Herbal Medicine the Natural Remedies and Cures we have forgotten

By Hellinoos.

Since ancient times, herbs were evaluated for analgesic and healing abilities. Today a rate of about 75% of the drug based on our healing properties of plants. Our societies through the centuries, they developed their own traditions to fail to understand the medicinal plants and their uses. Some of these traditions and medical practices may seem to us bizarre and magical, while some other logical and rational, but all of them are attempts to overcome the disease and the pain and at the very end to improve the quality of life. These, in a nutshell define herbology.

Οὐκ ἐν τῷ πολλῷ τὸ εὖ, ἀλλ᾿ ἐν τῷ εὖ τὸ πολύ. (It’s not the quantity that mater but the quality.) “Ουδέν όφελος εκ των απάντων εστί,εάν το υγιαίνειν και μόνο απή” (What if a man can benefit from all the goods of world, there’s no benefit when his health is absent.) Hippocrates c. 460 BC – c. 370 BC

How to treat colds with natural herbs and remedies

Did you get out of bed with great effort? Do you feel shivering? Does your throat hurt? This is nothing more than the well-established Common Cold, we all catch every once and a while.

The Common Cold is a viral upper respiratory infection, which impairs the immune system and sometimes leads to secondary infections, such as bronchitis. Therefore it is of imminent importance to deal with in its early stages.

The most natural, healthy and economical way to treat it is none other than herbal teas. In this article I will present to you, some natural recipes that will aid you in recovering very quickly.

Nether-less, if you see that the symptoms do not subside in 5-6 days you must visit a doctor. So, let’s begin.

Natural herbs that treat Common Cold


One of the most favorite herbs, it can be found near populated areas all over Europe and temperate Asia, and has been vastly introduced in temperate North America and Australia. It often grows near roads, in large cultivated or uncultivated fields as a weed, since it’s seeds require open soil to survive. Apart from other beneficial properties (antibacterial, soothing, constipation etc) chamomile, is excellent against colds and sore throats.


Boil the flowers of chamomile in water, drain and drink the decoction (extract).


Like chamomile is used most often in cases of flu and colds.


In boiling water, add black tea or mountain tea or whichever tea you prefer (green, white, etc.), strain and drink. If we add and honey it helps soften sore throat.


Science has confirmed that ginger can help fight colds. It is ideal for fever, cough, respiratory congestion and nausea. The spicy flavor is what gives it the soothing and antiseptic properties. You will find it in the form of ointments, capsules, tea or fresh. For more immediate results though, choose fresh ginger (you can find it in supermarkets, farmers markets and health stores), and prepare the drink that will relieve you.


In a cup of boiling water, pour a tablespoon of fresh ginger. Strain it and drink it while it is hot. If you want to soften the flavor you can add a little lemon or honey or both (I personally prefer to mix them up).


If you find breathing through the nose, harassing and difficult, not only by colds and even asthma, the essential oil of eucalyptus can be your salvation. Eucalyptus, is considered to be an important and strong antiseptic and antibiotic. Inhaling eucalyptus vapors can relieve acute and chronic bronchitis, asthma and sore throat. Calms and soothes cough and soothes sore throats and symptoms of dyspnea (Greek & medical word for shortness of breath) and fever. Choose fresh leaves or even essential oil.

Eukalyptus as a decoction:


Boil a cup of water with a few (2-3) eucalyptus leaves. Leave a little and then drain it. Drink it hot or cold and if you desire add lemon and honey.

Eukalyptus as a natural decongestant:


Fill a pot with water up to the middle, pour in fresh eucalyptus leaves and boil it. Just boil then lower it from the heat and after placing a towel on your head breathe vapors. If you have essential oil, take 10-15 drops in boiled water and do the same.


It is widely used to fight colds, and has strong antimicrobial action but also helps in treating runny nose and boosts the immune system. You will find it in various forms, tincture, root, or capsules (tincture is prefferable). You can also take it as a precaution against cold, but always in moderation, as it can cause an increase in white blood cells and impair the immune system.


