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[Natural Health Secrets] Episode 14: Home Remedies For Cold – Part 1 Leave a comment

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Cumin Seeds
An excellent home remedy for cold or flu, rich with iron, vitamin A, and C. It strengthens your immune system.

  • Add 1 tablespoon of cumin seeds in 2 cups of water and boil for a 5 minutes.
  • Add fresh ginger
  • Strain and drink the water every 3 to 4 hours.

How it Works?

Cuminaldehyde heals bronchitis, common cold and other respiratory conditions.
If you suffer from frequent heartburn, liver problems, low blood sugar level, diabetes, allergy or skin rashes do not use cumin.

Eucalyptus Oil

Pure oil has antifungal, antispasmodic, antibacterial, antiseptic, expectorant, and analgesic (pain killing) properties, improves blood flow, destroys bacterial cells, decongest your airways and expel phlegm. Due to immune – boosting properties, Eucalyptus oil prevents infections and helps with blocked nose, fever, and itchy throat.

Eucalyptus Oil for Congestion

  • Pour few drops of natural eucalyptus oil to a vessel containing water.
  • boil for a while and take it off the heat.
  • Cover our head with a towel and inhale the vapors coming from the vessel and exhale through the mouth – two to three times in a day.

To ease breathing during sleep, take a soft, clean cloth, add few drops of eucalyptus on it and place this cloth underneath your pillow.

The oil’s aroma helps unblock your nose So you can have a good night sleep.

How it works?

Eucalyptus oil has active components monoterpenes and sesquiterpenes that are anti-inflammatory, decongestant, antispasmodic, antiseptic, and antibacterial properties.
If you are allergic to strong scents do not use it.

Note: Toxic if ingested. It is only for topical application, not recommended for kids.


Herb contains flavonoids, iron, volatile oils, vitamins A, C, E that boost the immunity, enhances the number of white blood cells in the body. It is used for mumps, sore throat, wounds, measles and infections by Native American tribes.

How it Works?

This herb strengthens your immune system the interferon(active component) kills germs. Interferon cells are also assisted phagocytosis, production of macrophages (germ eating cells) It is used effectively for reducing the symptoms of measles.
If you are suffering from auto – immune disorders – rheumatoid arthritis and multiple sclerosis, allergy,or atrophy do not use it.

Black Pepper

Its antimicrobial properties help loosen the phlegm.
You can increase use of pepper powder in your diet, or mix black pepper with milk or mix black pepper with honey.

How it Works?

Capsaicin assists in thinning the mucus and provides relief from chest congestion.
If you have high blood pressure, stomach ulcer, pregnant or breastfeeding do not use peper for treatments.

Milk, Ginger, and Turmeric


  • In a glass of milk mix one – half teaspoon of turmeric powder and ginger powder.
  • Boil the mixture and drink 3x per day – including before going to bed.

How it Works?

Ginger contains sesquiterpenes, gingerol and shogaolt hat eliminate rhinoviruses.
turmeric has a compound called ‘Curcumin’ – an active anti – inflamatory ingredient.

Do not use if you are allergic to ginger, are pregnant.

Do not use turmeric if you are taking medications for conditions like diabetes, inflammation, Cholesterol, and blood thinners.

Gargle With Salt Water (Natural not refined salt or pink Himalayan salt)
Gargle with salt water to eliminate the sore throat and cough. A sore throat leaves the tissues inflamed or swollen, but salt water can pull the fluids away from inflamed tissues. Mix a table spoon of salt with a cap of water and gargle several times per day.

Spice Tea

Below are healing herbs/spices for tea:

  • Use few coriander seeds, ½ teaspoon cumin, ½ teaspoon ginger, and some fenugreek seeds, add few pieces of ginger if you want.
  • Boil a cup of water, Let it simmer for ten minutes.
  • Strain the mixture and drink daily.

How it Works? It assist in digestion, liver function and reduce symptoms of diarrhea. Gingerol and other active ingredients make it powerful antibiotic with fungal and microbial actions.

Do not use, if you are suffering from diabetes, are allergic to aniseed, fennel, caraway.

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