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Kalina from flu and cold: how to use

Sometimes traditional medicine in its effectiveness is not inferior to modern drugs, and as part of complex therapy is used everywhere. Among the berries that help people cope with diseases, the most recognized and effective are cranberries, raspberries, sea buckthorn, black currants and viburnum. The latter is especially popular as an antiseptic, diuretic, choleretic agent and a cure for colds.


Medicinal properties of viburnum

Kalina is used in the treatment of chronic and acute diseases of both internal organs and skin. Due to the huge list of nutrients in all parts of the shrub, viburnum is successfully used in the treatment of hypertension and the cardiovascular system, liver and gastrointestinal diseases, with neuroses and stress conditions, dermatitis and gynecology. In addition, a large use of the berry found in the fight against diseases of the respiratory system and the common cold.

Who is friends with Kalina, that the doctor is not needed.

Yegorov I.V. Candidate of Biological Sciences

Cognitive magazine School of life.ru

Flowers of viburnum

Kalina Krasnaya is a shrub of the family honeysuckle or adoxaceous, with grayish-brown bark and a height of 1.5 - 4 meters

Kalina is recommended in the treatment of ENT diseases due to its healing properties:

  • the presence of antibacterial action carried by phytoncides - their content is high in fruits;
  • reduction of existing foci of inflammation;
  • rendering antiseptic effects;
  • getting rid of insomnia;
  • the presence of a general healing effect on the body as a whole.

Also viburnum is valued for the unique composition of nutrients:

  • the presence of anthocyanins in berries makes them strong antioxidants, which perform several functions at once:
    • anti-inflammatory;
    • stimulating;
    • increases resistance to harmful substances (function of adaptogens);
    • bactericidal and antiviral;
    • protective (increased immunity).
  • enrichment with vitamins and microelements:
    • vitamin A;
    • vitamin C;
    • iron (according to the content of this element viburnum overtakes citrus fruits);
    • vitamin E and others
  • content of useful organic acids:
    • caffeine;
    • valeric;
    • palmitic;
    • formic;
    • acetic acid
  • the presence of essential oils;
  • the predominance of valuable substances: tanning, viburnine (vasoconstrictor), beta-carotene (immunostimulant) and pectins.

What symptoms of cold are berry used to treat?

Viburnum berries

Viburnum berries contain a huge amount of nutrients that are completely exceptional in their properties.

With its many advantages, viburnum helps in the treatment of colds and flu, inflammation of the upper respiratory tract, tonsillitis and bronchitis, accompanied by the following symptoms:

  • increased body temperature;
  • pain in the throat;
  • unproductive or wet cough;
  • redness and sore throat;
  • hoarseness and loss of voice;
  • runny nose;
  • headache;
  • fatigue condition;
  • loss of appetite;
  • malaise.


Leaves, flowers, bark, roots, fruit pits and, of course, the berries themselves are suitable for use as a medicine. For greater effect of therapy, you should follow some rules for collecting viburnum.

Table: rules and terms of collection

Parts of the bush Time and rules of collection
Bark In April, side branches are cut from the bush, cross-sections are made on them and the bark is removed.
After drying, they are dried for 7–10 days to a state of fragility and stored for up to 4 years in a cardboard container.
Leaves Leaves and young shoots are recommended to be collected also in April, when the leaf is young and has the largest number of useful substances.
Flowers The inflorescences are collected during flowering (May-June), cutting off their tassels.
Fruits with pits Gather the berries in dry weather in September-October, cutting off the whole bunch.
The fruit is either dried at a temperature of 50 ° C, or frozen, or sent for processing (tinctures are prepared, sugarized, squeezed juice).

Video: red viburnum - collection, storage and use

Folk treatment recipes

It is possible to prepare from the viburnum as one-component medicines of traditional medicine, and to combine with other plants and beneficial ingredients.

