Onion Gargle for Throat Infections by James Wong


  • onion, finely chopped

    1/2 fresh red chile, finely chopped
    1 teaspoon salt

    Juice of 2 lemons
    Sprig fresh parsley


Combine the onions and chiles in a bowl, and then stir in the salt and lemon juice. Let stand in the refrigerator for 1 hour.
Strain and use as a gargle. 
After gargling, chew on a sprig of parsley to freshen breath.
Use the gargle daily, as soon as you feel a sore throat coming on, then spit out rather than swallow.
The gargle is best made and used fresh each day.

Valerian Hot Chocolate for Anxiety

Recipe by James Wong 

*from Grow Your Own Drugs with James Wong


3 tablespoons fresh valerian root
3 3/4 cups full-fat milk
3 tablespoons fresh lemon balmleaves
3 teaspoons fresh lavender flowers

6 leaves and 3 heads from fresh passion flowers
Peel of 1 1/2 oranges
1 3/4 ounces dark chocolate
(minimum 50-percent cocoa solids)
Dash vanilla extract


Chop the top and bottom from the fresh valerian root, and then place in a saucepan with the milk, lemon balm, lavender, passion flowers and orange peel and gently heat for 5 to 10 minutes. Strain.
Pour the infused milk back into the pan, and then add the dark chocolate and vanilla extract and stir until melted. Drink at once.

Dandy Dandelion Tea by Ivy Ingram

"Imbibe this tea when winter lies heavy in your body and you're ready to let it out! Rich in vitamins and minerals, dandelion is a renowned blood purifier, detoxifier, and diuretic. It is often taken to support liver and gall bladder function and to ease digestive distress. The bitter dandelion helps move Kapha out. (If you are under medical care, check with your health care provider before using this or any herb, especially if you have a liver or gall bladder disorder.)"

You can order chopped Dandelion root at Mountain Rose Herbs.


1 Tbsp dandelion root (chopped, not powdered)

1/2 teaspoon minced fresh ginger

1 cardamom pod

12 ounces water

(Raw honey to taste - optional)

Combine the ingredients and bring to a boil.
Boil uncovered for 5-10 minutes.
Strain and serve.

After it has cooled enough to hold your finger in the tea, you can add raw honey if you wish. (Ancient Ayurvedic texts teach that cooking honey - or adding it to boiling tea - renders it toxic poison!)
Cold and Flu:

Cheapie Remedy-

Sore Throat Gargle with Sage

The Sage (Salvia officinalis) used in the following recipe is a classic gargle, but other herbs such as Marjoram, Thyme or Hyssop can replace it. Opera singers once used Marjoram to ease a strained throat.

-1 cup boiling water
-2 teaspoons fresh or dried Sage leaves
- 1/4 ounce salt
1.Pour the boiling water over the sage, cover and steep for 20 minutes.
2.Strain and add the salt. Gargle as needed. Store in the refrigerator for a couple of days.

Not the cheapest..but affordable-

Lemon Antiseptic Throat Spray

A diluted lemon spray is one of the most effective tools to knock down a cold or flu. Other herbs to use in a throat spray are lavender, eucalyptus, lemon, and peppermint. When sprayed through the air, terpene compounds in these oils combine with oxygen to increase the oil's antiseptic properties.

-15 drops Lemon essential oil
- 5 drops Peppermint essential oil
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/4 cup lemon juice

1.Combine the ingredients and pour the concoction into a spray bottle. (you can buy 'em at target or better yet, a dollar store)
2.Shake well, then gently spray into your throat throughout the day.

For Congestion:
(if you can swing the essential oils...)

Herbal Steam
Warm, moist air opens nasal and bronchial passages. Combined with herbs, steam is one of the most effective, all-purpose cold and flu cures. To humidify and disinfect the entire house, simmer the water with the herbs or essential oils on low heat for half an hour. Essential oils can also be used in most commercial humidifiers, but check the instructions.

3 cups water
5 drops essential oil of Lavender
5 drops essential oil of Rosemary
5 drops essential oil of Bergamot

1. Simmer the water in a pan. Remove from the heat and add the oils (you can get the same effect by putting 1/8 cup total of fresh or dried herbs in the simmering water instead of the essential oils).

2. Hold your face over the steam and cover your head with a bath towel. Tuck the ends of the towel around the pan so the steam doesn't escape. Breathe in the fragrant steam as deeply as you comfortably can, coming out for fresh air when needed (about every minute or so).

Nature's Flu Shots

Juice of 6 Fresh Lemons

1 bulb of garlic
2 tsp ginger powder
2 tbsp honey
3 cups pineapple juice
1/4 tsp cayenne

Blend all ingredients thoroughly and store in a glass jar.

Take 1 cup, 4 times a day until the symptoms are resolved.

Mountain Rose's Elderberry Syrup

1 cup fresh or 1/2 cup dried organic Elderberries (harvest blue or black, avoid poisonous reds)
3 cups water
1 cup raw local honey
1 organic Cinnamon stick, 3 organic Cloves, and organic Ginger (optional)
Place berries, water, and spices in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for 30 minutes. Smash the berries to release remaining juice and strain the mixture. Allow liquid to cool and stir in honey. Will last for 2-3 months stored in the fridge. 


Nettle And Chamomile Tea For Hay Fever

*from Grow Your Own Drugs with James Wong


4 teaspoons fresh
German chamomile
recutita) or 2 teaspoons dried
2 to 3 tablespoons fresh nettles or 1 to 2 tablespoons dried, washed and roughly chopped
Boiling water
1 teaspoon locally produced honey


Put the nettles, stalks and all, into a glass teapot. Pour boiling water over and leave to steep for 5 minutesthis will also take the sting out of the nettles).Strain into a tea cup and serve, adding thehoney. Drink 3 cups a day while suffering from hay fever, for as long as you need it.
Make fresh as you need it.

Post-nasal drip remedy

1. Do a saltwater gargle with a glass of warm water with 1/3 teaspoon of salt added to it. This can clear the drainage caused by post-nasal drip. The amount of salt used should be safe enough for those suffering from high blood pressure to use.

2. Boil a large pot of water with 

1/2 teaspoon of ginge, 
2 1/2 tablespoons of thyme and 
1 teaspoon of salt. 

After it has come to a boil, turn off heat and let it cool slightly, then set it on a table. 

Sit near the pot with a towel over your head and slowly breathe in the vapors, which should bring relief to your symptoms. 
*Ensure that the water is not so hot that it causes damage or burns to the inside of your nostrils. Sit close enough to take in the vapors, but not close enough to injure yourself.

**I added a few drops of eucalyptus oil to open up my nasal passages since I had a bottle.

Read more: How to Treat Postnasal Drip With Alternative Remedies | eHow.com

1 comment:

puddlesmypal said...

These are really great, thank you!