey is antibacterial and a natural cold symptom remedy, plus cinnamon and ginger root which are also very helpful in fighting the nasty flu (just cinnamon and honey together are often used as well). Read more in riveting detail, HERE

What you Need:
ginger root
The BIG MOMA (I named it that)

“Ginger and cayenne are warming to your system, while onion, horseradish and garlic help to kill any bug that is attempting to assault your body. Sage and rosemary dry up any mucus that might be tempted to drip, and your body will benefit from the boost of minerals that apple cider vinegar provides. As scary as it sounds, it’s actually quite tasty, too.” Read more about the recipe and how to combine ingredients HERE

What you need:
1/4 c. ginger root, freshly grated
1/4 c. onion, freshly chopped
1/4 c. fresh rosemary, chopped
1/4 c. fresh sage leaves, chopped
1/4 c. grated horseradish
4 cloves of garlic (you can up it to 6, if you feel adventurous)
2 Tbsp. ground cayenne pepper
organic apple cider vinegar to cover


And if you can’t swallow any of the above, much less get your kiddos to do so, here’s another option.

Koreans make a medicinal “marmalade” with just fresh lemon and honey. “The lemon will cut through mucus (because of the acidity), kill bacteria, and also help numb tender, sore spots. The honey coats your throat and sweetens up all that acid that’s working in the lemon”, plus the other things we just learned about it, we’re such smarties.

Cut up 2 lemons, drop them in a small mason jar and pour honey over them until it filled up about 1/3 of the jar. You can immediately see the juice from the lemon being drawn out by the honey and the two swirling together. If you let it sit in the fridge, over the next couple of months the lemon will darken and the mixture will thicken. The peels and pulp will break down as well and leave behind a golden, lumpy marmalade that you can scoop into a cup and poor piping hot water over.  Easy as Pie!

This post is part of our new hippie mom series which will help the organic mom find tips in how to be as grass-roots, organic, tree hugging, well, hippie mom as possible.

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  • Kelli on September 28, 2012

    What a great post! No decide which one to try first!! :)

  • Annie on November 01, 2012

    I’ll definitely be referring back to this post throughout the winter months for my two little guys. Thank you!

  • Kellie on May 12, 2013

    I use the Apple Cider Vinegar stuff on a daily basis and thought I would give you an edit for it that I do. I add 1/4t cinnamon. Everything in it is so healthy, and it’s about the only way I can take ACV without making myself sick that I started taking it twice daily for all the health benefits beyond cold remedy. Which I can vouch for, I felt better after 1tsp and twelve hours of this than I did in 48 hours and way too many over the counter meds to mention (probably close to 20).

  • Julie Robbins-Muff on October 23, 2013

    I love the cold remedy solutions. If you don’t mind; I’d like to post this on the church newsletter – with your permission and your credit and web address on; of course. It’s too good not to share! I love it! – Jules

    • GREY on October 24, 2013

      Go for it:)

  • ferryboat George on November 12, 2013

    This is the on they always gave sick people when I was working at a health clinic in Mexico, the juice of half a lime with one clove of garlic diced into it. I like to eat limes, and if you swallow fast enough you don’t really taste the garlic, so I always thought it was yummy :) I think it would work with lemon juice too. Do this three times a day. The last time I was sick I also did hydrotherapy in the shower, five minutes under very hot water, then turn it as cool as you can take and dunk yourself for as long as you can stand (up to one minute) repeat at least three times. The first cold is very shocking, but the second and third aren’t nearly as bad, and it did make me feel much better.

  • Inelsi R. on January 07, 2014

    I felt a nasty cold coming on so I just made the apple cider vinegar and cayenne pepper mix but in tea format (basically just added hot water to the same mix) and I feel awesome. Thanx oh so much :-)

    • GREY on January 08, 2014

      wooohoooo So glad it worked.

  • Janet on March 04, 2014

    Please tell me if it needs refrigerated and when after you make it, how long does ot last?

  • JIll on September 04, 2014

    I wanted to make the honey, acv, cayenne and ginger but I had already whipped up a batch of the honey with lemon slices. I added the acv, cayenne and ginger(no water) to that and shook it up. With the juice from the lemons it really isn’t so bad. I’m hoping this will do the trick until I can go out tomorrow and buy more honey.

  • Charger on November 23, 2014

    I recently began making my own version of ACV/honey tonic. I’m still experimenting, but at the moment my little canning jar in the fridge includes – ACV, honey, garlic powder, ginger powder, ground turmeric (I used these powders for convenience, but plan to use fresh chopped in the future and just let them sit in the bottom of the jar), prepared horseradish, lemon juice, and sriracha. I’m convinced that there is no “right” way to make this and look forward to each batch being a little different. I definitely plan on trying the Korean marmalade recipe.

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