Boil a cup of water (not boiling hot) and pour a few drops of tincture or half a teaspoon of echinacea. Before drinking it is suggested to gargle with it, to relieve sore throat.

Cinnamon and cloves

The bark of the cinnamon tree contains a fatty chemical, cinnamaldehyde, which is has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties and decreases fever. You can find it in either powder form or sticks although the latter is more preferable.


In a jug of water pour cinnamon sticks and clove pieces and let them boil. Once done, cover it with a lid and leave them on low heat for 15 minutes. When it’s prepared, drink it while it is still hot. You can also add a tablespoon of honey.


This plant with excellent properties can have a preventive effect against influenza and troublesome symptoms such as coughing, runny nose etc. We drink drink thyme to soothe sore throats, coughs and bronchitis. Thyme is effective bronchial anticonvulsant and expectorant and has by far the strongest antibacterial, antimicrobial and antiviral properties. Thyme helps us by not letting a simple sore throat be converted to flu, bronchitis, cough, with such a simple but nevertheless extremely efficient way

Thyme can be consumed in either tea or syrup form

How to make tea out of thyme?


Put a pot of water to boil. As soon as the water reaches it’s boiling point, either add two teaspoons of dried thyme or three teaspoons of fresh one. Then cover the pot well with a lid and leave it as is out of the stove, for ten minutes. Strain and drink, if you desire, you can add honey to your beverage.

How to make syrup out of thyme?


To create the syrup boil-in the same manner as above-two cups water and add a cup thyme. Same as before, cover the pot and let it cool down and after strain it well. After straining, you then add three to four tablespoons of honey, enough to make the syrup as thick as possible. You then can place this mixture in a glass container and put in the fridge. Remember to shake well before each use, and take one tablespoon three times a day.

If we have stuffy nose, phlegm, chest pains we can accompany the above with inhalations of essential oil of thyme (You can find it in pharmacies and health stores).

How do we do it?


It's simple, in a medium to large bowl or a small saucepan pour a liter of boiling water and drip to it, four drops of essential oil of thyme, then lean over the bowl or pot-after covering up your head with a towel to avoid loosing vapor and take deep breaths. Repeat the process for about ten minutes. 

After the inhalations, we relaxes for half an hour at least in a warm and pleasant space.

Instead of essential oil you can also throw to the bowl with hot water, infusion of thyme that you have previously prepared.

One word of caution, when inhaling steam be extremely careful not to scald or burn your face. Something like that is quite unlikely but nonetheless always be careful.


Drastically fights colds, coughs, bronchitis, sore throat and flu.


In about half a liter of water, boil some mint leaves and after straining the juices, drink the decoction.

Dictamnus (Origanum dictamnus) aka (dittany of Crete, Cretan dittany, erontas as Cretans call it and hop majoram.

It is one of the favorite herbs of the Cretans. Besides the many other beneficial properties of (wound healing, antispasmodic, sedative, etc.), the drink of erontas is ideal for colds and sore throats. It is quite rare to find though, however you can search for it in Greek stores and health stores especially stores that sell herbs and spices or organic food stores.


Sage is a herb with a pungent odor and taste. Among other useful properties of the decoction of sage is used against colds and to soothe the annoying symptoms of pharyngitis.


For those brave ones out there who can stand it’s smell, it is ideal for strengthening the immune system and in fighting infections and flu, as it's probably most powerful natural antibiotic there is.


Fresh onion juice zested from a juicer is a powerful expectorant with strong anti-inflammatory action.

Honey and lemon

We drink daily juice from two fresh lemons, where we add two tablespoons of honey and some cinnamon.


