5 Home Remedies to Soothe Your Cold Symptoms

Cold season is upon us – have you dodged the germy bullet so far? If you’re struggling with uncomfortable cold symptoms, check out these natural home remedies to help give you some relief!

Just about week ago I was thinking proudly about how I’ve managed to stay healthy even as everyone around me gets sick. Of course, days later I woke up weak, feverish, and coughing with a runny nose. Serves me right for jinxing myself!

I’ve never been crazy about taking medicine. Since shooting some NyQuil didn’t sound ideal and sleeping for two days was off the table, I found some other ways to handle my sore throat, stuffy nose, and fever chills!

5 Home Remedies for Cold and Flu Symptoms

Image Credit (man with handkerchief): Creative Commons photo by Menage A Moi
Image Credit (chilis): Creative Commons photo by Unhindered by Talent

1. Cayenne Pepper Drink

This recipe is adapted from PopSugar.

This is not what I would call “a joy to drink,” but if your nose is stuffed up, it is sure to clear things out!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup
  • 3/4-1 teaspoon dried cayenne pepper (start with 3/4, then add more if you can handle the extra heat)
  • 1-2 tablespoons lemon juice

Directions

Heat the water up in your kettle, then add the remaining ingredients, stirring to mix it up really well. While it’s still steamy hot, breathe in the steamy, spicy vapors.

Then, when it’s cool enough, drink up! You want to wait for it to cool off some, because this is not a sipping drink. Just get it down in a few gulps, if you can.

 

5 Home Remedies for Cold and Flu Symptoms

Image Credit: Creative Commons photo by Happy Krissy

2. Salt Water Gargle

Whether it’s from post-nasal drip or just plain nasty germs, a salt water gargle can give you some relief. If your throat is very dry, though, you don’t want to use salt. For that problem, see the vinegar gargle recipe below this one.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 cup water

Directions

Heat up the water in your kettle, then stir in the sea salt. When the mixture is cool enough to handle, gargle with about 1 tablespoon every couple of hours to relieve that sore throat.

3. Vinegar Gargle

Has all that coughing left your throat feeling raw? A vinegar gargle can make a big difference! Here’s how to mix up your own!

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup warm water

Directions

Combine the vinegar and water, and gargle 1-2 tablespoons of the mixture every couple of hours.

 

5 Home Remedies for Cold and Flu Symptoms

Image Credit: Creative Commons photo by tamburix

4. Red Onion Cough Syrup

An onion syrup might not sound appetizing, and I will admit that you will probably not crave this after you cold is over. But if you have a nagging cough and can’t get relief, this can be really helpful.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 of a red onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar

Directions

Toss the ingredients together well in a bowl that has a lid. Cover, and let it sit on the counter overnight.

In the morning, the onion will have released liquid, which mixes with the sugar to create a syrup. Take by the tablespoonful to soothe your cough.

 

5 Home Remedies for Cold and Flu Symptoms

Image Credit: Creative Commons photo by Jason Sandeman

5. Immune-Boosting Garlic Toast

The best way to beat cold symptoms is to beat the cold, and raw garlic is full of micronutrients that help your immune system fight those nasty viruses. You can add raw garlic to anything, really, but this toast method was the most palatable to me when I was sick. Two to four cloves of raw garlic per day for the first couple of days that you’re sick can really help reduce your illness’s duration!

Ingredients

  • 1 slice of good, wheat bread
  • 1 tablespoon Earth Balance or butter
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

Directions

Toast the bread, then spread evenly with the Earth Balance and garlic cloves. It’s a little tricky at first, but once the heat from the toast starts melting the Earth Balance, everything should combine and spread easily.

 

460 comments

Susan M.
Susan M.9 days ago

God bless Doctor Okoh for his good works. I'm happy to be here to testify about doctor okoh he was the one who was able to cure me from herpes with his herbal medicine. I was once herpes positive and today complete it 1 year and 6 months that my Herpes test result wass confirm as negative after using doctor okoh herbal medicine. Doctor okoh has cure to all manner of diseases, he saved me from Herpes disease, I went through different website I saw different testimonies about doctor okoh. I also read on how Doctor okoh cured an HIV patient another Hepatitis and i was wondering why people still suffering of disease when there is solution, I thought of it then i contacted Doctor okoh via email, he replied me and ask me some questions, I answered him and he prepared a herbal medicine and sent to me with directions of how i will use it, i took the medicine for a period of days as directed by doctor okoh and I went for a medical test a week after i finished the Herbal medicine. When my test result came out it was tested HERPES TYPE-2 negative, my doctor was wondering he could not believed how it happened because he believes that there is no cure for HERPES, he was really surprised so he requested for Doctor okoh Contact Email: drokohspelhome@gmail.com and phone number Whats-app: +2348153089532 for him to collaborate with him to heal His patient. if you are HIV, HERPES, WARTS positive do not lose hope, stop taking Government free medication that gives you no hope of total cure and co

