Flu season was particularly terrible for me last year and it was a pain being congested and miserable while trying to get my daily routines going. So, I wanted to search for some natural home remedies that I could use for the whole family to alleviate the inevitable cold and flu season when next it rolled around. Now your girl here tends to gravitate towards anything that can spare me and the kids from taking medicine, so I whipped out the old tried and true recipes that my mom used to make for us when we felt poorly. My siblings and I still laugh about all the remedies mommy had that included things like weight loss home remedies, home remedies for joint pain relief and the kicker was, she even had home remedies for sleep paralysis! But I digress, and I am now an adult and actively seeking to try out my mom’s care plan for the cold and flu season. There will be no more laughing at my mom thank you very much!
So, the first one I found was the shower bomb! Basically, you mix together 2 cups of baking soda, 1 cup of citric acid and 1 tsp of eucalyptus oil (I increased my oil to a tablespoon) and you mix it all together, next add some witch hazel until it sticks and press into small molds then let it dry for about 24 hours. To use just place one on the floor of the shower and turn on the warm water and pure heaven! The second one I loved was the tea for sore throats- omg so, so good! The best part was it only incorporated some coconut oil, honey and some lemon juice- mix these on the stove over a low heat and then pour into a small mason jar (refrigerate when not in use) and use to quell your coughing and soothe your sore throat. My final choice was the heating pad for my achy joints and you only need an old clean sock, some rice, and a working microwave. Fill the sock with rice and place it in your microwave with a bowl of water (to keep the sock from burning) for 1 minute and folks you have an instant heating pad!
Now for all the naysayers, I want to say to anyone reading this, that washing your hands and wearing the right clothing for the weather really helps your chances in avoiding the flu, these home remedies are not meant to save the world but rather to help you through when or if you get sick.
Get your self a nice bowl and add about 2 cups of baking soda. | home remedies for nasal congestion.
Mix in a cup of citric acid to the baking soda. | home remedies for the cold.
I feel like the amount of Eucalyptus oil you use is entirely up to what you can handle. | home remedies for sinus.
I used witch hazel to keep all the ingredients together. | old home remedies for colds.
This is me squeezing and massaging the ingredients together.
Grab some cute molds and press them in to make fun shapes!
After letting it dry for 24 hours, it was ready to be used in the shower.
We don’t need to be in England to drink tea ok!
Some coconut oil melted over a low heat.
After you add the honey to the coconut oil and lemon juice, you stir until you get a nice thick consistency.
Heating pad made with an old sock and some rice!
After you pour the rice into the sock, make a nice knot to keep it from falling out.
To use, fill a glass jar with some water first.
Place them both into the microwave side by side.
Remove from microwave and apply to aching muscles!