As we are in the thick of Autumn, cold season seems to come around. I think it has to do with people being stressed in anticipation for the holidays around the corner and everything that needs to be done before then, that people catch viruses. Unfortunately we were some of those people. This weekend we have been fighting a cold and still are. In our case I think we got sick because Thomas and I have been trying to get a lot of little things done around the house which kind of has been overwhelming.

I believe in natural medicine and using plants to medicate versus synthetic over the counter drugs. “Plants are the people’s medicine” as the herbalist Susun Weed says and I really agree with this. They are so many health benefits that can be found in plants and herbs. I have a library of books, including many on natural medicine. I browsed through my books and in Natural Remedies by Reader’s Digest I came across a recipe for a cold remedy decoction to help with the symptoms of having a cold.


Cold Remedy Decoction

(Enough for two small cups or one large one)

– 1 inch of peeled and sliced fresh ginger root
– 10 cloves
– 6 cinnamon sticks
– 2 teaspoons of coriander seeds
– 1 tablespoon of honey
– Juice of one lemon
– 2 cups of filtered water

Honestly you could easily throw these together without having to measure everything and I’m sure you could substitute ground and dry ingredients if you can’t find or don’t have fresh ones on hand. We try to use organic ingredients whenever and as much as possible. The recipe was really simple to make, tasted wonderful and I felt good knowing I was using plants versus using unnatural medicines to combat our cold! Next time I make this I will probably double this recipe so there is even more to enjoy.

Only six ingredients needed: lemon, honey, cinnamon, cloves, coriander, and ginger root.
Slice the ginger root.
Coriander seeds, the leaves are called cilantro and both are full of lots of antioxidants.
Organic raw honey is so good.

Put all of the ingredients in a pot and bring them to a boil. Then bring it to a simmer for 15 minutes. After this you are going to want to strain the ingredients and pour the decoction into a container. I used a mason jar and then poured them into our mugs.

Let the ingredients simmer for 15 minutes.

Then pour into your mugs and enjoy! It was warm, fragrant, sour and spicy. It tasted wonderful! It definitely felt healing to drink this decoction. I definitely want to try to make more of this yummy cold remedy until we get better.

In addition, I like to take tinctures, which are extracts of a plant that are soaked in alcohol. Susun Weed, a wonderful herbalists recommends Yarrow Tincture when fighting colds, among other things. We only had a little bit left of our Yarrow tincture so when Thomas was at our local Sprouts Market he couldn’t find any but instead he got Rapid Immune Boost tincture that has Yarrow, Echinacea root, Goldenseal rhizome, Horseradish root, Black Elderberry, Ginger rhizome, Osha root, Yerba Santa leaf and Wild Indigo root.

I hope this new tincture will help decrease the amount of time we have our cold. Apple Cider Vinegar is another thing that we are constantly drinking in our water when we are under the weather.

How about you? What do you make or take to prevent colds or from getting sick?