Possible dosage forms

There are many options for the manufacture of medicines from viburnum, but the use of fresh berries is considered the best, since during heat treatment some of the nutrients are lost and vitamins are destroyed. But due to the fact that not everyone likes the fruits of viburnum because of the bitter specific taste, they are processed and sweetened. In the recipes below you can use both fresh berries, dry or frozen.

It is best to pick berries of viburnum after the first frost, then it loses some of the bitterness and becomes sweeter in taste. If the berry is harvested early, then it should be placed in the freezer for an hour and a half, it will artificially recreate the atmosphere of early cooling and the berries ripen to the desired state.

Before preparing any dosage form, you should carefully prepare the berries, flowers or leaves: wash, remove contamination, dry a little.


tea from viburnum

Tea with viburnum will help with colds and relieve cough


  • berries 3 tbsp. l .;
  • sugar 3 tsp;
  • boiling water 1 cup.


  1. Viburnum berries with a spoon knead to a state of mashed potatoes.
  2. Sugar is added to pounded fruits.
  3. Pour the mixture with the required amount of boiling water and mix until sugar is dissolved.

Tea should be drunk while still hot for 20–30 minutes before eating food, three times a day. Tea with viburnum is an antipyretic, it removes toxins from the body due to diaphoretic action.


Viburnum decoction

Viburnum decoction is used for headache and to increase appetite.


  • berries 8 tbsp. l .;
  • water 1 l.


  1. Berries are added to water and boiled for five minutes.
  2. After boiling the berries are drawn for another hour.

It is necessary to drink broth before each meal on 100 ml. Viburnum decoction is good to take during the epidemic of influenza and viral infections to prevent the disease, because this drink has antiviral and immunomodulatory effects.


Infusion of viburnum

Infusion of viburnum is valued for its high content of vitamins and is useful for chronic cough.


  • fruits of viburnum - 5 tbsp. l .;
  • viburnum flowers - 5 tbsp. l .;
  • hot water - 1 liter.


  1. Wipe the berries in the gruel using a sieve and move the flowers of viburnum there, mix thoroughly.
  2. Pour the obtained mixture with hot water (temperature about 80 0 С).
  3. Infuse the mixture for four hours in a warm place, then strain.

When coughing, it is recommended to drink 50 ml of the infusion half an hour before meals. When angina is worth gargling with the received agent in the amount of half a glass per rinse every two hours. This natural medicine from viburnum relieves irritation of the respiratory tract, relieves pain and greatly alleviates the condition of the patient.

Broth pits

viburnum bones

To relieve inflammation and relieve fever during a cold, use decoctions of viburnum seeds


  • stones of viburnum - 3 tbsp. l .;
  • boiling water - 1 cup.


  1. Bones of viburnum poured into a saucepan and pour boiling water.
  2. Boil the contents on low heat for 10 minutes.
  3. Broth a little cool and filter.

Bones are used as a diaphoretic for colds. The broth should drink hot at night, after taking cover with a blanket and go to bed.

Ground berries

Faded viburnum berries

Rubbed viburnum is good for restoring vitality after an illness


  • berries - 200 g;
  • sugar to taste.


  1. The berries are crushed with a blender or grater.
  2. To the obtained berry puree sugar is added and stirred until it is dissolved.

Frayed berries are consumed every evening for two to three months in a tablespoon to prevent vitamin deficiency and improve performance.

Bark decoction

Viburnum bark

Viburnum bark can both be prepared independently or purchased in a green pharmacy


  • viburnum bark - 7 g .;
  • boiling water - 1 cup.


  1. Take in the specified amount of harvested bark, pour into a pan and pour boiling water.
  2. Cook the bark on low heat for 30 minutes.
  3. After half an hour, turn off the heat and insist on the bark for another 2 hours.
  4. Chilled broth strain before use.

Broth bark is used in a tablespoon 3-4 times a day. Apply the product obtained in the treatment of bronchitis, tonsillitis and pharyngitis. In addition to ingestion, a decoction of viburnum bark can be used for gargling in case of respiratory diseases.


