The Green Pharmacy: Natural Remedies for the Common Cold

history-naturopathyby Týra Alrune Sahsnotasvriunt, Aug. 2014

If you are amongst those who do not want to support the pharmaceutical mafia and their puppets’ – “orthodox doctors” – and their twisted agenda, struggle with the countless side-effects of “conventional” medicine and would like to treat your common cold with natural remedies without side-effects or destroying your whole immune system in the process then these recipes might be interesting for you:

Horseradish Cough Syrup



1 piece of horseradish root (approx. 20-30g)
150g of organic honey


1 potato peeler
1 grater
1 dark bottle (250ml)
1 marmalade jar
1 tea sieve


Peel horseradish root and roughly grate it. Pour honey and horseradish into an empty and cleaned marmalade jar and place it in a warm spot overnight.
Pour blend through a tea sieve into a dark bottle.


3x a day 1 tea spoon full of horseradish cough syrup.


Lasts up to 6 days! Because it is rather spicy I recommend not giving this cough syrup to children. If you are looking for a great childrens cough syrup try the elderberry-honey one.

This works great with onions too. Chop up two small white onions, add 3 teaspoons full of honey, cover with water, let sit in fridge for 1-2 hrs. Just beware that your breath will stink (so if you continue to go to work this might not be the best solution) and no, it does not taste well. However, I personally find the onion-honey cough syrup to be the most effective one.

Thyme Tea


Drink thyme tea 3 times a day. Either from pre-packaged teabags or best from fresh or dried thyme leaves. Add a spoonful of Propolis- or Gelee Royale-honey. This is going to work wonders on your lungs, no matter whether you only caught a cold or bronchitis.


Pelargonium reniforme/sidoides

If Umckaloabo (Pelargonium Sidoides native to South Africa) is available in your country, definitely go for it. It is a miracle solution that is both anti-bacterial as well as anti-viral. It works against sinusitis and tonsillitis, influenza, bronchitis and the common cold.

Sea Salt Nose Spray


4.5g sea salt
6 drops of Calendula mother tincture (“original tincture”)


1 large glass, bowl or mug
1 spoon
1 small funnel
1 nose spray bottle (approx. 20ml)


Dissolve sea salt in 500ml boiling water. You will need less than 500ml spray, but it is easier to measure the ingredients this way with a regular scale. Stir until all salt crystals have been dissolved.
Fill salt water and Calendula mother tincture into nose spray bottle.


Lasts up to a week. Suitable for infants and children as well.

Eucalyptus Inhalation


Warning: If you have asthma, COPD or any other kind of pulmonary disease talk to your naturopath or healing practitioner before inhaling!!! Some people with asthma respond very well to inhaling, but for others it might worsen the symptoms considerably. Don’t put yourself in danger by experimenting without consulting a trained healer first.

You can inhale with only Eucalyptus oil or mix a few other useful and powerful essential oils in:


2ml essential Eucalyptus oil
3ml essential Mountain Pine oil)
5ml essential Cajeput oil


1 small measuring cup
1 small funnel
1 dark pipette bottle
1 inhaler or one large bowl or pot
1 large towel


Fill all essential oils together into the pipette bottle, shake/mix well. To inhale add 6-8 drops (3-4 for children) to 1 liter of boiling water.
Inhale 3x a day for about 5-10 minutes.


Take small breaks from inhaling and if you are letting your children inhale monitor them at all times. – The steam is incredibly hot and if you inhale too quickly and too deeply while the water is still boiling hot it might cause more harm than good.

All utensils should be made of stainless steel, glass (or wood). Try to avoid plastic, silicone and especially aluminum as much as possible. (Not to say at all costs.)

Apple Vinegar & Sage Gargling Solution



100ml apple vinegar
300ml cooled off sage tea (from fresh or dried leaves if possible!)
10 drops of essential tea tree oil


1 measuring cup and/or carafe


Fill apple vinegar, sage tea and tea tree oil into the carafe and stir or shake well.


Gargle hourly within the first three days, gargle 3x a day afterwards if you still have a mild throat ache.


Lasts approx. 2 days.

