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!

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