Thursday, November 27, 2008

Nature's Remedies ~ Quick Cures for Common Ailments

It seems everyone I talk to lately has some sort of cold, ear infection or other ailment caused by stress and the approaching cold weather. I thought some of you might enjoy a few of my natural remedies from my book of shadows. :-) I'll be sure to post more each week. Just another reason to subscribe to my blog!

Earaches ~
Soak a cotton ball or pad in olive oil, then add 5 drops of Lavender essential oil. Place it loosely in your ear until the pain abates.

Cough associated with Bronchitis ~

Mix 1 tsp of finely chopped fresh Thyme in a little honey. Take the mixture orally as needed to soothe inflamed lungs and airways.

Cough with Phlegm ~

1.) To calm cough, mix 5 Tbsp of honey with 5 tsp. of Cider Vinegar. This mild syrup will relieve coughing and help break up phlegm.
2.) A chest compress enhances the above effect: Soak a towel in equal amounts of cider vinegar and hot water (as hot as you can stand) and place it on your chest for 30 minutes.
*both remedies work well for children

Sore Throat Gargle ~
For a sore throat or Laryngitis, briefly boil 1 tsp. of raspberry leaves in 1 cup of water. Gargle with the mixture several times a day. You can enhance this mixture by adding some Calendula flowers and a few sage leaves. Allow to cool.

Sore Throat with Hoarseness ~

Squeeze one lemon and dilute the juice with 1 cup of hot water. Gargle 3 times a day.

Fever Blisters ~
Place a few drops of Echinacea juice on a cotton ball or swab and gently apply it to the affected area. Can halt progression of the lesions or even prevent them outright.


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