Echinacea Tea and Other Natural Cold Remedies

I’ve managed to get a bit of a cold. I’m on the tail end of it now but it’s inconvenient to say the least. It’s shocking too, because I haven’t been sick since the last time I was sick. I actually think that was Christmas 2 years ago, but I may be mistaken. Anyway there are a couple of things I like to do to knock the cold out of me. Some might think they’re old wives’ tales (poor old wives), but I’m all into them big time. The first is echinacea tea. Here’s how I make it.


  • 1 teaspoon echinacea
  • 1 teaspoon lemon balm
  • 1 teaspoon peppermint
  • 4 thin slices ginger root
  • 2 thin slices lemon

I use a mid-sized sauce pan to make this tea. I don’t know how much water goes in it exactly but I’d say it’s enough to make about 4 mugs of tea. Fill the pan with water then add the ginger and the lemon. Bring that to a boil. Put your dried herbs into a teapot (one of those ceramic old school ones) and pour the boiling water into the pot over the herbs. Cover and let steep for 10 to 15 minutes. If you don’t have a teapot, no sweat, just use something else like another pot. Honestly, though I wish I had a teapot, I don’t so that’s what I do.  If you really have too because you need some sweetness in your life, add some honey. I usually skip that part.

Other Cold Remedies

The title of this posts says something about other natural cold remedies. I should have written remedy because I only have one to offer up and it’s going to sound really crazy to you, but it works. Garlic oil on the feet is a great remedy. Just peel and chop up a head of garlic roughly, put it in a container, and add enough olive oil to cover the garlic. Let this sit all day and at night put the garlicy oil all over your feet, put on some socks and go to bed.

I learned about this remedy from this herbal remedies site.