Viburnum tincture

Combined with other ingredients, healing berries of Viburnum become the strongest immunostimulant and an excellent tool to combat colds.


  • berries 700g .;
  • 0.5 liters of vodka


  1. Put the prepared berries into glassware, which has a hermetic lid.
  2. Pour the berries with a piece of vodka so that the fruits are completely immersed in the liquid.
  3. Cover the used container with a lid, transfer it to a warm and dark place for a day.
  4. The next day, you need to pour in the remaining vodka to the infusion being prepared and put it back in its place for another month.
  5. After the expiration of the tincture should be filtered from the berries.

The longer the viburnum will infuse, the greater the value of the finished product. Month - this is the minimum time for making tinctures.

Tincture should be taken in a tablespoon three times a day with meals. In addition to stimulating immunity, the remedy has a calming effect, eliminates insomnia and restores strength.

Leaf tea

Tea from viburnum leaves

Viburnum tea has anti-inflammatory effects.


  • fresh or dried leaves of viburnum - 3 tbsp. l
  • boiling water - 0.5 l.


  1. Fresh leaves of viburnum rinse in running water.
  2. Rinse the kettle with boiling water, pour leaves into it, close the lid and leave for 10 minutes.
  3. Steamed leaves pour boiling water and leave for 5–10 minutes.
  4. In the finished tea, you can add sugar or honey.

Drink this drink should be 4-5 times a day, both during a cold, and for the prevention of influenza during the epidemic. Cooked tea helps in the fight against viruses that cause respiratory diseases, as well as promotes recovery.

The juice

Viburnum juice

Viburnum juice has a mucolytic action, so it is used for dry cough


  • viburnum berries - 700 g;
  • sugar - 500 g


  1. The fruit of viburnum is passed through a juicer or they are pressed by hand, previously transferred to a dense gauze or sieve. Do not push the berries hard with a pestle, because if the skin of the berries is damaged, more bitterness is released.
  2. Squeezed juice mixed with sugar in equal proportions.
  3. They shift the mixture into glass jars and cork tightly.
  4. Banks are stored at a temperature of 0–10 0 С for six months, after which the juice can be taken orally. The longer the juice of Viburnum is infused, the sweeter is the finished product.

It is recommended to drink juice half an hour before meals for 50 g. Juice produced in this way is thick and rich, and contains the maximum amount of vitamins and trace elements.

If the juice is not mixed with sugar, then you get an excellent tool for the treatment of rhinitis. Viburnum berries have a vasoconstrictor and bactericidal effect, so the juice will have a high concentration of substances that are useful in the common cold. Method of treatment: 3-4 nots of viburnum juice should be instilled into each nostril twice a day.

Video: recipes with viburnum cough

Kalina in complex therapy with other folk remedies

The healing properties of viburnum can be enhanced or supplemented with a combination with other useful ingredients: herbs, plants, honey.

Kalinovy ​​infusion with onions

Kalinovy ​​infusion with onions

Infusion of viburnum with honey, onions and valerian mobilizes the body's defenses and helps to quickly cope with infection


  • 4 onions;
  • Honey 100 g .;
  • Kalina juice 100 ml .;
  • tincture valerian 10 ml.


  1. Peel, wash, grate the bulbs and squeeze the onion juice using a sieve.
  2. Make kalinovy ​​juice according to the previous recipe.
  3. Transfer the ingredients into a glass container in the indicated proportions and mix until the honey is dissolved.
  4. Cover the mixture with a lid and insist in a cool place for three days, stirring daily.

Infusion before drinking should be slightly heated or taken with hot tea, a tablespoon before meals. Kalina in combination with honey and onions is especially effective for getting rid of wet cough and hoarseness, because the berries have antitussive, and the remaining components - expectorant, which removes sputum from the bronchi.

Honey infusion

Kalina with honey is the most common remedy among medicinal forms using this plant. Honey is not only tasty, but also a healthy product that softens the tartness of the berries and gives Kalina a unique taste. Honey can be added to Kalina everywhere: in the decoction, infusion, juice, tincture, ground berries. You can dry viburnum, pre-dipping it in honey and thereby preparing a wonderful cold remedy for the winter.

