My Week on Wednesday and Natural Cold and Flu Remedies

Looking for Natural Remedies for Colds & Flu? Here is a great collection of posts from Once Upon a Time in a Bed of WIldflowers

Hello and welcome to another My Week on Wednesday!

Last week my husband and I were sick. In fact, last week’s My Week on Wednesday almost didn’t happen; we just sort of sat around feeling miserable taking turns taking care of the kids — who, happily, were untouched by whatever-it-was. (Knock on wood.)

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When we’re feeling under the weather, we have a few go-to ways to feel better fast:

Baking Soda & Epsom Salt Bath

We just add about a cup of baking soda, and two cups of Epsom salt to a tub filling with HOT water, as hot as we can stand. And soak for at least 20 minutes. Believe me, this does not make a person feel better… but it works wonderfully in making a person get better. So, in the meantime, we have…

The Irish Cure

Um, yeah. That would be whiskey. And tea. And naps, lots of naps.

Honey & Cinnamon

Just mix 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon into 1 teaspoon of raw honey; local is best. You can eat it off the spoon, or mix it with applesauce or yogurt if the cinnamon “bite” is too much. Have some 2-3 times a day until you feel better.

Honey and Cinnamon for Natural Cold Care

 So, what are some other natural remedies for cold, flu, and general sickness?

Glad you asked. I have collected a ton of natural cold and flu remedies from myself, my friends over at the Homestead Bloggers Network, and some of my other favorite bloggers.

Please note: Some of these posts contain recipes that use essential oils. Essential oils are awesome and extremely beneficial when use correctly. However, not all essential oils are suitable for all people and some can be dangerous to children, or if used incorrectly. Please use care with essential oils, and double check if you have any questions or concerns.
Also, I am not a medical doctor. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. Use common sense, do your own research, and consult an appropriate medical professional, if necessary. Okay?

I’m Sick! Now What?

A Peek Into Our Medicine Cabinet: Fighting Illness with Food from Traditional Cooking School by GNOWFGLINS — If you are only going to read one of these posts, make it this one. (But do, please, actually read the rest because I worked really hard on this post!)

8 Herbal Home Remedies for Cold and Flu from Herbal Academy of New England

Top 5 Natural, Homemade Remedies for Colds, Flu, and Their Symptoms from The Farmer’s Lamp

Flu Fighters: Three Healing Ideas from Letters from Sunnybrook — Sometimes, because of other health issues, even natural remedies are not possible for people. If this is true for you, this post may help! 🙂

Best Herbs and Spices for Cold and Flu from Common Sense Homesteading

Why I Don’t Reduce a Fever and What I Do Instead from Wellness Mama — Fevers are your friends. Honest.

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Preventing Sickness, Naturally 

Stay Healthy! from Provident Home Companion — Some great ways to keep healthy, plus some home remedies of you do get sick

6 Natural Remedies to Prevent Cold and Flu from Lady Lee’s Home

Thump Your Thymus from Yearning & Learning

Antimicrobial Spray for Flu Season from SchneiderPeeps

 Natural Cures

A Real Hangover and Cold Cure from Little Fall Creek — Just in case, right. 😉

Non-Alcoholic Echinacea Tincture from Lady Lee’s Home

How to use Onions to Fight off Illness from The Easy Homestead

Flu Bomb from Mom Prepares

Shower Disks and Aromatherapy from Simple Life Mom

Kiss, Kiss: A Homeopathic Solution from Homeopathy Works

Cold Kicker: A Tried and True Recipe from Keeper of the Home

Fire Cider: All Natural Cold and Flu Remedy from Savory Lotus

Dried Elderberries

photo credit: Herbal Academy of New England

Elderberry Syrup 

Quick and Simple Elderberry Cold Syrup from Herbal Academy of New England

Homemade Elderberry Syrup Recipe from Simple Life Mom

Making Medicinal Elderberry Syrup from Homespun Seasonal Living

How to Make Elderberry Syrup from Homestead Honey

How to Make Homemade Elderberry Syrup from Montana Homesteader

Homemade Elderberry Syrup from Graceful Little Honey Bee

Immune Boosting Elderberry and Rose Hips Tonic from Delicious Obsessions

Elderberry Calendula Cold and Flu Elixir from Herbal Academy of New England

Healing Tea and Other Drinks 

Ginger Tea Recipe from Finding the Story

10 Homemade Herbal Teas for Cold and Flu Season from Herbal Academy of New England

Turmeric for Inflammation: Daily Golden Milk Drink from Homestead and Survival — This post is nice because it includes a link to a video on how to make turmeric paste

South African Hot Toddy from Homemade Mommy — This is one of my favorites. Sometimes I have it when I’m NOT sick… you know, for immune boosting. 😉

8 Immune System Building Drinks from Simple Pure Beauty

Cold & Flu Tea from Fabulous Farm Girl

Natural Remedy for the Common Cold from Montana Homesteader

Pepperup Potion from Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers (that’s me!)

Homemade Pedialyte from The Easy Homestead — SO much better (and cheaper!) than the store-bought stuff. Plus you can save yourself a trip to the store with a sick little one.

