You may be miles away from modern society, with doctors and antibiotics. However, you’ll still find several natural remedies from your survival garden to cater to some simple seasonal illnesses, such as the common cold or flu.
Unless it’s anything serious, you can quickly work out some simple home remedies to relieve the symptoms naturally.
Since you’ve taken up a simpler life, enjoy self-sufficiency to the fullest and take this as an opportunity to learn new things.
After all, there was life before penicillin and panadol. Let’s go back to the age of naturopathy and dig out the underrated home remedies, most of which are already growing in your backyard, without bragging their true value.
Flu Remedies From Your Survival Garden
The seasonal flu is a complimentary package that we welcome each year with the onset of winters. There’s no avoiding it.
When you don’t have the local drug store to turn to, you still have your kitchen garden. Here’s a list of herbal remedies to fight flu, easily accessible during off-grid living:
Garlic has antibacterial and antifungal properties. Including garlic in your diet, especially in raw form, can help relieve flu and cold symptoms. Whether you’re sick or not, add lots of garlic to your everyday meals, as it can help you build a stronger resistance against these seasonal illnesses.
An excellent remedy is the magical garlic-honey combo. Have a garlic-honey jar on hand, especially for the winters, to start the treatment at the first signs of the illness.
Just fill a jar with garlic cloves, pour honey over it, close the lid and let the mixture sit for a couple of days before using it. Have a clove every hour or two until you feel better. The honey from the same jar is in itself an excellent cough syrup.
One of the easiest growing herbs, peppermint, is another excellent remedy for cold. Taking peppermint tea regularly can help relieve sore throat and congestion.
Just pick some fresh mint leaves from your garden and add them to a cup of boiling water. Let the mixture stand for about 5 minutes before pouring out and enjoying it. Take it before going to bed for a comfortable sleep.
Peppermint steam is another brilliant medicine for flu, especially if you’re looking for relief from congestion. Just add some freshly picked peppermint leaves in a bowl. Include boiling water.
Bring your face close to the bowl, with a towel over your head, and inhale. It’s especially beneficial to take peppermint steam before going to bed. Be very careful when handling hot water to avoid burns.
Similar to garlic, including raw ginger in your diet can also help you fight seasonal illnesses. It builds your immune system so that you have better defenses against common infections.
Whether it’s a bad cough or recurring flu, try this herbal tea to soothe your throat and ease the symptoms:
Boil water and take it off heat. Add a teaspoon of crushed ginger, half a teaspoon of turmeric powder (if available), stir, wait for 15 minutes, pour and drink! You can squeeze half a lemon for an extra punch.
Lemon is also an excellent natural medicine for flu. Read on, and you’ll find out.
Lemon, another kitchen staple you might already have in your off-grid survival garden, is rich in Vitamin C and an excellent remedy for flu and cold. It builds your immune system, strengthens your defenses against flu, and reduces phlegm.
Speed up healing by preparing your own homemade medicinal tea. Squeeze a lemon in boiling water, slice the peel thinly and add it too.
Add a few slices of ginger for some added benefit and cover the mixture for 10 minutes. Strain it into a cup, add some honey and drink hot.
Make sure your survival garden has a herb corner since quite a number of herbs help you survive through the flu season. Just like peppermint, rosemary is another herb that carries bundles of medicinal properties.
It’s an antibacterial, antifungal herb that reduces inflammation and builds immunity. Make rosemary tea in the same way as you would with peppermint, highlighted above, and enjoy hot.
Add another herb to your list if you’re not already growing it. Sage is antibacterial and rich in Vitamin C, K, and A. Sage tea can help soothe a sore throat and is also beneficial for healthy people.
It boosts their immunity and prevents them from catching an infection in the first place.
To make sage tea, all you need are two fresh sage leaves from your garden. Pour boiling water over them in a mug and let it steep for a good 5 minutes before straining and serving.
Flu season is unavoidable. However, with all the right home remedies, you can manage the symptoms and avoid anything serious. There are plenty of herbal medicines you can take for flu during off-grid living.
You may even realize how modern medicine had tricked you into believing that you’re dependent on it for even the simplest of problems when that’s not true at all.
Herbal remedies aim at building your body’s defenses against illnesses and minimize their effects if you do catch them.
Include healthy foods in your diet, drink lots of hot herbal teas throughout the day, take steam before going to bed, and take plenty of rest. You’ll find your symptoms easing in just a couple of days, and that too without any antibiotics!