Rakomelo is a drink made from Greek raki (a Greek unsweetened hard alcoholic drink, in Turkey it is served with anise) and honey. Depending on your preferences, various herbs (sage, etc.), or spices like cinnamon and cloves can be added . Drink it hot to relieve you from the annoying symptoms of colds and flu. Ideal for coughs and colds. Beware though, drink too much of it and you will get totally blitzed…

Vitamin C

Vitamin C can shield the body at the time the flu spreads. Foods that contain vitamin C, are lemons, oranges, grapefruit, kiwi, peppers, cardamom, strawberries, pineapple, cabbage, celery e.t.c. If there isn’t an article about vitamin C, I’ll perhaps cover this topic later on. For the time being you can Google it.

The importance of fluids in fighting cold

It is essential, when you are sick to drink plenty of fluids in order to replenish the fluids you lose. In a glass of water you can also add fresh orange juice or lemon to benefit from vitamin C, which is essential.

Last but not least some Ayurvedas recommendations for fighting colds:

Tulasi - Latin name: Ocinum Sanctum. Guduchi-Latin name: Tinospora Cordifolia. Vasaka - Latin name: Adhatoda Zeylanica Sunthi (Ginger) - Latin name: Zingiber Officinale Yashti Madhu - Latin name: Glycyrrhiza Glabra

Well that’s about it!!! A big Thank You for reading my article!

Waiting to hear your opinions and suggestions!

Keep yourselves healthy until my next article!!!

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Herbs and plants for the treatment of coughs and sore throats without drugs

By Hellinoos.

Do you, since you caught a cold, cough more than actually talk?

Don’t wary any more since mother nature has gifted us with numerous herbs that aid us in dealing effectively with coughs and sore throats.

These herbs can either be consumed as herbal tea (infused) or as a homemade syrup (I’ll provide you with the recipe later on). Herbs with expectorant and decongestant properties can be combined with each other as a hot infusion which we can consume it as a decoction with a little honey and lemon or even make steam inhalations out of it as it will help us in efficient removal of mucous secretions from the lungs. There are many herbs that can effectively address cough that may be related to various causes such as colds, flu, smoking and diseases such as bronchitis, pharyngitis and inflammation of the larynx.

How to relieve cough directly with alternative and effective ways?

Drink herbal teas

Drink lukewarm chamomile teas. Chamomile has a soothing effect. The same applies to the linden. Even some herbs like eucalyptus, mint, anise and fennel, are antitussives. A beverage of these herbs can relieve you greatly. Another antitussive herb is elm, which forms a protective layer over and soothing of irritated mucous membranes of the throat. Drink hot milk with honey, if the cough is accompanied by pain in the neck.

Make hot steam inhalations

You can put it in boiling water two drops of eucalyptus essential oil. The steam inhalations combined with eucalyptus soften your throat and help remove sputum.

Eat smart

Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables because the vitamin C content helps the immune system. Take a hot soup, if you have a dry cough. The soup has anti-inflammatory action, that can alleviate the irritation of the throat which causes dry cough. Additional nutrients contained in soups, can strengthen the immune system.

Pressure exercises

Pressing fingers on our chest can make us relax and relieve us from coughing. With your middle fingers (both hands) press for a few minutes, the “pits” located under the tabs on the left and right of the sternum (where the bone begins the clavicle).

Visit your doctor if:

You phlegm with blood The phlegm is very thick You persistent dry cough Lasts more than one week Cough accompanied by shortness

Do not take cough medicines without consulting the doctor. If the cough is productive, ie you have phlegm, they must be removed from the organism, and antitussives suppress the cough reflex that removes them.

Things to avoid:

Intense physical exercise Stop smoking completely Avoid talking aimlessly

Did you know?

According to research from the University of Pennsylvania, honey is equally effective in combating coughs of children as the cough medicines sold without prescription. Specifically 2 tsp Honey can reduce the severity and frequency of nighttime cough, as the honey soothes irritated throat.

List of herbs and plants that help to treat cough

Thyme: Expectorant, antispasmodic, antibacterial, antiseptic properties. Can help in treating dry cough, bronchitis, pharyngitis and throat infections.

Ginger: Antibacterial properties. Helps in the treatment of cough, pharyngitis and soothes sore throat.