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photo credit: Herbal Academy of New England

My Throat Hurts: Sore Throat & Cough Remedies 

7 Easy Sore Throat Remedies from Common Sense Homesteading

Natural Cold, Flu & Sore Throat Remedy from Bexz Life

Natural Remedies for Strep Throat from Holistic Squid

Herbal Cough Syrup from Pixie’s Pocket

DIY Herbal Honey Cough Drops from My Healthy Green Family

My Nose is Stuffy: Natural Decongestants

Breathe Easier with a Decongesting Herbal Salt Steam from Herbal Academy of New England

Decongestant Rub from The Homesteading Hippy

Miracle Vapor Rub from Fabulous Farm Girl

Vapor Relief Bath Salts from Fabulous Farm Girl

Healing from the Garden

10 Healing Herbs from Homespun Seasonal Living

Must Have, Must Grow Medicinal Herbs from Homestead Lady

Herbal Antibiotics from Commonsense Homesteading

Hardy Medicinal Herbs for Your Homestead from Joybilee Farm


Grandma Knows Best: Healing Soup

Creamy Roasted Garlic and Chicken Soup from Happy Healthnut — TONS of garlic, plus good bone broth and yummy veggies; this is sure to make you feel better!

Ancient Moroccan Soup to Cure Cold or Flu from Lady Lee’s Home

Mama’s Chicken Soup: The Cure for Everything Except Death from Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers (that’s me!)

Even More Natural Remedies for Colds and Flu

30 Homemade, Natural Cold & Flu Remedies from Girl Meets Nourishment

40 + Home Remedies for Colds and Flu from Nourishing Herbalist

You may have noticed that many of these links came from the Herbal Academy of New England. That is because they are awesome. If you are interested in taking your interest in herbs to the next level, I suggest looking into their classes and programs.

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And now…

Quote of the Week

Approximately daily, I post quotes on my Facebook Page. The quote with the most likes, shares, and comments will become the Quote of the Week. Be sure to “like” my page so you don’t miss any, and so you can make your favorites known!

This week’s quote was very popular! Not that I’m surprised… the sentiment certainly resonates with me!

Quote of the Week // My Week on Wednesday (1-21-15) // Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers


Thank you for joining me for My Week on WednesdayTell me, what did you do this week? I’d love to hear!

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Looking for Natural Remedies for Colds and Flu? Check out this great list from Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

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28 Responses to My Week on Wednesday and Natural Cold and Flu Remedies

  1. What a treasure trove of remedies for every type of person, cold and flu! Thanks for compiling this list, and including Letters from Sunnybrook. Sharing this with my readers as well.

  2. heather says:

    awesome collection!!! thanks for putting this together!

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  4. Hi Christine,

    This is one of the most comprehensive posts on natural cold and flu remedies that I have encountered. What a wonderful resource. I am pinning and sharing this. All the best, Deborah

  5. Valerie says:

    I so needed this post for the last 2 weeks. Loved it. We’ve been struggling with the flu since before Christmas and I think have finally knocked it.
    Thanks for sharing at Simple Saturdays.

    Hugs from Oklahoma,

    Cottage Making Mommy

  6. Carol says:

    Thank you so much for this wonderful list. I had many of these, but many are new to me.
    Just FYI: Fire Cider was created by Rosemary Gladstar, founder of Mountain Rose Herbs , where I get all my ingredients for making wonderful things like in all of these recipes.
    I make Fire Cider regularly, and it is GREAT stuff! I even use it on pasta, rice and on salads because it is so good! I use the ‘remains’ after blending up, in soups to give them an extra kick and make them even more healthful.

    • onceuponatimeinabedofwildflowers says:

      Thank you for your comment! I am sure that there are as many recipes for fire cider (or something like it) as there are people who make it! And, yes, I recommend that anyone who is interested in more fire cider options should be sure to check out the recipe from Mountain Rose herbs. 🙂

  7. Jendi says:

    Hope you are all feeling better!
    Thanks for sharing all of these resources.

  8. Wow! What a great round up. I’m pinning this to refer back to. Thanks for including our anti-microbial spray. It’s something new we’ve added to our protocol this year.

  9. Lynda Hardy says:

    I am all about the ‘Irish Cure’ but it’s good to have some back up ideas! lol Thanks so much for linking up to Awesome Life Friday – I hope we’ll see you again this week.

  10. Raia says:

    Love this post! I’m featuring it at this weekend’s Savoring Saturdays party – hope you’ll stop by again, Christine! 🙂

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  12. Thanks so much for linking up to Savoring Saturdays! Your post is amazing and I featured it on my blog this week! Hope to see you again this weekend!

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  14. Thanks for sharing with us at Simple Lives Thursday; hope to see you again this week.

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  16. Lindsey says:

    Awesome round-up! So many great resources here. Thanks for sharing this with the Homestead Blog Hop!

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  20. LOL, the Irish cure sounds like the most fun! Thanks for submitting to the HomeAcre hop. Heidi @ Pint Size Farm

  21. Awesome collection! I’ve pinned it to my Health & Wellness board. I found your listing on UrbanNaturale’s blog hop #52. Be well! =)

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