Natural Cold Relief

If, like so many people at the moment, you are suffering from a cold, try getting relief naturally. I would never tell you not to take vitamins, use over the counter medicines or see your doctor. Nor am I going to make any claims that would be backed by the government. I will however, tell you that, this is what my family uses for relief of a chest, head and throat cold and it works for us. I will also tell you that you should never try anything that is not approved by the FDA without study and knowing exactly what you are doing. CYB (Cover Your Butt) disclaimers out of the way, my family uses this tea recipe.


Wild Sumac. The poison names sake plant has white not similar berries, not red.

  • 1 cup dried wild Mullein leaves-ground (expectorant)
  • 1/2 cup dried wild Sumac Berries-ground (bright flavor, vitamin C)
  • 1/2 cup dried wild violet leaves-ground (pain reliever)
  • 1/2 cup wild if available, otherwise Organic Mint leaves-ground (stomach settler, nasal decongestant)
  • 1/8 cup wild Rose Hips-ground (spicy flavor, vitamin C)

    Violets are tough. You won’t likely find blossoms like this, but the leaves are under the snow.

    winter Mullein

    Mullein: Look for last years flower stalk. There won’t be any at the base, but look around. Move the snow aside and you should be able to find leaves under the snow.

I use a large coffee grinder to grind everything together. Use a teaspoon/cup of boiling water to steep in your favorite loose leaf tea steeper.  Let it steep for at least 5 minutes. Drink it as hot as you can comfortably. Aside from each plants recognized benefits, I believe there are little known micro nutrients that laboratories just can’t match. With the exception of the Mint leaves, these ingredients are available in the winter. Almost like God knew people would need them!

Rose hips

Rose Hips: Make sure that the bush has thorns. Know for sure what you have as there are other red berries that survive winter weather.

Sometimes you can find wild mint in sunny protected areas in early winter. Otherwise, get the Organic ones from the store.


This is Spring Wild Peppermint. It is one of the first greens to sprout in the Spring and hangs tough in the early winter.

Nature has a way of providing. Yes it does take some effort to harvest these ingredients, but for our family it is worth it. Besides, getting out in Nature is good medicine in of itself. Sitting around the house with your nose in electronics is not always the best thing, unless you are reading our website and checking out our services!


About Nature's Access

I am a Grandfather of nine and father of three. I have been married for 35 years. I am a veteran of the Army with eight years of service and one combat tour. I have a bachelors degree in History and Military Science. I love the outdoors. I am a proud Christian. I have many interest and love to research anything that I lack knowledge in. Wild edibles/herbal medicines and survival are passions of mine and I love sharing what I know.
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