Eucalyptus: Decongestant, antibacterial properties and immune system enhancement. Treats the symptoms of cough, pharyngitis, bronchitis, asthma and throat infections.

Licorice: Expectorant, anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic properties. Helps in the treatment of cough, bronchitis, pharyngitis and asthma.

Mallow: Has soothing and expectorant properties. Helps in the treatment of dry cough, pharyngitis and treats throat irritation.

Chamomile: Soothing and antibacterial properties. It helps in treating cough and pharyngitis.

Lavender: Antibacterial and soothing properties. It helps in treating cough and pharyngitis.

Sandalwood: Helps in treating cough and pharyngitis.

Elm: Soothing, expectorant and sedative properties. It helps in treating cough and pharyngitis.

Sage: Styptic and tonic properties. Helps reduce pain from sore throats. Can be used in the treatment of symptoms of cough, sore throat, pharyngitis, infections of the mouth and tonsillitis.

Echinacea: Natural antibiotic that enhances the immune system. Can be used for the treatment of cough, asthma, infections of the throat and bronchitis.

Cayenne Pepper: Antibacterial and soothing properties. Helps in the treatment of dry cough and pharyngitis.

Mint: Decongesting and soothing properties. Helps in the treatment of dry cough, pharyngitis and removes mucous secretions from the lungs.

Anise: Expectorant, antispasmodic and sedative properties.

Oregano: Antibacterial and antioxidant properties. Helps treat cough and pharyngitis.

Marjoram: Antibacterial and antioxidant properties. Helps treat cough and pharyngitis.

Rosemary: Antioxidant, Antibacterial, toning and soothing properties. Helps treat cough and pharyngitis.

Garlic: Natural antibiotic with antibacterial, antiseptic and antioxidant properties. Helps in the treatment of dry cough, pharyngitis and bronchitis.

Onion: Antibacterial properties and effective in dry cough.

Spearmint: Decongestant and soothing properties.

Mullein: Has soothing and expectorant properties. It stimulates the lymphatic system and helps treat cough and bronchitis.

Juniper: Steam inhalation with juniper infusion is an excellent remedy for cough, phlegm and cold.

Angelica: The angelica root has expectorant and tonic properties

Calendula: Antibacterial properties. It helps to stimulate the lymphatic system

Valerian: Antispasmodic, expectorant and sedative properties.

Horehound: expectorant, antispasmodic, astringent and decongestant properties.

Lobelia: Expectorant properties that help remove mucous secretions from the lungs. Has been used for the treatment of respiratory diseases such as asthma and chronic bronchitis.

Fennel: Expectorant and antispasmodic properties. Helps removes mucous secretions from the lungs, and has been used in dry cough, bronchitis and asthma.

Elder: Decongestant, antibacterial properties and immune system enhancement. It is used for the treatment of coughs and sore throats

Fenugreek: Expectorant and decongestant properties. Has been used for the removal of mucus or phlegm and in treating asthma. Eliminates toxic waste from the lymphatic system such as mucus secretions.

Honeysuckle: The flowers of honeysuckle help in treating sore throats.

Pine: Decongestant, expectorant and tonic properties.

Pomegranate: Antioxidant and antibacterial properties.

Wild Cherry: The flowers and bark of the wild cherry have soothing and sedative properties.

Red clover: Expectorant, antispasmodic, astringent and soothing properties. Helps treat cough and bronchitis.

Lemon: Astringent and antibacterial properties.

Nettle: Antispasmodic, soothing and anti-inflammatory properties. Helps treat cough and bronchitis.

Melissa: Antibacterial properties and soothing properties.

Wildrose: Antioxidant, toning and soothing properties.

Celery: Antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory properties.

Hyssop: Expectorant, decongestant, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.

Yarrow: Antispasmodic and antibacterial properties.

Shepherd's Tea: Antioxidant, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and tonic properties.

Cinnamon: Antibacterial, astringent and warming properties.

I'll be back to you with more articles regarding caugh and herbal remedies. I would love to hear your oppinions or additions. Thank you for reading.

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