Of course you can also gargle with a Propolis mother tincture solution. (I personally use the one without alcohol.) Or just plain old salt water.

Propolis Globules


Ask your homeopath or naturopath which strength globules (D6, 12, C200 etc…) you should take with your specific kind of infection. If I have a cold or bronchitis I personally start out with five D6 globules every hour on the first day. On the second day I will take five globules every two hours. From the third day on I will take 5 globules 3x a day half an hour before or after meals.

Vitamin C

bell pepper

I can only recommend you to stay away from synthetic ascorbic acid! Its structure is different from natural ascorbic acid and is not good for the human body.

Now, you will find Vitamin C in a plethora of fruit and vegetables. Most people go for citrus fruits like oranges, grapefruit and lemon immediately. However, bell pepper (yellow, then red and green) is much more potent and so are guavas, kale, kiwi, broccoli and berries. Also high in Vitamin C – but less so than citrus fruits – are tomatoes, peas and papaya.

If you are allergic to citrus fruits or lemon gives you stomach issues try squeezing the juice of a grapefruit, adding 250ml boiling water and 2 teaspoons full of honey.

Limb Pain Tea

This tea is great for the forebearers of a cold or flu – limb pains and muscle aches.


50g dried meadowsweet
50g dried elderberries
50g dried lime-blossoms


1 small sieve
1 thermos
1 tea caddy


Pour 300ml of boiling water over 1 teaspoon full of the herbal blend. Let steep for approx. 10 minutes. Add honey if you like. Drink at least 1l a day.

Onion or Lemon Compresses

onion lemon

I use onion compresses for the chest (and alternately for the feet, but that is mainly just for a general detox and not specifically for a cold). I also sleep with one or two freshly chopped onions next to my bed when I caught a cold or bronchitis.

Lemon compresses are for the throat. Only use fresh lemons, no limes. Wash the lemon(s) and cut into approx. 1.5-2cm thick slices. Place lemons onto a kitchen towel or scarf (maybe not exactly your favorite one; the acid from the lemon might have a bleaching effect when you wash the scarf later on). Press your hands onto the lemon compress before applying, so that the lemon juice will moisten the scarf/kitchen towel.
Take off compress after an hour. May only be used once!

Undoubtedly, there are plenty of other great remedies such as garlic soup (not for everyone, I know…) but these are the most potent ones that have proven to work well for generations of my family. So all there is left to say is: get better soon!

An Introduction to Crystals & Crystal Healing

crystals_healingwritten and copyrighted by Týra Alrune Sahsnotasvriunt

Originating in the womb of Mother Jord, from deep inside the Earth, crystals are the keys to her living energy and ultimately keys to align ourselves with our Mother again.
Each crystal represents different aspects of her, vibrates on a different frequency and – just like a regular key – only unlocks specific doors.
Crystals are used to activate the own inert healing energies in peoples’ or animals’ bodies, minds and spirits, in meditation, for protection, to purify water, your home, workspace or even yourself, to help channel the right energies in rituals as well as dozens of other things.


Finding the right Healing Crystal

Now, the term “healing with crystals” is actually quite misleading. Like most things in nature they themselves do not heal, they activate our own inert healing energies by helping us realign with (our own) nature.
Our own energies or life spirit may stop flowing and pulsing steadily or completely the more our Chakras are clogged. The latter may happen because of stress, the usual troubles that come with living in such an unnatural society as ours today or actual physical illness for example. Although the latter is not as common as school medicine will have you believe, most illnesses are psychosomatic in nature, a fact that luckily healers, homeopaths, naturopaths do not neglect to the contrary of “orthodox” medicals. (On a side note: The term “orthodox” appears rather strange, considering that “alternative” healing has existed for fare more centuries with less of a death-quota than “orthodox” medicine!)


Unfortunately, it has become popular to advise people to just pick any crystal they feel is the right one for them and their specific problem. Especially in New Age the emphasis is on emotions and whims, rather than based on actual (Pagan) knowledge as acquired over the centuries and a holistic approach in which emotion (spirit/soul) is included, but not the foundation of healing.
You cannot do harm by using a crystal vibrating on a completely different level than what you would require to activate your healing energies, but you could as well pick a glas pearl or plastic stone – it will simply not do anything in terms of solving your problem.


