Are you feeling under the weather, but it's not serious enough to go to the doctor? Don't get caught up with a cold or allergy problems this year with these herbal remedies.

Herbal remedies aren't necessarily a cure-all, but they use natural ingredients to help ward off the first symptoms of a cold or allergies.

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Maramia Tea

Majdulina Hamed, a freshman international and global studies major, explained what Maramia tea is and how he uses it as a home remedy.

"Maramia tea is beneficial in coping with stress," Hamed said. "It clears the respiratory tract, makes a good gargle for sore throats and helps overcome colds."

Not only that, but it is fairly easy to make, he said.

"You boil water with sage and mint and then you add either honey or lemon when you're finished," Hamed said. "I prefer the tea that way."

Other ways Maramia tea helps is with night sweats. Maramia means sage in Arabic and originates from the Mediterranean. It has been used ancient times to ward off evil and increase fertility.

The ingredients can be found at local grocery stores. Fresh sage and fresh mint cost about $2 each.

Lemon juice and honey can vary in cost from a few dollars to almost $10, depending on the brand and if it is organic or not.

Jamaican Garlic Tea and Ginger Tea

Hillary Dunkley, a freshman biochemistry student at Valencia, explained the home remedies she knows that stem from her Jamaican roots.

"I make garlic tea to help boost the immune system and to help clear out extra mucus," Dunkley said.

This tea is fairly easy to make, but it has a strong taste because it is made from garlic.

"You steep the garlic in hot water," Dunkley said.

After the garlic is done steeping, you pour the water into a cup and drink it.

Another tea Dunkely mentioned was a ginger tea.

"I recently settled on a concoction of turmeric, hot water, agave or honey, lemon juice, ginger and basil," Dunkley said. "It's another remedy I know."

Buying the ingredients fresh is better, but some ingredients such as fresh ginger can cost up to $8 for the root.

A cheaper way to get the same ingredients are to buy powdered or dried versions such as ginger powder and dried basil.

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Essential Oils

Kayla Deskins, a sophomore double majoring in psychology and Spanish, uses essential oils to help curb her allergies.

"I use a mix of three drops each of lemon, lavender and peppermint essential oils," Deskins said. "Then I mix a tablespoon of honey and swallow it."

Deskins found out about the essential oils on a homeopathic allergy remedy website.

She said that the ingredients typically cost about $10 per bottle.

The oils can be bought from natural-foods stores and from places like GNC or the Vitamin Shoppe.

She uses this mix to help with her airborne allergies to dust, pollen, cat dander and others.

"I used to be a sniffling mess, couldn't go anywhere without a box of tissues," Deskins said. "Two weeks of using this stuff and I'm totally fine, except for the occasional sneeze."

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