We are in the middle of cold and flu season and if you didn’t had the chance to get a flu shot, you are exposed to viral infections of the upper respiratory tract.
Sore throat, cough, runny nose, headaches, bronchitis are some of the common cold symptoms. I can’t mention one being worse than the other, but I honestly admit that coughing is something that irritates me, literally. Especially when one of my beloved ones is suffering from common cold or flu symptoms!
In order to get fast relief from chest congestion (mucus and phlegm in the lungs) and to soothe cough is not necessarily to run at the doctor’s cabinet or the E.R. Some natural remedies are incredible effective in soothing chest congestion, cough, especially nighttime cough. As vinegar is used to lower fever, the same way garlic is used to relieve cough, chest congestion and to fend off seasonal ailments. Yes, garlic is known for its natural anti-bacterial effects due to allicin – the oily, slightly yellow compound found in garlic.
How to use garlic to treat cough and chest congestion in infants and adults
Raw garlic has incredible health-boosting properties, but obviously we can’t request our infants to eat a garlic clove. Of course, adults can easily take 1-4 garlic cloves per day to prevent common cold and flu. But, when it comes to infants, applying some garlic salve on their chest will ease common cold and flu symptoms.
Homemade Garlic Salve for Coughs and Colds
You Will Need:
- 8 garlic cloves garlic
- 1/3 cup coconut oil
- 10 drops of lavender oil
Combine the ingredients together in a food processor or blender. Blend for about 3 minutes, or until it is a perfectly smooth whipped butter of sorts. You may need to scrap down the sides of the food processor to get all the garlic completely worked into a paste. When it is finished, you will have a nice, smelly, salve.
Put into a small mason jar or other container and refrigerate.
How to use:
- Rub onto the soles of baby’s feet. Apply generously. Put socks on to help hold the salve in place.
- Rub on baby’s chest.
- Repeat every 2-3 hours until condition improves.