There are several things to observe before Crystal Healing may occur:
In order to learn to reliable identify the source of your being unwell I strongly recommend acquiring not one but several reliable books on Crystals, Crystal Healing and Chakras. Study them and experiment with crystals, lower and higher frequency crystals and crystal combinations yourself on a regular basis. If you are a witch or Wiccan you may write your observations down in your Book of Shadows, as a Pagan or Heathen do keep some kind of written record of your experiences.
In other words it helps if you don’t only check your private library every once in a blue moon when you are actually ill or unwell.
Frequent study will give you more security in identifying the remedy required and trust in your choice.
You may find that one author suggests the Amethyst to regain clarity while another recommends Rock Crystal and get confused or start doubting your choice once you picked a stone. (Self-)Doubt does not have any one particular frequency, doubt vibrates on all frequencies, blocking you further and inhibiting the activation of your healing powers.
But if you knew that the Amethyst (Greek ametusthos: “not intoxicated”) was especially helpful in assisting you regain clarity in the matters concerning the mind, that it helps still the mind and keep outer influences or energies at bay (and in that way connects you to your higher/true self as well) then maybe you could already make an informed choice. Even the better if you knew the legend of this stone in different cultures, especially the Greek one appears to be of significance here.
On the other hand Rock Crystal, a “cold” stone, rigid-looking as ice, is the symbol of chastity, purity of thoughts, innocence, modesty and fidelity and may help reduce stress caused by brooding as well as help reduce headaches, migraine, fevers (on a side-note it does quite a lot of other things not related to the mind/clarity as well). In this context it would be easy to discern between the different kinds of clarity and choose the crystal right for your uses.
If you were a student seeking help with concentration, Amethyst would be the way to go, and I recommend combining it with Rainbow Fluoride. Keep them both on your desk and in your book back close to your study material! Meditate with them resting on your crown or third eye Chakra, use them in a ritual, rededicating yourself to your purpose.


I hope this illustrated nicely that if a friend tells you they need help with concentration simply just throwing a list of crystal suggestions out there doesn’t do the trick. You wouldn’t go to a doctor and accept several prescriptions for random potent chemicals (“medication”), hoping that one might do the trick with your actual problem, would you? You can’t just google a symptom and throw a few crystals at it. You have to understand your symptoms, what caused them, which specific physical challenges it might also cause, what your desired outcome is, etc, etc…


This was a rather simple example in that it only pertained to one level, the mind. However, the more your Chakras, Meridians or energy points are clogged the more overwhelming on an emotional and even physical level your problem or illness may become.
So. If your psychosomatic problem is already physically perceptible you will have to treat it on more than one level.
For example: Let’s assume you have a very demanding job, you have to swallow your replies when dealing with customer complaints or your boss, maybe you have to be unusually diplomatic on a regular basis. –
In that case the energy of the unsaid words may remain in the body, the frustration of not having been able to be honest and speak them may turn into frustration and the words, the energy of the words, get stuck in your throat (Chakra). (Please note that this is just an example, different people react to stress with different symptoms of course.)
Now you have a pressing throat-ache, frog in your throat, a constricted feeling around your neck. If you ignore this long enough you may have to deal with psychosomatic (“stress-related”) asthma attacks, you might find yourself getting colds or bronchitis more frequently and chances are that the unreleased energy will keep building and then spreading to the other Chakras, clogging you completely and causing you severe chronic illness.


If you do not listen to your spirit and mind, then your body will tell you exactly what is wrong, and it will increase the pressure for you to act by giving you more and more alarm signals. This is, essentially, a beautiful thing if you think about it.
There are different methods on where to place the Crystals. Some place them on the according Chakra, on the body part that hurts, some just meditate over them, and so forth. In this case what feels right is exactly what is right (for you).

