Natural Ways to Fight Colds & Flu This Fall

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The kids are in school, the holidays are fast approaching and there’s so much planning and shopping still yet to be done. Who can afford to get sick? Whether you’re making soothing medicinal teas, immune boosting syrups or something else entirely, these natural ways to fight colds & flu will keep you in shape to do what needs to be done.

Natural Ways to Fight Colds & Flu This Fall! The kids are in school, the holidays are fast approaching and there's so much planning and shopping still yet to be done. Who can afford to get sick? Whether you're making soothing medicinal teas, immune boosting syrups or something else entirely, these natural ways to fight colds & flu will keep you in shape to do what needs to be done.

After all, we can’t always afford to take time off from work or home life. But it is important that we take time out for self care. This way we can still perform at our best even when we feel bad. And who knows, you may find that you enjoy some of these natural ways to fight colds & flu even when you aren’t sick!

Natural Ways to Fight Colds & Flu

Natural Ways to Fight Colds & Flu This Fall! Learn how to make custom herbal tea blends to fight the cold & flu! Learn how to use herbal ingredients to create your own herbal teas for fighting the cold and flu. For example, peppermint helps to not only cool down the body, but it also soothes irritated lungs and eases colds. Hibiscus flowers, which are naturally rich in Vitamin C, help to “dry” out excess mucus in your lungs. While marshmallow root adds a coat of mucilage that can sooth a dry cough and sore throat.

Medicinal Tea for Colds & Flu

You need look no further than tea brands like Yogi and Traditional Medicinals to know that tea can help with a variety of ailments from insomnia and constipation to weight loss and energy. But if name brand teas don’t quite cut it, you can create your own custom tea blends to help ease a cold or flu.

Within the article, How to Make Custom Herbal Tea Blends by Jes of Good 4 You Herbals, you are provided with introductory information on herbal ingredients and tips for mixing these ingredients to create custom herbal teas. For example, peppermint leaf helps to not only cool down the body, but it also soothes irritated lungs and eases colds. Hibiscus flowers, which are naturally rich in Vitamin C, help to “dry” out excess mucus in your lungs. While marshmallow root adds a coat of mucilage that can sooth a dry cough and sore throat.

Cayenne, and this one is often used in cold & flu tea blends, heats up the body and acts as an expectorant if you have a stuffy nose due to a cold or flu. In addition it also has amazing antibacterial properties that help to promote wellness.

You can find Jes’ article on how to customize your own herbal teas here. (Jes also uses her herbal knowledge when developing her own natural plant based makeup. You can purchase her products via her Etsy store here.) Or try this simple and easy cold & flu herbal tea recipe with echinacea, ginger and cayenne to get you started.

If you’re not quite up to the task of customizing and preparing your own medicinal herbal tea remedy, you can purchase pre-blended cold & flu herbal teas from these artisanal sellers based on your symptoms. Or simply gleam ideas for the types of ingredients you’d like to use when making your own teas.

Fight cold & flu naturally with this Cold & Flu Loose Herbal Tea from Arogya Tea & Holistic Healing. This natural home remedy and herbal tea contains an immune-boosting and antiseptic blend of herbs to help strengthen and defend your reserves. Ingredients include Elder Flowers, Licorice Root, Fennel and Cinnamon to battle congestion, Calendula to ease fever, Lime Blossoms to calm the stomach and Echinacea to boost immunity.

I am particularly partial to this Cold & Flu Loose Herbal Tea from Arogya Tea & Holistic Healing. It contains an immune-boosting and antiseptic blend of herbs to help strengthen and defend your reserves. Ingredients include Elder Flowers, Licorice Root, Fennel and Cinnamon to battle congestion, Calendula to ease fever, Lime Blossoms to calm the stomach and Echinacea to boost immunity. Get it here. Or try Folke Magick’s Cold & Flu Herbal Tea as an alternate version.

Why drink apple cider vinegar during cold & flu season? Drinking raw apple cider vinegar everyday is a great way to keep your immunity up. Not only can it help to prevent you from getting sick, but it also gives your body a boost to fight a cold or the flu if you do get sick. I have a great recipe for a turmeric ginger apple cider vinegar tonic here. If you already have a cold, adding a dash of cayenne pepper to suit can give this tonic an extra kick to help clear out stuffy nasal passages.

