One cold, dark night I made a late night trip to the store for a family cold. The house was filled with sniffles, congestion and coughs. I couldn’t order on Amazon, of course, and the health food stores were in the city.
We ran out of cranberries, and I had not replenished the elderberries, which is one of our typical treatment for colds and flu viruses. So, I ended up at the local Walmart, of all places, to find whatever remedies I could find in a pinch.
I looked for anything I could find that would help our household move past our cold experience quickly. I surprisingly found more natural remedies than I expected. You could even send your hubby to the store with a list and he would find them easily!
Natural cold and flu remedies I found.
Look in the tea section for boxed teas like Traditional Medecinals. Echinacea supports the immune system.
Peppermint tea bags for opening up the airways when used. Even peppermint hard candies can help with this.
Cranberry supplements, which help support the immune system can be found sometimes in the vitamin section. However, cranberry juice works nicely, of course, and is even a nice treat when steamed with cinnamon and cloves.
Raw honey, honey that has been unfiltered and unheated, contains many antiviral, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties.
I found a syrup in the ethnic natural remedies section and an herbal tea. Celestial Seasonings contains a cold remedy tea with elderberry.
Throat Coat Tea tea bags
Traditional Medecinals tea bags that contain licorice, slippery elm bark, marshmallow root, wild cherry bark, fennel, cinnamon bark, and orange peel.
Breathe Easy tea bags
Traditional Medecinals tea bags that contain licorice root, eucalyptus, fennel, Bi Yan Pian (a mixture of herbs), peppermint, calendula, pluerisy, and ginger.
Gypsy Cold Care Traditional
Medecinals tea bags that contain a mix of different herbs: elderberry flowers, yarrow, peppermint, hyssop, rose hip, cinnamon bark, ginger, safflower, clove and licorice.
Fresh oranges and lemons can be found in the produce section of a Super Walmart. Natural orange juice also works well.
Sometimes you can find ginger tea bags at Walmart. Or, purchasing fresh ginger root or ginger root powder can help settle stomachs when mixed with raw honey, or added to teas.
Fresh garlic, or garlic chopped and sold in jars contain many anti-bacterial and antiviral benefits for cold and flu.
Vitamin C and zinc
Check the vitamin section for Spring Valley supplements, such as vitamin C and zinc. (Immune boosters)
Look in the spices and baking section for cinnamon powder and/or sticks. Cinnamon is an anti-bacterial and anti-oxidant and can be added to teas or made into syrups with raw honey.
Mix cocoa powder (the real stuff, not hot chocolate) and raw honey to make a chocolate syrup.
Organic coconut oil
Coconut oil, preferrably, cold-pressed, naturally heals because of its anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties.
Since we live out a bit in the country and we have a Walmart, this list surprised me. What about you? Have you found other cold and flu remedies at Wal-Mart? Please share them with us.