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Natural Remedies for Winter Illnesses

In the winter, our body is more susceptible to developing certain illnesses, such as the common cold, pharyngitis, rhinitis, angina, etc. Fortunately there are some natural remedies that can help to combat these diseases.

Common cold

This is an infection caused by a type of virus called rhinovirus, which affects the nasal mucose. It is often accompanied by malaise, fatigue, headaches, mucus, sore sinuses, congestion, sore throat and a cough.

Natural Remedies

Echinacea is a useful tool to fight colds because it strengthens our immune system, has antiviral properties and protects us against infections.

Thyme, thanks to its content of thymol, is mucolytic, i.e. dissolves mucus and is excellent combined with eucalyptus to decongest the airways.

Willow infusion is analgesic, anti-inflammatory and combats fever, so it is an effective alternative remedy for colds.


Flu is caused by specific viruses that work their way into the respiratory mucose and multiply rapidly. It usually lasts four to five days and is characterised by flu-like symptoms including malaise, headache, sore eyes, cough, sore throat, muscle pain and fever.

Natural Remedies

These are designed to combat flu symptoms:
If the flu is accompanied by weakness and fatigue, it is advised to drink two cups of Valerian tea daily.

Peppermint combined with elderflower can relieve fever and many of the symptoms associated with flu, promoting rapid recovery.


This involves inflammation of the nasal mucose caused by a virus, although there are different types of rhinitis depending on their origin. The most common is the cold, but there is also allergic rhinitis, called "hayfever" which is caused by allergy to pollen, dust and animal hair. It is characterised by a general down feeling, abundant mucus which may cover the nostrils and sneezing.

Natural Remedies

For allergic rhinitis, an infusion of ephedra, elderflower, eyebright and goldenseal three times a day is recommended.

For a nasal decongestant, you could carry out a nasal irrigation with a saline solution, or do an inhalation with essential oils of peppermint, eucalyptus or pine.


This is an inflammation of the pharynx mucose, which is characterised by an irritated, painful and dry throat.

Natural Remedies

Sage and echinacea are a good combination to combat pharyngitis due to their antimicrobial actions.

Pokeweed plant is effective against general ill feeling and helps to purify the lymph glands and soothe the pharynx.

To soothe the throat, try gargling with eucalyptus.You can also make and drink an eucalyptus tonic several times a day with, mixing it with lemon water and sea salt.


An inflammation of the tonsils and adjacent parts, Angina is usually accompanied by a sore and irritated throat, difficulty swallowing and/or fever.

Natural Remedies

Agrimony and raspberry drunk as an infusion help to cleanse and soothe an irritated and sore throat. It is recommended to drink several of these infusions per day and try gargling with it to coat the throat.

You can also try compresses with echinacea, myrrh or sage, and apply directly on to the tonsils. These healing plants all possess antimicrobial agents.

Another popular remedy is to gargle with warm water, lemon and sea salt, you can also replace these ingredients with sage or goldenseal.

Recommendations to avoid becoming ill in Winter

  • Do not consume drinks that are too cold
  • Avoid large meals
  • Wrap up well before leaving your house
  • Spend half an hour a day jogging
  • Try to have your house at a temperature between warm and temperate
  • Sleep 8 hours a day, preferably overnight
  • Practice meditation, yoga, tai chi, etc.
  • Dry your hair well after washing it and before going outside
  • Do not drink alcohol, or do it in moderation.

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10 Reviews about Natural Remedies for Winter Illnesses
on 10/02/2016
This is a really useful article, although I always think it is best to follow Winter remedies which are local to where you live.
Here in Southern Europe, oranges and garlic are the order of the day and are great for preventing colds and flu. Another great remedy for a sore or irritated throat is natural yoghurt with honey, which possesses antimicrobial properties and also puts a nice smooth coating on it.

on 30/08/2014
Wonderful article, and yes, I agree, prevention (or just being healthy in the first place) is the best route to go. Really we can prevent so many diseases and illnesses, if we just took the time to educate ourselves, and enact these tips in our daily lives. I have fresh sage growing in my yard and have been looking for great uses for it. Thanks a bunch!!
on 14/06/2014
I find this article interesting. Most of these remedies are new to me. When I get the flu or have sore throat, I usually take tablets. I try to avoid them but my tonsils get so inflamed that I think I don?t have any other option. However, after reading this article, I feel like trying these natural remedies. Some of them might not taste good, but many people say natural products are always better. So let?s give it a try.
on 02/02/2014
I have found an amazign remedy for my child's cold and it is pretty simple, it just about some sweets made of a piece of ginger covered with brown sugar to make it a little mild, the taste is still strong but can be eating as snack and they help the body a lot, giving all the properties of the ginger, try and you will see
on 08/01/2014
My favorite remedy when suffering from one of these diseasses is the eucalyptus, which can be used in ointments or even just breathing the smell, but the best option is to relief the neck while breathing the humes of this plant in combination with hot water, that is perfect to forget the pain that you may be suffering
on 05/01/2014
The lack of sleep really causes that your body is tired and you can catch a flu easier, that is a fact well know but maybe forgotten, so if you wan tto have a healthy body, you need to start sleeping the right time that your body needs, and of course the diet is important, try as many vitamin C as you can, especially from fruits and vegetables
on 30/12/2013
My son always get sick when the cold and winter come, and well both of us have get used to it, instead of fixing the problem of trying to stregthen his body, we just pass a couple of days of horror, I just watch him and his runny nose, that is a shame but well, next year the things will be different
on 27/12/2013
The nos eproblem is so hard in this season, especially kids, they tend to forget the climate change and they spend hours in the cold and warm climate without considering the fact that being in those two enviroments and changing very often can reach to illness, tha is my recomemndation!
on 26/12/2013
Sometimes you believe that passing through an illness like a cold is so common and a must happen when the winter comes but what people don?t know is that they could avoid this by having a proper life style and those recommendations are the more suitable during this season, so thanks very much!
on 05/01/2014
As you say, ,most of the time the people just forget about the importance of being healthy before reaching the cold season as we are very weak during this season, and well, I hope that you found the solution in this article, because it is good and gives good advice right?

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