Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Natural Cold Remedies for the Wimpy Sick Person

I can't stand getting sick, not even the sniffles, which is why I'm chock full of natural cold remedies for the wimpy sick person, said wimp being myself. So if you're wondering what an herbalist would do when a cold starts to come on, I can tell you from personal experience: First I cry a little. Whining is good, perhaps to those nearest and dearest, but not so much they do the eye-roll thing. Eye rolling is never well received by sick wimps.

Last night I woke up around 1 a.m. with a sore throat and no one to whine at, so I dragged myself out of bed and grabbed the echinacea tincture, something I never go without. I know some people say echinacea isn't really a cold and flu thing, but it does boost the immune system, and I've had it work wonders. And yes, its biggest remedy use in the past was for poisonous snake bites, etc., but hey, most plants have more uses than we know. And I don't hang out with poisonous snakes. Let's stretch here.

This morning I grabbed a lemon and squeezed (squoze? I like squoze better, even if it's wrong) half that baby in a glass of water, gulped, then drank the other half about an hour later. I'll keep doing that all day. I never, ever, ever commit the unpardonable citrus sin, which is to buy one of those silly plastic lemons and use that instead. Number 1: It tastes gross. Number 2: It's stored in plastic, and I'm an undeniable anti-plastic snob. Number 3: They add citric acid as a preservative and occasionally other stuff too. Squeezing a real lemon isn't much work, even in my sickened condition.

For lunch, I'm going to partake of a large bowl of vegetarian chili, which (how providential) I cooked just yesterday. I'll be adding lots of crushed red pepper to mine, which will help that sore throat and any aches and pains.

Tea? Of course. Chamomile with honey, perhaps a cup of peppermint, a spot of ginger. All good choices.

I'll also enjoy a nice big green smoothie made of fresh spinach, cranberries (which I freeze by the bagful during the holidays), and orange juice.

More echinacea, more lemon, more tea. Blah, blah, blah. By tomorrow, I may not even have the right to whine anymore.

Oh, and lest I forget, everyone in the household will receive the same treatment, sick or not. My natural cold remedies aren't just for this wimpy sick person, it's the right preventative for everyone that has to put up with me.


  1. Oh, how I hate being sick! Sounds like you've got it under control though!

    Mary Ann Loesch

  2. Adding up your intake of water can melt the mucus in your nose and make it easier to blow out. Make sure you consume 8 to 10 glasses of water in one day.