Strega Nonna’s Vapor Rub, Homeopathy and other simple remedies for seasonal common colds, coughs and congestions.
Most of us are familiar with the chest rub that comes in the little blue bottle. You know…the super popular over-the-counter treatment for symptoms of cough and congestion!?!
But did you also know that it’s made — just as many other commercially-prepared cosmetics, personal care items and over the counter “stuff” — in a base of petroleum with too many artificial additives and chemicals?
For those who desire a chemical-free alternative, my Strega Nonna’s Vapo Rub may come in handy this fall and winter.
Herbs such as peppermint, eucalyptus, camphor, rosemary, lavender and thyme have been used for centuries for their decongestant properties and my wonderful Strega Nonna’s Vapo Rub contains these herbs. My Vapo Rub also contain herbal infusions of chickweed, yarrow, chamomile, echinacea, oregon grape root, and yerba santa. All to soothe a cough and congestion.
I did not include Thyme to this rub since I have a Thyme Soap, which complements this Vapo Rub. Great soap to use in shower and bath time during the fall and winter months.
So the next time a cold or cough strikes in your family try Strega Nonna’s Vapo Rub.
It is packaged as a Lotion "pop-up" Bar - biodegradable- so you can carry it with you, which allows you not to touch it in case of germs on those hands.
It is still made with our local Cape May Honey Farm beeswax – just love that beeswax. Its local, pure and real beeswax – no artificial anything.
Homeopathy for Colds, Coughs and Congestion
In homeopathy it's more important to focus on the "cough" rather than the "cold." Unless of course, you don't have a cough, then you would look at sinus. But for this purpose we will focus on coughs.
There are many types of coughs and with many different types of symptoms associated with each cough. I will highlight 7 important homeopathic remedies, even though it is not a complete list, but sufficient for most coughs.
Remedies: Can be found at your local health food store
- Pulsatilla: Main cough symptom- a wearying night cough that forces the cougher to sit up. Other symptoms may include burning eyes, dry sore throats and thirstless, chilly fevers that cannot stand external heat. Particular to this remedy is their personality type - something like ‘soft, gentle, mild, affectionate, as well as clingy, weepy, moody, sometimes childish’.
- Nux vomica: A suffocating cough highlights a restlessness cold or flu with extreme chilliness. This extreme chilliness also marks a Nux fever– drafts are unbearable. Ear pain that hurts on swallowing will often find relief in Nux, as well.
- Kali bich: Stubborn, gagging cough. Beginning with the sinuses, the thick, ropy, yellow to green, sticky, stringy, stubborn, smelly mucus crusts up in the nose and fills the sinuses causing choking post nasal drip, a stubborn cough to clear the throat, hoarseness and pain especially at the root of the nose.
- Phosphorus: A racking violent cough set off by a tickle in the aching raw throat. The colds Phosphorus treats best move quickly into the chest. The cough may set the body trembling and cause labored breathing and tightness across the chest. A key trait to its fever is great thirst for cold drinks that are vomited soon after warming in the stomach. Hoarseness usually results from these colds.
- Bryonia: A dry, hacking cough with stitching pains. Bryonia relieves ailments that approach slowly, linger too long and may result from being chilled when overheated or from fast weather changes. Its slow moving flu and colds are marked by dryness. fever, great thirst for cold water, dry throat and a “don’t touch me, leave me alone” growl.
- Hepar Sulph: A dry or rattling cough. Chilliness and yellow phlegm also dominate this cold and there may be sinus pressure with splinter-like sore throats. The individuals needing Hepar sulph most lack internal heat, are easily offended, can get violently angry especially regarding rudeness or causes.
- Natrum mur: A dry tickling cough. Dryness underlies many of Nat mur’s applications. Its colds and congestions have a dry rawness along with thickening clear to whitish mucus.
Simple Homemade Remedies
Honey and apple cider vinegar are 2 excellent simple remedies for cough and congestion. A simple herbal tea with lots of honey and raw organic apple cider vinegar about 1 table spoon or 2 sipped throughout the day will break up that congestion and mucus.
Make sure your honey is local raw and pure not those supermarket bought fake honey. Raw local pure honey found at your health food store or if you are lucky to have one in your hometown from a honey bee farm.
Something I recently learned from a New Englander (from a book I read for a class) is called Fire Cider – oh boy it burns like fire but it will put out and get rid of your cough and colds.
This fire cider is a spiced up synergistic blend of health enhancing, immune boosting, organic roots and fruits.
Here is a recipe for it… there are many different variations of it but all have at least these ingredients.. It takes a month to brew it, so start now!
1/2 cup fresh grated organic ginger root
1/2 cup fresh grated organic horseradish root
1 medium organic onion, chopped
10 cloves of organic garlic, crushed or chopped
2 organic jalapeno peppers, chopped
Zest and juice from 1 organic lemon
Several sprigs of fresh organic rosemary or 2 tbsp of dried rosemary leaves
1 tbsp organic turmeric powder
organic apple cider vinegar
raw local honey to taste
Prepare all of your roots, fruits, and herbs and place them in a quart sized mason jar. Use a piece of natural parchment paper or wax paper under the lid to keep the vinegar from touching the metal. Shake well! Store in a dark, cool place for one month and remember to shake daily, or at least try to shake daily.
After one month, use a cheesecloth to strain out the pulp, (I use non-bleach coffee filters found at your health food stores) pour the vinegar into a clean mason jar. Be sure to squeeze as much of the liquid as you can from the pulp while straining. Next, comes the honey! Add 1/4 cup of honey and stir until incorporated. Taste your cider and add another 1/4 cup until you reach the desired sweetness. Again make sure your honey is local, raw and pure.
- How to take it
Well, you can have it straight up, or add to water. But straight up is best at the first sign of any cold or cough. Take 1 to 3 tablespoons at first sign of something coming on.
HAPPY WINTER SEASON TO ALL!!!
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