Natural Remedies for the Common Cold

Cold season is nearly upon us and soon many of us will succumb to the dreaded runny nose, sore throat, sneezes and coughs.

Fortunately, there are many scientifically proven – and arguably delicious – natural remedies that can help boost immunity to fight against the common cold, both as a preventive measure and to help your body rebound quickly if you do get sick.

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Ingredients

Raw Honey

Raw honey is the epitome of the three A’s: antiviral, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory. It soothes a sore throat and coughing by reducing inflammation and calms the irritated mucus in the throat.

Take a couple tablespoons of honey plain or simply add it to a cup of hot herbal tea or lemon water.

Ginger

Ginger is also an excellent anti-inflammatory ingredient that helps fight against infection.

Make a ginger tea by steeping a 2-inch piece of fresh ginger (thinly sliced) in boiling water. Strain and add a tablespoon or two of honey if you’d like.

Bone Broth

Chicken noodle soup anyone? Bone broth is a classically rich source of healing minerals that help the body fight off colds.

Have a cup of it several times a day—it’s full of nutrients and easy to digest, so the body’s energy can go into healing.

Lemon

Lemon juice is a natural antiseptic and great source of citric acid. This helps to break up the mucus that causes a sore throat and helps kill bacteria or viruses in the throat too.

Make lemon water with raw honey to soothe a sore throat: mix one tablespoon each of fresh lemon juice and raw honey in a mug, and fill with hot water.

Raw Garlic

Garlic isn’t just good for warding off vampires. It’s super effective at preventing colds because of its antibacterial and antiviral properties Although it does taste good when cook, it has the greatest benefits when it’s eaten raw.

Since raw garlic can be harsh on some stomachs, feel free to mix it into your favorite salad or some hot soup.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar helps the body fight against viruses and bacteria. The minute you feel a cold coming on, take a tablespoon straight, mix it with water and/or honey, or add it to a salad dressing.

What You Can Make

Salt-Water Gargle

Say goodbye to sore throats with this simple cleansing method!

What you’ll need:

1 cup of warm water

1/2 of salt (preferably sea salt)

Dissolve the salt into the water and gargle it a few times a day.

Homemade Cough Drops

We know it’s easy to go to your local drugstore to pick up a bag of cough drops. But DIY-ing your cough drops ensures that they are as natural as possible. Plus, how many people can say that they make their own cough drops?

What you’ll need:

2 cups of water

1 lemon – cut into slices

2 tsp. of ginger or 2 slices of ginger root

1/2 stick of cinnamon

1 cup of local raw honey

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Slice the lemon into round slices and place them in a pan with water, ginger, and cinnamon. Bring to a boil and let simmer for 25 minutes.

Remove the lemon, ginger, and cinnamon. Add a cup of raw honey and stir well. Keep on medium-high heat until the syrup reaching 275 degrees F. Use a candy thermometer to test the temperature. Remove from heat and let the bubbles settle for a few seconds.

Using a spoon, drop dots of syrup onto a baking sheet. The syrup will harden fast, so do this quickly. Let the drops solidify for 5 minutes.

Hot Toddy

If you’re looking for something a little stronger than tea, a hot toddy after dinner is just what you need. It’s the perfect drink to help your immune system fight off any holiday ailments. It’s filled with ingredients that help soothe coughs, suppresses congestion and break a fever.

What you’ll need:

1 cup of hot water

3 whole cloves

1/4 lemon

1/2 cinnamon stick

1/2 oz of brandy

1 tbsp of honey

Pour the boiling water into a mug. Add the honey, the cloves, and the cinnamon stick. Let this mixture sit together until the water cools a bit. Add the lemon juice and brandy.

For a non-alcoholic version, use apple juice (no water needed).

Turmeric Milk

Now we know what you’re thinking, avocados aren’t cheap – but they are rich in natural oils and vitamins (see what we did there?) This hair mask will help to lock in moisture, protect hair follicles from environmental damage, and keep the ends from splitting.

What you’ll need:

1 ripe avocado

1/2 cup of milk of your choosing

2 tbsp. olive oil

1 jar of honey

2 drops of an essential oil of your choosing (optional)

Add the avocado to a blender (without the pit pls). Drop in the milk and honey and blend until smooth – but not super runny. Finally, add the drop of essential oil and blend again. Apply directly to dry hair and comb through. Let it sit for 15 minutes before rinsing thoroughly.

Why we love it: This hair mask doesn’t discriminate – as long as you have hair, it works wonders!