If your health problems have either become severe on a physical level or are solely physical in nature I think it ought to be “crystal clear” *wink wink* that working with crystals, gems and stones alone will not be the answer here!
There are many ways of healing and luckily many can be combined. However, some are embedded so deeply into cultural traditions that it would be energetically unwise to separate them or unwittingly combine them with others. (This is true for Magic also.)
Crystals, on the other hand, are a global phenomenon and they were known and used in every ancient culture, so combining them with other forms of healing such as (either) homeopathy, acupuncture, acupressure, Meridian therapy, Chakra healing, Schüssler salts, Bachblüten therapy or naturopathy (herbs, essential oils, teas) in general work very well empirically.

ucs1Crystals Colors

If you have identified the right stone for your current problem you may get confused that it comes in different colors or rather types. Tourmaline is such a crystal. Generally speaking it helps with change. A black Tourmaline deflects negative energy (protective) and helps you focus on the positive aspects of the change, a green one may stabilize your emotions during this turbulent time, the different kinds of red Tourmaline all work in different ways in terms of change as well.

Keeping your Crystals vitalized

After obtaining a crystal, either by buying it, finding it or having received it as a gift, you should clean it immediately.
Just as the crystal’s energies can cause a reaction in you, it works the other way around as well. Crystals take on the general life energy of the person using or touching it, that counts for both positive as well as negative, healthy and sick energy. For them to “work as new” they need to be cleaned before use.


Now, there’s a lot of hysteria regarding lending your crystals to others, which mainly derives from uninformed New Age superstition. – Anything (!) alive in this universe can be cleansed and restored to its original state again, energetically and spiritually speaking. From person to situation to object, anything can be “healed” and be returned to its original spiritual state. And that is after all, how Crystals themselves work, on a spiritual level. They may cause physical or emotional reactions as a chain reaction to activating your inner healer, to reawakening your spirit and reconnecting you to Mother Earth. They are essentially a spiritual tool.
Now granted, I personally wouldn’t lend my Crystals to someone I dislike, but that is less of a spiritual and more of a psychological thing, because knowing this person touched “my” Crystals would make me feel uncomfortable and probably always remain in the back of my head. Which would in turn not be very conductive to my own Crystal work.
If you go to a healer check if he/she actually really cleaned the Crystals! Some healers clean them in front of their charges, which is probably the best option. Especially the gentler ways of healing attract many charlatans for some reason and inexperienced people may fall for their routines.


There are different ways of cleaning your Crystal and revitalizing it. The simplest probably being rinsing it under luke-warm to slightly cool water. Knowing when the crystal has been rinsed of excess/foreign energies is another matter of experience.
I personally can hear the vibration of the crystal. One with a lot of foreign energies clinging to it sounds “heavy”, it is a dark-pitched tone/hum/vibration. The cleaner and ultimately cleaner the crystals gets, the higher-pitched its vibration. Whereas – again – different stones have different vibrations, so an Obsidian has a different “tone” than rose quartz for example. It all depends on experience.
This is also why I recommend rinsing crystals one by one and not in bulks!
Maybe you will not hear a tone or the vibrations but find a different way of knowing when your crystals are clean.
New Agers and non-Pagans sometimes resort to a lot of hocus pocus in order to find out whether the crystal is really clean such as consulting the pendulum or the Tarot for every single crystal cleaned. While I’m a fan of different Oracle Cards as a way to tickle your subconscious and lure it forth into consciousness and show tendencies rather than the future, my personal opinion is that consulting them in this case is – mildly put – overdoing it. To each their own though…
If a Crystal breaks during or after rinsing, do not use the broken parts anymore. Dispose of them (in gratitude). It is not just the Crystal that is broken (“dead”), but the energy. Nothing lasts forever, don’t force it, just buy a new Crystal.
There are different opinions on this, but I only clean my Crystals when I need them nowadays. Otherwise the high and mixed energy of the Crystals can get intense, depending on the size of one’s collection. You, your family or pets might suddenly appear like they have ADHD and have trouble falling or staying asleep, because of all the great positive energy coursing through your house.


