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  1. Going to check out the fire one especially. Never heard of this so very interested. Need to broaden my plant gathering knowledge and look for this plant next summer. I make apple cider vinegar and use it all the time

    • Fire cider is awesome! It uses stuff like onions, garlic, lemons, ginger, etc and you just let it sit in apple cider vinegar! It will definitely up the healing properties of your homemade vinegar. I love to forage, follow me for some great, easy things to use for plant medicine.

  2. I use several of these and find rosehip syrup and lemon juice in hot water great for killing off a cold if you drink it at the very first sign of starting to get ill. Using pineapple juice as a cough medicine is not something I have heard of and will certainly try that if I need to.

    • I’ve never tried lemon juice with rose hip syrup, I’ll have to try that! And yeah pineapple juice is really effective at controlling coughs, and you don’t have to worry about taking too much like with cough syrup!

  3. I love these ideas! I did a similar post a few months back, but didn’t know to include rose hips! I have a bag of dried rose hips on my shelf, and was wondering how I could use it! I’ll definitely be making up some syrup out of it for this cold and flu season! Thanks for all the ideas!

    • Thank you, Kristi! Rose hips are great, even just steeped in hot water and drank as a tea! Pleasantly sweet and tart at the same time, doesn’t even need sweetener. I’m planning on making rose hip syrup as Christmas gifts this year!

  4. Hi Shawna,
    Excellent article and great natural ways to prevent or help you if you get sick with the flu or cold. All of these are proven to help keep your immune system strong and fight viruses. I use echinacea and Vitamin C at the first sign if a cold. I actually take vitamin C daily and increase if I feel any cold symptoms. Thanks for sharing your natural and effective ways to help the cold and flu. Sharing on social media Have a healthy, happy & blessed day!

    • Thanks Lacey! Echinacea tincture is super easy, but doesn’t taste good! You could probably put it in a hot toddy to mask the flavor and get the benefits of both at the same time!

  5. Someone recently recommended elderberry syrup to me for my asthma. Have you every tried basil tea? Holy Basil grows wild here. It is great for any cold especially those with runny nose. We used it when my god daughter was a baby. A few drop and her runny nose stopped right away. Now we add tumeric and she asks for it everytime she feels the sniffles coming on.

    • Thanks Monetta, that’s a great suggestion! I haven’t tried it yet, but I’ve heard lots of good stuff about Holy Basil, and I’m going to add that to my herbal garden plan.

  6. I take vitamin c regularly as well as echinacea! Both help with immunity. I have a very old and super big rose bush and never knew I could use the rose hips for syrup. That’s on the list of home remedies to try! I make a honey and garlic mixture that works great for colds. I got the recipe from Doug and Stacy! Great post thanks for sharing!

  7. Elderberry is my #1 go to! Love it, grow a amazing amount of these bushes here on the farm, rosehips are a close second..

    I have everything on your list in my house 🙂 I love pineapple juice for coughs, it does wonders!

    • Hi Val! Isn’t it great to use the free stuff around us to heal ourselves and our family? I have a huge elderberry bush at my place as well, as long as I can get to the berries before the wild birds do!

    • Thanks for the comment, Mary! Mullein tea is great for lung issues, you should definitely try it when you have a bad cough! It doesn’t taste great, but not bad either. Just make sure you strain it to get the little hairs out of the tea.

  8. Great list! I made Fire Cider for the first time ever this year! I thought it would be nasty, but I like it! I also infuse oil with Mullien and garlic for earaches! works awesome!

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