Immune Boosting Home Remedies

Apple Cider Vinegar

Speaking of boosting your immunity, drinking raw apple cider vinegar everyday is a great way to keep your immunity up. Not only can it help to prevent you from getting sick, but it also gives your body a boost to fight a cold or the flu if you do get sick. I have a great recipe for a turmeric ginger apple cider vinegar tonic here. If you already have a cold, adding a dash of cayenne pepper to suit can give this tonic an extra kick to help clear out stuffy nasal passages.

Natural ways to fight colds & flu! Learn how to make elderberry syrup this cold & flu season to help naturally boost your immunity! Black elderberries have been used for hundreds of years for their medicinal value in treating colds, the flu, allergies and to boost overall respiratory health. Found along rivers, forests and even roadsides, this common botanical yields ripe berries that are rich in antioxidants, potassium, beta carotene, calcium, phosphorus, and vitamin C. Elderberry syrup is a simple and tasty way to ingest the nutrients offered by elderberries. It’s believed that taken daily, it can help to prevent flu and colds as well as aid in the recovery of an existing illness such as the flu, colds, excessive mucus and even a sore throat. You can learn how to make your own homemade elderberry syrup here.

Black Elderberry Syrup

Elderberry syrup is another immunity boosting remedy! Black elderberries have been used for hundreds of years for their medicinal value in treating colds, the flu, allergies and to boost overall respiratory health. Found along rivers, forests and even roadsides, this common botanical yields ripe berries that are rich in antioxidants, potassium, beta carotene, calcium, phosphorus, and vitamin C.

Elderberry syrup is a simple and tasty way to ingest the nutrients offered by elderberries. It’s believed that taken daily, it can help to prevent flu and colds as well as aid in the recovery of an existing illness such as the flu, colds, excessive mucus and even a sore throat. You can learn how to make your own homemade elderberry syrup here. Alternately you can also buy a DIY elderberry kit or premade elderberry syrup. (This stuff is delicious! I highly recommend trying it on pancakes.)

In addition to apple cider vinegar and elderberry syrup, you can also purchase immunity boosting herbal teas. Moose Head Homestead sells an ImmuniTEA-herbal tea blend that combines elderflowers with organic ginger root, calendula, yarrow and peppermint leaf that you take at the first sign of discomfort. Earth Witch Herbals also sells an Immuni-TEA tea blend with a slightly different formula.

Alternately, if sipping on tea isn’t really your thing, Gaia Herbs Turmeric Supreme Immune A.S.A.P Supplement is a wonderful alternative in pill form. (FYI Thrive Market has great prices on the entire Gaia Herb line. I shop with them regularly. It’s kind of like a Costco but for the world’s best healthy food and natural products at wholesale prices.)

Turmeric Golden Milk

Speaking of turmeric, golden milk is another great option for not only boosting your immunity, but it’s also a pretty powerful antioxidant, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory. Golden milk, also sometimes called turmeric tea, can help stop a bacterial infection in its tracks as well as soothe a sore throat. It can also help with digestion issues such as with gas, bloating, and digestive comfort as well as ease muscle and joint pain.

An immune boosting turmeric golden milk recipe from Wit & Delight blog!

This turmeric golden milk recipe from Wit & Delight is a great option. You can swap out the non-dairy milk for dairy if you prefer or swap the honey with light agave syrup to make it vegan. (Wit & Delight is one of my long time favorite lifestyle blogs covering topics that include beauty, fashion, interior design, health & wellness, parenting and more.)

You can also find a simpler golden milk recipe at It’s a Healthy Lifestyle blog which focuses on nutrition, veganism, health and lifestyle. There’s even a golden milk frozen dog treat recipe for your pup at Dalmatian DIY because, after all, pets are family too.

Or, if there’s a bit too much work involved in the process of making turmeric tea for your hectic schedule, Laird’s Superfood Turmeric Creamer makes a great nutrient rich, vegan alternative for adding turmeric to your diet along with your morning cup of jo. (I also purchased this product from Thrive Market recently.)

Twig + Petals Immunity Boost Organic Essential Oil Blend is a natural way to help fight colds & flu! The natural blend of Pine, Lemon, Eucalyptus, Myrrh, Tea Tree, Thyme essential oils can be applied to feet or added to warm bathwater to help support your body's natural immunity. 

Essential Oils

If your preference lies more in the realm of essential oils and aromatherapy then you might want to consider giving Twig + Petals Immunity Boost Organic Essential Oil Blend a try. The natural blend of Pine, Lemon, Eucalyptus, Myrrh, Tea Tree, Thyme essential oils can be applied to feet or added to warm bathwater to help support your body’s natural immunity.