A friend of mine doesn’t just protect her house but spiritually cleans it every week, which includes all items in the house. Another friend says she can’t raise enough energy in order to do that, protecting and shielding is all she can do, the rest – like cleaning crystals – she has to do manually. My point is: don’t think you are less powerful than someone who can raise more energy of a certain type; you are your unique Gods-created self and have different talents and abilities. There is a reason the Gods gave us each the set of skills, abilities and interests they did. Don’t try to be someone else, just go with your flow.
If you are amongst those that prefer to clean their Crystals regularly for religious, spiritual reason or because you use them frequently I recommend keeping your collection in an energy-blocking box and out of your bedroom. I sometimes put one or two Crystals on my bedside table when I have trouble sleeping, but this is a deliberate choice with specific energies, so still a big difference.


Except for rinsing them under running water you can also clean and charge your Crystals with the light of the full moon. Keep them on the windowsill during the three nights of pre-, full and post full moon. During the day, wrap them in a cloth and keep them from the sun.

You may choose to put your Crystals in a bowl of salt water (approx. 3 tea spoons to a quart work well for me personally usually, depending on the size of the Crystal) and let them sit for 3-9 hours. On the contrary to the rinsing technique you can put several crystals into the salt water.



You can energize your plants with Crystals, but to be quite frank with you, I do not possess enough qualified knowledge on the exact techniques or how-to’s. I am not good with potted plants, have none at home and thus have no idea how to energize them hence.


You cannot only energize drinking water but also bath water for example. Please note that Crystals do not clean physically contaminated water! They do not kill off germs and bacteria. Let’s remember that Crystals help unclog and boost natural energy, they are not disinfectants or have the same effect such as chemicals (“medicine”). They have no “killing” properties.
In order to energize water leave the Crystal(s) in it for 3-9 hours.


You can meditate over a Crystal, meaning if you have read about it, try to see, feel and be the Crystal, try to understand it inside out, hold an image of it in your inner eye or stare at it while trying to connect with it.
If you are meditating in combination with Chakra-clearing you may place a Crystal on the according Chakra and meditate until you move on to the next.
You may build a little circle of Crystals around you or find a different way that works for you.

Rituals and Magic


Some people use Crystals instead of Candles in order to mark their Sacred Circle or they use them to motivate certain energies, elementals, deities to come aid them in their magical work. Some just use a Crystal instead of a bowl of earth or salt to represent the element of earth.

I’m sure there are several other ways of using Crystals I haven’t even thought of right now or that I either don’t know or just don’t personally appreciate. This was only a short introduction and I recommend not relying on my personal experiences and opinions solely. My tradition is of course influencing my views and methods and if you follow a different path you might also need to focus on different things. I can’t stress this enough: read, read, read and practice makes perfect!

The Lenormand Cards – #6 The Clouds

Lenormand #006 The Cloudswritten by and copyrighted by Týra Alrune Sahsnotasvriunt

Key words:
blockage, hindrance, obstacles, throwback, an ex, old man, rain/storm (also metaphorically)

General description:
The Clouds-card has one light and one dark side. In case its light side is juxtaposed to a person card (man, woman, snake, bear, dog, etc…), an object card (book, house, etc…) or a subject card (clover, stars, etc…), hindrances are going to be removed. In case the dark side is adjacent to a person, subject or object card these hindrances are going to persist a while longer. For example: If the dark side of the cards points to the letter card, a message, letter, e-mail or other may have gotten lost or been forgotten, it might be necessary to take action then.


If you picked the Clover in for your Daily Tendency Card:
Sit back and relax, this is not the time for decisions or life-altering changes.

Dark side of the clouds: If you are in a relationship you might be going through a rough patch. If you just met someone, this person is most likely not the right person for you and/or might be dishonest with you.


Dark side of the clouds: Bullying and bossing, setbacks at work (maybe your co-worker got the promotion you’d counted on?), pay cuts, etc…

Generally: Your health is at stake or is getting considerably worse. Inhale an infusion of essential oils, work with compresses or put a warm damp cloth with herbal tincture on your stressed skin.
Specifically: It is possible that you might catch a cold, bronchitis or suffer from asthma attacks.

Time Factor:
“long”, persisting, several years


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