Simple Homemade Remedies For A Variety of Respiratory Illnesses

Simple Homemade Remedies For A Variety of Respiratory Illnesses
It’s the holiday season, and with all of the festivities that can mean…large family gatherings, crowded shopping centers, parties, shaking hands, hugs and kisses all around! It’s a breeding ground for the spread of a variety of ailments that effect our respiratory systems.

You know what I’m talking about–runny noses, sore throats, bronchitis, asthma, coughs, and earaches.

Unfortunately modern medicine has made its attempt to fool many of us into believing that the simple, homemade remedies of days-gone-by are no longer beneficial. In fact, it is estimated that Americans spend nearly $4.4 billion on over-the-counter cold and cough remedies. Amazingly, there is no evidence to prove that many of these remedies have any effect at all.

Most of the commercially-prepared products we can buy actually set their aim on suppressing symptoms rather than preventing or curing them.

Homemade Remedies For Respiratory Illnesses

Medicine cabinets stocked with healing herbs from the garden, and pantries packed full with nutritionally dense foodstuffs, provide some of the finest curative powers that have been known for centuries–and have been proven to be easy on the wallet as well!

The Common Cold

  • The many benefits of homemade chicken broth are being researched and they are finding that the science behind this “old wives’ tale” is in fact an effect treatment for the common cold. Try this Garlicky Chicken Broth.
  • Enjoy a sandwich made of whole-grain bread (homemade is best), raw yellow onion, a half-inch of grated horseradish, one slice of cheddar cheese and brown mustard.
  • Use garlic, yellow onions, parsley, and thyme frequently in your cooking (thyme and parsley contain an extremely high amount of vitamin C).
  • Drink several cups of warm honey/lemon water daily.
  • Wash your hands.
  • Keep the indoor thermostat set at 68 degrees F or below.
  • Humidify the air with a stove top pan full of water, cinnamon and cloves. 


Sore Throat


  • Drink horehound tea.
  • Suck on Horehound Lozenges.
  • Drink chamomile tea (a natural antihistamine).
  • Add chamomile flowers to hot water and inhale the steam.
  • Incorporate raw, local honey into the diet.
  • Consume 1 tablespoon of white mustard seeds in water or molasses twice a day.


Fevers are often associated with respiratory illnesses. See Natural Treatment of Fevers.

-If there are symptoms of an earache, whip up some of this.

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DISCLAIMER: Please remember that I am not a doctor and have no authority to diagnosis an illness. The statements made here are simply my own opinion and have not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. These statements are not intended to diagnose, treat or cure or prevent any disease. This notice is required by the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. Seek the advice of your medical professional before using any of these remedies.


  1. Such good, back-to-the-basics ideas. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Jill@ says:

    Thanks for linking your great post to FAT TUESDAY. This was very interesting! Hope to see you next week!

    Be sure to visit on Sunday for Sunday Snippets – your post from Fat Tuesday may be featured there!

  3. Thanks for all these ideas. I take so much medicine for my migraines that I hate to take it for anything else.
    I am hosting a Best of 2011 blog hop and would love to have you come link up a favorite post.

  4. Paperchaser says:

    Two very simple and cheap things have got my environmental allergies, once severe, under nearly total control: nettle tea, and a hour of cardiovascular exercise every morning. I don’t have to mention the other benefits of a daily hour of cardio, and as far as frugal health fixes go it really should have been at the top of your list.

  5. Barbara says:

    My husband is sensitive to histamine. Can you recommend a source for capsules of chamomile? Are there any other naturally occuring antihistamines?

  6. I have a pot on the stove right now with cinnamon and cloves.

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