Alternately, if you enjoy making your own homemade products, Humblebee & Me has a great recipe for making your own Essential Oil Cold & Flu Aromatherapy Roll On. It contains eucalyptus, peppermint, clove bud, wintergreen, lime, cajeput and tea tree essential oils as well as menthol. If you are allergic or sensitive to eucalyptus and/or clove bud essential oils, cedarwood and cinnamon essential oils make a wonderful substitute.

Now that you’re better armed to take on cold & flu season – and really, basically be Wonder Woman for the entire holiday season – be sure to let me know in the comments what some of your favorite natural ways to fight colds & flu are! And don’t forget to check out my Natural Home Remedies & Herbal Health Care board on Pinterest for more great ideas for taking charge of your health.

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Create Your Own Custom DIY Salves the Easy Way!

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Spark Naturals sells 100% pure essential oils, essential oil blends and related natural aromatherapy products. Their goal is to to help people bring balance into people’s lives through the use of essential oil extracts and other high quality health related products that combat the world’s cocoon of toxins, pollutants, and hazardous chemicals.

About Spark Naturals Essential Oils.

I recently discovered the company, Spark NaturalsSpark Naturals sells 100% pure essential oils, essential oil blends and related natural aromatherapy products. Their goal is to to help people bring balance into people’s lives through the use of essential oil extracts and other high quality health related products that combat the world’s cocoon of toxins, pollutants, and hazardous chemicals.

Unlike some essential oils companies, Spark Naturals is not an MLM company. However, they do offer the same products along with better pricing and availability as other similar essential oil companies.

Create your own custom DIY salves the easy way with Spark Naturals' base Foundation Salve. This salve is fantastic for those of us who want to create our own custom DIY salves, but prefer not to have to start out buying a ton of ingredients in bulk. This salve is a great way to make and mix your own products. All you need to do is heat the base and then add your own oils!

Easily create custom DIY salves with Spark Naturals!

I was especially excited by Spark Naturals’ base Foundation Salve. This salve is fantastic for those of us who want to create our own custom DIY salves, but prefer not to have to start out by buying a ton of ingredients in bulk. Spark Naturals’ base Foundation Salve is a great way to make and mix your own products. All you need to do is heat the base and then add your own essential oils!

To get you started, I recommend 12 drops of essential oil to 1 oz. of base. You can try ginger essential oil with this base for a warming sore muscle salve! Or mix 12 drops of ginger essential oil with 1 oz. of one of their carrier oils for a simple sore muscle massage oil.

And Spark Naturals’ base Foundation Salve is 100% natural. It’s made from 100% Pure Organic Virgin Coconut Oil, Organic Beeswax, Extra Virgin Organic Olive Oil and Vitamin E. That’s it! You can buy Spark Naturals’ base Foundation Salve online here. Or shop from their full line of pre-made salves here.

Sparks Naturals sells essential oil kits for making your own DIY cleaning products, cold & flu relief products and more!

In addition to the salves offered at Spark Naturals, they also sell essential oil kits for making your own DIY cleaning products, cold & flu relief products and more!

And, they also make it easy to get started with aromatherapy! Start shopping now and save up to 20% off their current sale products. You can also use coupon code: share15 for 15% off.

If you’re interested in homemade salve recipes that are a little more complex, you can find all of my salve recipes here. Make your own from scratch or use them as a springboard for inspiration for making your own custom DIY salves.

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Mineral Bath Soak Recipes

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These natural mineral bath soak recipes are a snap to make and are the perfect end to a long day. In addition to helping you wind down after a stressful day, these mineral bath soak recipes also help to ease sore muscles and detox skin! Leave them unscented or add some of your favorite essential oil(s) for a complete aromatherapy experience!

These natural mineral bath soak recipes are a snap to make and are the perfect end to a long day. In addition to helping you wind down after a stressful day, these mineral bath soak recipes also help to ease sore muscles and detox skin! Leave them unscented or add some of your favorite essential oil(s) for a complete aromatherapy experience!

These natural mineral bath soak recipes are a snap to make and are the perfect end to a long day. In addition to helping you wind down after a stressful day, these mineral bath soak recipes also help to ease sore muscles and detox skin! Leave them unscented or add some of your favorite essential oil(s) for a complete aromatherapy experience!

