Treat a cold naturally and with old grandma recipes? Yes!

We are not often sick. I am happy about that. I mean, I know that our healthy lifestyle largely contributes to this. We take care of our bodies inside out all year round. Over the past years, I have come to realize that food is medicine and I love to apply this knowledge to keep my family as healthy as possible.

But sometimes it still happens. And last week, was sick week in this household!

Actually, out of all weeks, it was not the best week to be sick and dealing with germs. Our oldest son was competing at Queensland State Swimming Championships on the weekend and it is definitely not a great option to do so while being unwell, especially when you are a long-distance swimmer.

My mission was double. Healing the sick ones and keep the other family members healthy. Challenge accepted – This Mumma was on a mission!

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How to treat a cold naturally is my jam!

First signs of a cold or runny nose arising and this Mumma is ready to take action. I will share with you my precious “action plan” here.

It will maybe seem bizarre, odd and a bit hippy style to some. It’s your right to think so, all I can tell you is it works! I have been using this technique about 7 years now and we never, I repeat NEVER had to use any medication ever since! But as I mentioned earlier, we also place a high value in looking after our bodies daily.

Note of caution: Please see those tips as suggestions to a healthy natural lifestyle. I would recommend you seek medical advice if your symptoms persist.
Furthermore, please avoid using any of those tips for children under the age of one (except the onion and the essential oils vaporized in the air) or seek medical advice first.
(Also, this post contains some affiliate links to products. I may receive a commission for purchases made through these links – I only recommend products I am using myself.)

Tip number 1: A good old onion goes a long way to treat a cold naturally

Onion smells, yes I give you that. But I don’t care about the smell if that same onion can fight germs! Battle for me onion! Onions are my friends and my weapon to trap those nasty germs.

Here is what I do:
Slice an onion and place it on a plate on the bedside table of all family members, sick or not!
Onions are supposed to absorb germs. Don’t forget to bin them in the morning.

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Tip number 2: Epsom bath to get rid of toxins!

Your sick little person needs an Epsom bath. Epsom salt is awesome to get rid of toxins and eases flu or cold symptoms. Warning! They make you sweat, a lot!

What I do for my sick people:
Just before bedtime, add 2 cups of Epsom into a warm bath. Add a few drops of Tea Tree and Eucalyptus essential oils as well. This will help with the breathing.
Stay in the bath for about 15-20 minutes before hopping out. Do not rinse! The Epsom salt won’t be itchy and will act as slow-release medication on the skin.

Note: Epsom salt is not expensive. I buy mine at around $5 per kilo. However, you can find all sorts of crazy products on the market labelled as Epsom salt. Check the ingredients, you want 100% Epsom salt. No need for anything else.

Tip number 3: Let’s inhale some goodness, essential oils are my friends

Do not let a runny nose and a cough get worse. Heal it from the start and avoid complications like sinusitis for example. My favourite essential oils for the situation are Tea Tree (Melaleuca) and Eucalyptus.

What I do for my sick people:
– Inhalation treatment: I boil water and place it in a face steamer/inhaler along with 2 drops of Tea Tree and Eucalyptus essential oils. I then make my sick person inhale through the nose and mouth until the water becomes cold and there is no steam forming anymore. We do this about 2x a day and more if needed.
– Vaporizer: I have a vaporizer going all day long in the house with the same essential oils, for everyone to breathe in. And I do alternate with a protective blend if I happen to have some handy.
– On a little napkin for bed: To avoid the horrible coughing when lying down, prepare a small fabric tissue with some drops of the same essential oils. Have it handy to breathe in or on the pillow and when the cough is starting, simply smell the tissue, it will calm the cough.

Tip number 4: Apply Essential oils to everyone on the house

As a remedial massage therapist, I truly love the power of essential oils. This is a little routine for mornings and nights. I wouldn’t recommend to do this for children under the age of 12 months or consult your doctor or specialist.

What I do:
– Aplly twice a day a protective blend and Frankincense: along the spine and behind the neck
– Oregano: under the feet

Tip number 5: Nurture the gut!Nat Carrel - The Blog - Treat a cold naturally

Place the accent to nurturing the gut, this is where all happens health-wise. Feed your good bacterias!
Get some probiotics and fermented food into your systems. You should be doing this preventively anyways but if you haven’t at least start now!

What I do:
– Get some probiotics presto!
– Add fermented food! My kids are not fussy and love fermented food so it’s not an issue in this house. Serving them a chilled Kombucha if they are sick with fever will always be a hit! However, it might not be the case for your kids, here’s a video I made explaining how you can hide fermented food, watch here!

Tip number 6: Get the gargle going!

I know it sounds gross. But again, it works.
Gargling several times a day with warm salt water helps with the inflammation, swelling and loosen mucus. We usually go with half a teaspoon of Himalayan sea salt for a cup of warm water.

Lastly Tip 7: Sweeten things up!

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A sore throat is not fun and honey is well known to soothe a sore throat! It does also help fight infection.

What I do:
– mix up some honey with a little bit of apple cider vinegar in warm water and drink
– have a spoonful (teaspoon preferably!) a couple of times a day.

So I hope you will find those tips on how to treat a cold naturally helpful! Let me know below which tip you didn’t know about and you’re gonna try out!


About the Author:
Natascha is firstly a wife and mum of 3, originally Swiss and a French native speaker, she lives in Queensland Australia. She also is a passionate online entrepreneur and author.
Natascha’s passion is to share the message of Living a Life of Purpose.
Her mission is to help other mums create more freedom to live their dream life while becoming healthier and happier!


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4 replies
  1. Gabe Cox
    Gabe Cox says:

    Great tips as always! I may use the onion trick, though I really can’t stand the smell. Does it make your eyes water having it near your bed? Just a small piece of the onion?


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