When using honey, it is worth remembering that it cannot be added to high-temperature beverages to avoid loss of benefits and the appearance of toxic substances in it.

Kalina and honey

Kalina with honey especially helps with sore throat, headaches and inflammatory diseases of the lungs


  • berries of viburnum - 3 tbsp. l .;
  • honey - 2 tsp;
  • boiling water - 1 cup.


  1. Fresh or frozen berries should be filled with boiling water, covered with a lid and infused for an hour.
  2. Ready infusion pour honey and mix thoroughly until it is dissolved.

In angina, this remedy is taken 5–7 days, 200 ml, three times a day before meals. Kalina has a bactericidal and healing effect, helps to quickly heal a sore throat, relieve irritation and discomfort.

Video: viburnum and honey

Mint infusion

Kalina and mint

Infusion of viburnum berries and mint leaves is useful for any cold diseases as a component of therapy.


  • fruits of viburnum - 4 tbsp. l .;
  • mint leaves - 2 tbsp. l .;
  • boiling water - 1 cup.


  1. We put the fruits of viburnum and fresh mint leaves in a glass and press a little with a spoon so that they give juice. If dried mint is used, it is added after the berries have been crushed.
  2. Pour the mixture with boiling water, close the lid and insist for a quarter of an hour.

Drink this medicine should be hot three times a day, 100 ml. In case of bronchitis and pneumonia, the remedy is recommended as a supplementing main therapy with antibiotics, but not its replacement.

Kalina does not replace a full treatment for a severe cold; for a successful treatment, you should follow all the recommendations of the doctors.

Kalina with sugar

Adding sugar to viburnum is an alternative to honey for allergies to bee products. Fermented and candied berries do not lose their healing properties.

Kalina with sugar

If you mix viburnum with sugar, you get a wonderful expectorant, besides mobilizing the body to fight colds


  • viburnum berries 500 g .;
  • sugar 500 g


  1. Prepared fruits are poured with sugar and stirred.
  2. The resulting mixture is infused for two hours.
  3. When preparing for the future, the mixture is transferred to sterilized jars and sprinkled with sugar on top to avoid the appearance of fungus. Keep viburnum sugar should be in a cool place.

Candied viburnum is taken for flu and cold in a tablespoon three times a day.

Infusion of viburnum with wild rose and lemon

Kalina with lemon

With ARVI, the berries of the plant are useful for children and adults and are very widely used along with such well-known means as eucalyptus oil, propolis, lemon


  • viburnum fruits - 50 g;
  • rosehips - 50 g .;
  • lemon - 50 g .;
  • boiling water - 0.5 l.


  1. In the evening, rose hips and viburnum pour in a thermos and pour boiling water.
  2. Leave the mixture of fruits to insist until the morning.
  3. In the morning, drain the ready infusion, squeeze the juice from half a lemon into it and mix.

The finished product is well suited for the treatment of viral infections, maintaining the body during the disease. Half a liter of the infusion needs to be drunk in the course of the day in small doses, for the night again to start preparing a new batch and so on until recovery.

Features of use during pregnancy

Despite the high value of viburnum with colds, during pregnancy its use is contraindicated or very limited. This is due to several reasons:

  • viburnum causes the uterus to tone and can increase the likelihood of miscarriage;
  • the fruits have a vasoconstrictor effect that causes hypoxia in the fetus;
  • Kalina contains an increased dose of ascorbic acid and may provoke an allergic reaction in the expectant mother;
  • in fresh juice of viburnum there are special substances similar in composition to female hormones. The use of such juice in large quantities can provoke generic activity.
Pregnant is drinking tea with viburnum

During the period of carrying a child, the use of viburnum for the treatment of acute respiratory viral infections with the permission of the doctor leading the pregnancy

The doctor can only treat colds of viburnum in the second trimester, when the probability of miscarriage is minimal and is far from giving birth, but viburnum should not be fresh, only as a decoction or infusion, and the dosage of natural medicine used should be controlled.