Mineral Bath Soak Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

1 Tablespoon fine dead sea salt
1 Tablespoon coarse pink Himalayan salt
1 Tablespoon coarse sea salt
1 Tablespoon Epsom salt
1 mL (20 drops) essential oil of choice, optional

Instructions:

Using a measuring spoon, measure out the salts into a glass bowl. Add essential oil(s) if desired – you can use a graduated transfer pipette to measure out the amount needed – then mix well. Now use a funnel to fill your containers. I used these awesome 8 dram clear glass vials with black phenolic cone lined caps I received from SKS Bottle & Packaging for mine. (You can find them here.)

Available in bulk, these vials make it easy to fill with your mineral bath soak recipes for creating DIY wedding favors or bridesmaid gifts and even homemade stocking stuffers. This particular mineral bath soak recipe fills 2 8-dram glass vials.

These natural mineral bath soak recipes are a snap to make and are the perfect end to a long day. In addition to helping you wind down after a stressful day, these mineral bath soak recipes also help to ease sore muscles and detox skin! They make lovely DIY wedding favors, bridesmaid gifts and even homemade stocking stuffers!

Floral Mineral Bath Soak Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

2 teaspoons fine dead sea salt
2 teaspoons coarse pink Himalayan salt
2 teaspoons coarse sea salt
2 teaspoons Epsom salt
1 teaspoon lavender flowers
1 teaspoon rose petals
1 teaspoon calendula petals
1 mL (20 drops) essential oil of choice, optional

Instructions:

As with the mineral bath soak recipe, use measuring spoons to measure out all of the cosmetic salts as well the flowers and combine in a glass bowl. Add your choice of essential oil(s) if desired and mix well. Use a small funnel to fill two 8-dram glass vials, then cap and label as desired.

These natural mineral bath soak recipes are a snap to make and are the perfect end to a long day. In addition to helping you wind down after a stressful day, these mineral bath soak recipes also help to ease sore muscles and detox skin! They make lovely DIY wedding favors, bridesmaid gifts and even homemade stocking stuffers!

What’s so great about cosmetic salts?

Dead Sea salt is extracted and solar dried from the saline and mineral rich marshes of the Dead Sea. As a result this salt is extremely rich in nutrients and contains an abundance of numerous key elements. It is widely renowned as the best therapeutic salts available.

Epsom salt is a common ingredient in bath salts as it possesses properties that help to help sooth, relax, and relieve sore muscles. Comprised primarily of magnesium and sulfates, Epsom salt does won’t leave your skin feeling dry. Instead skin soaked in Epsom salts will have a soft and silky texture after a long soak.

Himalayan pink salt is one of the purest salts available and is used both therapeutically and in cosmetic preparations. Derived from ancient sea salt deposits, Himalayan pink salt is believed to be the purest form of salt available. It offers essential minerals and trace elements, balances electrolytes, supports proper nutrient absorption, eliminates toxins, balances the body’s pH, and increases circulation.

Sea salt is essential to good health and is used by the human body to function properly. The sodium in sea salt serves as an electrolyte and assists with regulating the electrical charges within our cells while chloride supports potassium absorption, enhances carbon dioxide transportation, regulates body fluid levels, and is an essential component of digestive acids. Sea salt is great for softening and rejuvenating the skin as well as relaxing muscular aches, pains, sunburns, rashes, and irritated skin.

These natural mineral bath soak recipes are a snap to make and are the perfect end to a long day. In addition to helping you wind down after a stressful day, these mineral bath soak recipes also help to ease sore muscles and detox skin! Leave them unscented or add some of your favorite essential oil(s) for a complete aromatherapy experience!

If you like my mineral bath soak recipes, you may also enjoy my DIY herbal facial steam. My DIY herbal facial steam is not only easy to make, it’s also a great way to naturally reduce acne breakouts, boost circulation and remove toxins. You can learn how to make your own DIY facial steam here.

This easy Argan and Rosemary Facial Cleansing Oil Recipe requires just two ingredients but delivers incredible results! It's especially great for maturing skin as it can help to prevent wrinkles. Plus it doubles as a moisturizer!

Or try my easy argan and rosemary facial cleansing oil recipe. This simple facial care recipe requires just two ingredients but delivers incredible results! This all natural facial cleansing oil recipe combines argan oil and rosemary essential oil for a simple yet effective cleansing oil suitable for all skin types. It easily removes makeup, dirt and oil and helps to prevent delicate facial skin from drying out due to the overuse of soap and water. You can find my argan and rosemary facial cleansing oil recipe here.

