Use Lavender to Make an Antiviral Cold Remedy
Edited by Ermin, Eng, Lynn
Common colds mostly occur in winter season. That's why most people call winter the seasons of flu and colds. Flu, otherwise known as influenza, is accompanied by common colds, runny nose, and sometimes fever. The worst thing is that it is contagious, and children in the family can easily get this illness. If you have kids at home, and one of your family members has a cold, do something quickly to prevent contagion at home. There are medications that you may buy over-the-counter, but these medicines are likely to leave negative side effects. Why not make a homemade herbal medicine instead, like one using lavender? Herbal medicines are typically safe to use, and to some extent, they can treat ailments and are sometimes even proven more effective than modern medications. So, are you ready? Here's a step-by-step method on how to prepare homemade lavender tea as an antiviral cold remedy:
Method 1: Lavender with mint and stevia leaves
- 1This will be your pack of homemade dried tea.Mix all the ingredients in an airtight plastic container.
- 2Pour some in a cup and mix it with hot water.
- 3Now you have your own lavender herbal tea for common colds, and serve.
Method 2: Lavender with black tea leaves
- 2Dried lavender leaves
Take note: The amount of dried leaves actually depends on how much you want to make.
- 1This will be your ready-made dried tea.Mix dried black tea leaves and dried lavender all together in a tea storage.
- 2from it and pour into a cup or a mug.Scoop 2 tsp.
Things to remember
- 1If you have lavender plants in your garden, then it would be great, because fresh lavender is a lot more effective. But, to make a herbal tea using it, you should pick some in your garden, clean them with water, place somewhere that is warm, and wait until they turn dry - this will take two to three days. When they are completely dried, take the florets out of the stems and remove the small blossoms as well.You must use lavender leaves and not the stems nor the florets.
Tips Tricks & Warnings
- Lavender florets don't taste good, and your children will likely not drink the herbal tea you make from them. You should only use the leaves and not the other parts of it.
- There is a possibility that your child may have an allergic reaction to lavender. Ask your doctor first before giving them lavender.
- Do not treat children below the age of 2 with lavender. Doctors don't recommend lavender, especially the oil, for treating colds in children, because it may poison them.
- Lavender can cause skin rashes for some people who have skin sensitivity to plants.
- Lavender alone has a very strong smell, so you may want to add other dried tea leaves to it to make the taste bearable.
Questions and Answers
Lavender tea for colds and flu?
Lavender tea is a good home remedy for colds and flu. Lavender has an anti viral properties which inhibit viruses. Dried lavender leaves could be mixed with other herbs like mint and stevia to help in the treatment of colds and flu. These will also add flavor to the lavender tea which has a strong scent.