Features of use in children

Kalina rarely causes allergies in children, so from six months of life, babies can be given juice diluted in half with water. You should start with one teaspoon, gradually increasing the dose to 50 ml at the age of 12 months.

From the year a child can eat Kalina in a processed form, for example, jelly and healthy jelly. From the age of one and a half years, you can begin to give fresh berries starting from one tablespoon.

Girl and viburnum juice

Medicinal extracts of viburnum act as antipyretic and successfully replace tablets for children.

For babies, the benefit of viburnum for colds lies primarily in saturation with vitamin C, because one berry already contains the daily need for ascorbinka. Kalina helps to strengthen the baby’s immunity and is widely used in pediatrics as an auxiliary component in the treatment of SARS, flu, colds, rhinitis, pharyngitis, tonsillitis, tracheitis and other ENT diseases.

Contraindications to the treatment of viburnum

Both in children and adults it is not always possible to use viburnum as a means of dealing with a cold. There are precautions when this berry should not be used in case of illness or its prevention.

It is necessary to abandon the use of viburnum:

  • hypotensive, because viburnum berries are popular as a medicine, lowering pressure;
  • kidney disease;
  • with increased blood clotting, thrombophlebitis;
  • gout;
  • with ulcer and gastritis, increased acidity;
  • pregnant women.

Also, due to the high concentration of vitamin C, it is dangerous to uncontrolled use of fresh berries, as this can cause the onset of kidney stones, as well as a disorder of the gastrointestinal tract and exacerbation of diseases associated with high acidity and blood glucose levels.

Reviews on the treatment of viburnum colds and infections

Once I made a jelly of viburnum. It's simple. She scalded berries with boiling water, rubbed through a fine sieve and squeezed the residue through gauze. Then boiled lightly with sugar. I do not remember, it seems 1X1. That year, I had a terrible sore throat. My husband was on a business trip and I could not get up. Therefore, she drank just tea with viburnum and crackers. The doctor was shocked when she saw that on the 4th day her throat was in order. So I recommend for colds and sore throats.



Tested on their own skin for several years and on the skins of households. Kalina in the freezer, she will still come in handy. Soaked your feet, froze or start the disease, take the viburnum from the freezer, defrost the pressure in the cup, throw away the bones, add 1 part of honey and 1 part of vodka to the juice of viburnum, heat on the steam bath and drink. In the morning no cold. Effectively in the initial stages of colds. I usually make half a cup of juice 1 table spoon of honey and 1 table spoon of vodka.

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Quickly cures a cold, especially a sore throat - fresh juice of viburnum with honey.



Many perceive Kalina as just a berry, and it is rather tasteless, and even nasty during heat treatment. Although in the literature and on many sites they talk about the beneficial properties of viburnum, it remains completely unpopular as a drug. And my husband and I discovered a very valuable property of this berry - it very quickly and effectively eliminates a cold cough. We discovered this by chance when we lived in Siberia. After the first serious frosts in early October, they gathered a whole bucket of “umbrellas”. Were picked at home. As I said, the heat treatment causes a frank stench, so they simply grind the berries with a blender and put sugar in them. It so happened that during a cold (I managed to get sick with my husband together, snot, the strongest cough), we were intensively treated with pills, rosehip honey, and garlic. The cold itself seemed to be cured, but coughing attacks were not released. My husband suddenly offered to try Kalina (we did it as we did, never opened it), no, not as medicine, but just to eat tea. And imagine, literally on the second day, the cough noticeably decreased, and after 3 days it stopped altogether.



We family Kalina drink at night to sweat with bronchitis, flu and severe colds. We take a jar of jam from viburnum and put 2–3 teaspoons on a cup of 250–300, then pour boiling water over it. At night, almost consistently punches for sweating.