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Aromatherapy Recipes for Beginners and Other Free Bath & Beauty Recipe eBooks

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Aromatherapy Recipes for Beginners and Other Free Bath and Beauty Related Ebooks from Amazon

Get the kindle ebook, Easy Aromatherapy Recipes For Beginners: An Everyday Guide to Using Simple, Organic and Affordable Essential Oils at Home, free today from Amazon.

This book contains a history of aromatherapy and how essential oils are made along with information on how to use, dilute, buy, blend and store your essential oils.

In addition there is an overview on the uses of some of the more popular and readily available essential oils along with a collection of aromatherapy and essential oil blend recipes for healthy living and relaxation. Plus recipes for your home for things like candles, room sprays, and a natural microwave cleaner!

There is also a collection of homemade bath and beauty recipes for facial cleansers, creams, lotions, scrubs, hair care and bath blends.

You can download this ebook from Amazon here. If you don’t own a kindle you can simply download Amazon’s free kindle reading app here. It works on most smart phones, computers and tablets.

Other free kindle ebooks available today include: DIY Bath Salts for Hobby and Gifts!: The Step-By-Step Playbook for Making Bath Salts For Gifts And Hobby, Homemade Body Butter Recipes: The Ultimate Natural Skin Beauty Recipes, Body Butter: DIY Body Butter Guide and Awesome Body Butter Recipes, Bath Bombs :The Ultimate Guide – Over 30 Homemade & Refreshing Bath Recipes, Herbs for Beauty & Perfumery, Body Creams :The Ultimate Guide – Over 30 Hydrating & Refreshing Skin Treatments, and Easy Homemade Facial Masks Recipes: How To Make Your Own Skin Care Products.

Amazon’s free kindle ebook offers come and go quickly. However, if you miss these don’t be discouraged. You can browse Amazon’s kindle best sellers for more bath and beauty titles listed by the top 100 paid best sellers and the top 100 free best sellers.


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Natural Homemade Lavender Milk Soap Recipe

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Natural Homemade Lavender Milk Soap RecipeMake your own natural homemade milk soaps with my new homemade lavender milk soap recipe! This homemade lavender milk soap recipe contains lavender essential oil for it’s relaxing aromatherapeutic properties. It also formulated for those prone to dry skin so it contains moisturizing Argan and apricot kernel oils in addition to organic cow’s milk.

I used Horizon Organic Milk for this particular soap recipe since it’s shelf stable for extended periods of time. My local Kroger generally has these on sale 1 for $10. (I’m not a huge milk drinker. I generally keep half and half for coffee and not much else so buying these makes sense for me. Of course there’s always the option to sub with half and half!)

I then topped my homemade lavender milk soaps with lavender blossoms and roses to add visual interest. You can of course omit the botanicals, but if you choose to add them be sure to turn your soap loaf upside down when you go to cut it into bars. This will keep the flowers where they belong and won’t cause drag lines down the sides of each bar as you cut them.

Another tip, opt for lavender 40-42 essential oil if you’re on a tighter budget. It costs less than both Bulgarian and Spike Lavender essential oils but still smells great in homemade soap.

Natural Homemade Lavender Milk Soap Recipe

You can find my palm free cold process homemade lavender milk soap recipe in the new August 2014 issue of Wholesale Supplies Plus’ eHandmade Magazine. Just skip ahead to page 21 for the recipe and directions.

For more of my homemade soap recipes visit Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen and also be sure to follow my DIY Bath and Body Board on Pinterest! Or check out my past submissions to eHandmade Magazine: Honey, Oatmeal & Banana Soap Recipe (July 2014), Stars Forever Homemade Soap Recipe (June 2014), DIY Sunburn Relief Rescue Soap Recipe (May 2014), Honeysuckle & Rose Homemade Soap Recipe for Mother’s Day (April 2014), Spring Inspired Bamboo Scented Homemade Soap Recipe (March 2014), Deodorizing Cedarwood & Baking Soda Homemade Soap Recipe for Men (February 2014), Silk & Rose Clay Heart Shaped Soap Recipe (January 2014), Handmade Eucalyptus & Tea Tree Soap Recipe for Men (December 2013), and my Frosted Cranberry Scented Coconut Milk Soap Recipe (November 2013.)

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