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Grandma's home remedies

Remedies are very popular because they work. Best of all, you can relieve annoying symptoms such as runny nose and cough in a natural way. Most ingredients such as onions, vinegar and salt, we usually always have at home because they are the basic ingredients of everyday cooking. Why waste money on buying chemicals at the pharmacy, try it with the following home remedies:


Inhalation is a very good remedy against a runny nose, coughs, and hoarseness. To do this, add a few drops of chamomile oil and or Eucalyptus to a pot of hot water that has just finish boiling or pour into a bowl over boiling water. Use caution. Then just keep your head over the steam, cover with a towel and inhale the vapors. Please make sure to close your eyes to avoid irritation. The moist heat causes mucus in the bronchi and sinuses. Instead of the oil you can use a tablespoon of medicinal quality thyme or chamomile flowers.


Tea made from elderflowers, peppermint and ginger has a particularly beneficial effect on the inflamed throat and also reduces fever. Brew your batch. In addition three to four slices of ginger can be added to the brew. For a calming and antibacterial effect hyssop tea may be drank.

Ginger Tea

Ginger has a warming effect and triggers therapeutic sweating. The inconspicuous root contains the pungent shogaols and relieves cough. In addition, ginger has a slight antibacterial effect against colds and helps with sore throat and chills. When experiencing a cold, drink ginger tea every three to four hours. Take three slices of ginger in hot water for a total of 10 minutes.

Heated Mustard Bath

Heated mustard baths help to correct colds. Above all, colds and headaches are relieved. 150 to 200 grams of mustard may be added in warm water to relax. The bath duration: 10 to 15 minutes. As soon as it tingles on the skin, you'd better get out of the tub. Be sure to rinse the remains of the mustard thoroughly with warm water. In the morning and evening, a mustard foot bath can be taken. To do this, stir in three tablespoons of mustard powder, pour three liters of hot water in a designated foot bath tub or sturdy plastic bowl. If the comfort temperature of heat is reached, bathe your feet in it for about ten minutes. Cover the head with a towel, this increases the heat in the head and body. When bath duration is over, rinse feet thoroughly with warm water.

Vinegar Wraps

A Vinegar Wrap is used traditionally with a fever. For a liter or 33 ounces of cold water add a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar (try to obtain organic apple cider vinegar, Trader Joes has a reasonably priced bottle), soak towels with this solution, and wrap around the calves. Remove the towel as soon it has warmed to body temperature. Three to four procedures will usually suffice to bring the body back.

Quark Poultice

Quark Poultice (Farmer cheese polutice), this is another remedy I learned from my friend from Bavaria. It relieves sore throats and helps with hoarseness. For the cold (not refrigerator cold) layer curd a quarter inch thick on a compress and wrap from the sides. Place the package containing the single-layer side of the neck. You can remove the wrap about 15 minutes later - or until the curd has dried. Quark or Topfen is the German and Austrian name for Farmer Cheese. Check your local Mom & Pop, Russian or Amish shops for Farmer Cheese. American Cottage cheese is not the same.

Onion Juice

Onion Juice may loosen up tenacious mucus in the bronchi. For every 100 grams of chopped onions and rock candy, honey, or raw agave, boil until the sugar dissolves. Allow to cool then strain the juice. Take a tablespoon daily.

Chicken Soup

Chicken Soup is said to have a well-being and anti-inflammatory effect. A U.S. study confirms that the ingredients of the soup have a antibacterial effect and increases the body temperature. Therefore, and, suggested, a homemade chicken soup (not from a can) or vegetable soup with chopped vegetables such as leeks, carrots and celery and bay leaves, juniper berries and parsley in enough vegetable broth to simmer for a half hour. Then serve.

Nasal Irrigation

A nasal irrigation technique with salt relieves runny nose, because it promotes nasal decongestant. Mix up to nine grams of salt, preferably sea, rock, or crystal salt, to one liter or 33 ounces of boiled water. Lean over a sink or basin and pour a small amount of the nasal solution in one nostril letting the liquid reach the second nostril. A spray bottle may be purchased to gently spray up the nostrils. Try sniffing to move solution around and about. A commercially made nasal spray may be purchase as well.

Swedish Bitter

Lastly, Swedish Bitter, a common tincture used since the middle ages can be used for colds and fevers. 1 tablespoon is to be given internally. For external, use a compress over inflamed throat to address complaints of sore and hoarseness. To read more about Swedish Bitter see here.