If you have your own plot of land, then the bush of viburnum must be planted there. Indeed, in the offseason, everyone is so prone to colds, moreover, ARVI is increasingly encountered with seemingly unreasonable cough, and no pills really help, only time and money are spent on them. We also usually simply rub berries with sugar, we can put more sugar, put them in a glass jar and refrigerate. Then, if necessary, pour a couple of spoons of this mixture with warm water and drink as tea. The effect is not long in coming!



As soon as you notice that you are worried about the temperature and all the symptoms are similar to a cold or flu, immediately drink tea with viburnum and honey! The main thing that there was a lot of viburnum and honey, by the end of the day, there will be no symptoms, the next day you will feel as if nothing had happened. I tried it myself, it really helps!



I will share my recipes for colds. We make jam, make juice from viburnum and mix berries of viburnum with liquid honey. As you know, viburnum helps a lot with colds, especially when coughing, strengthens the immune system, normalizes blood pressure, is recommended for heart diseases and is generally very, very useful (I won’t remember the whole list of “usefulness”). When I collect Kalina, I always try. Berries should not be hard - but to the touch, like cherries, and the taste from different bushes berries have different tastes. I choose sweet or sweet and sour without bitterness. Jam: wash the berries - right in the hands, pick off, boil sugar syrup and pour berries on it. Sugar should be put to taste. Actually, the prescription is 1: 1, but I like sweet and sour, so I put 700-800 grams of viburnum per kilogram of viburnum (depending on the sweetness of the berries). Then jam is cooked for 3-4 days in the following way: 2-3 times a day (it is possible in the morning, at lunch and in the evening, or only in the morning and in the evening) berries are taken from the bowl with Drushlag, sieve, skimmer in a separate vessel, the syrup is boiled and berries are poured. And so all the time within 3-4 days. At the end, the jam with berries already brought to a temperature of about 95 degrees (so as not to boil, otherwise the berries burst and get separately, bones and skins), decomposed into sterilized jars and rolled. Juice: rub berries through a sieve, add sugar syrup (to taste), boil for 5 minutes and close. The juice turns thick, in the winter we put 3-4 tablespoons of juice in a glass, pour boiled water and get a very tasty vitamin drink. Kalina with honey: viburnum berries are poured with liquid honey in a ratio of 1: 1, I put it in half-liter jars, covered it with a nylon lid and kept it in a walker, it helps a lot with cold and tasty! I also made a couple of jars of juice — I rubbed berries through a sieve, then this juice (raw) was mixed in half with honey (thick juice and thick honey — such a thick, fragrant mixture was obtained) and also stored in a refrigerator under a nylon lid — they drank with a cough and cold by 1 tablespoon 4-5 times a day. Do not be ill! Yes, and also - last year my husband and I never zaprippovali and not caught a cold, although the flu and acute respiratory infections raged around, I think this is due to the fact that from October to April every weekend we go to the sauna, where we pour stones in the steam room a solution with different tinctures (mint, eucalyptus, juniper), breathe this steam, and another in the pelvis, where we wet brooms (birch and oak) add various essential oils (lemon, cloves, fir, etc.). From the steam room we jump into the pool with ice water, and again into the steam room. In between the steam room ladies make masks for the face, hair and all drink tea with lemon and various useful jams. None of us and our friends with whom we go to the sauna last year did not have a cold !!!



I make Kalina almost as much as Eugene, but only with honey. I pour out the cleaned viburnum into a liter bottle for 3 quarters, the last quarter is filled with honey, the darker the honey, the healthier. Keep on the windowsill, occasionally shaking. In a few days - a week, you can already get syrup - a very good vitamin, prophylactic and therapeutic agent for colds and neurosis in children. The child calls it "taste." 😀



In the absence of contraindications, in the autumn days it is worth stocking up viburnum for the successful treatment of colds in the winter and the prevention of beriberi in the spring. Kalina is not only a natural medicine, but also a tasty, natural and hypoallergenic product.


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