Joanne p.
Joanne p.18 days ago

Ty

Joanne p.
Joanne p.18 days ago

Ty

Rose Sharon W.
Rose Sharon W.18 days ago

God bless Dr.okosodo for his marvelous work in my life,my name is rose
sharon I was diagnosed of HERPES since 2012 and I was taking my
medications, I wasn't satisfied i needed to get the HERPES out of my
system, I searched about some possible cure for HERPES i saw a comment
about Dr edidia how he cured HERPES with his herbal medicine, I contacted
him and he guided me. I asked for solutions, he started the remedy for my
health, he sent me the medicine through UPS SPEED POST. I took the medicine
as prescribed by him and 14 days later i was cured from HERPES, Dr.edidia
truly you are great, do you need his help also? Why don't you contact him
through dredidiaherbalhome@gmail.com and you can also contact me to
know more about him on my email rosesharon915@gmail.com DOCTOR EDIDIA
CAN AS WELL CURE THE FOLLOWING DISEASE:- 1. HIV/AIDS 2. HERPES 3. CANCER
4. ALS 5. Hepatitis B 6. Diabetes Athrux, scabies

Betty T.
Betty T.about a month ago

I am from NewCastle Australia,, I was diagnosed of Emphysema in 2013 and I have tried all possible means to get cured, i even visited pulmonologist but all to no avail, until i saw a post in a health forum about a herbal doctor from Africa who prepare herbal medicine to cure all kind of diseases including Emphysema, at first i doubted if it was real but decided to give it a try, when i contacted this herbal doctor via his email he sent me the Emphysema herbal medicine through courier service, when i received this herbal medicine, he gave me step by instructions on how to apply it, when i applied it as instructed i was totally cured of this deadly disease within 12-14 days of usage, if you are suffering of this diseases you can as well Contact this great herbal doctor via his email drlusandaherbal@gmail.com

Jeanne Rogers
Jeanne Rogersabout a month ago

Thank you for sharing.

Andrew H.
.1 months ago

Special thanks to God almighty for using Dr Oyekpen in curing my Herpes virus. This disease started circulate all over my body and i have been taking treatment from my doctor, few weeks ago i came on search on the internet if i could get any information concerning the prevention of this disease, on my search i saw a testimony of someone who has been healed from (Hepatitis B and Cancer) by this Man Dr Oyekpen and she also gave the email address of this man and advise we should contact him for any sickness that he would be of help, so i wrote to droyekpenherbalhome@gmail.com telling him about my (HERPES Virus) he told me not to worry that i will going to be cured!! hmm i never believed it,, well after all the procedures and remedy given to me by this man few weeks later i started experiencing changes all over me as the Doctor Rashford assured me that i have cured, after some time i went to my Dr to confirmed if i have be finally healed behold it was TRUE, So friends my advise is if you have such sickness or any deadly disease you can email droyekpenherbalhome@gmai.com call/Whatsapp +2348168257144 Goodluck.

Lizy E.
Lizy E.1 months ago

Good Day everyone, just want to share my experience here so you all should be more careful when contacting any herbalist for solution cos majority of the testimonies are fake and were the ones that fooled me.

they all uses the same local code number (+234) cos i have been screwed by some of them.

My Husband was suffering from Hsv for years and i went everywhere to get useful information that will help cure or suppress the disease.

then i came across testimonies of those that took my hard earn money without any useful information or cure but they keep telling stories.

about two months ago, a new staff was employed in my place of work and when He heard about my Husband Disease He was so remorseful and told me about Dr Emmanuel.

but i felt it was still one of those Internet guys so i didn't call or text Dr Emmanuel. later that week, He asked me if i`ve heard from Dr Emmanuel and he gave me proof and reasons to try.

well, lots of thanks to Dr Emmanuel cos as im writing this message, my Husband is CURED through the herbs that Dr Emmanuel sent to us.

so after my experience, i decided to save some people from falling to the hands of SCAMS.

thx for your time and if you require the service of Dr Emmanuel, you have to reach him via email: traditionalherbalhealingcentre@gmail.com

you can also reach me on +1(862) 260-4433

http://www.petition2congress.com/19268/alternative-treatment-herpes/............

Precy K.
Precy Kathy2 months ago

I give all thanks to Dr Stanley for helping me to cure my Herpes virus problem which i have been going through for the past 3years, i really tried many prescribed medicine but could not work for me till i was privileged to meet this Dr. Stanley who helped me with a positive solution and cure my herpes with herbal remedies. You can also be cured if you are suffering of any types of HERPES by contacting Dr. Stanley via drstanleyherbalhome@gmail.com

Precy K.
Precy Kathy2 months ago

I give all thanks to Dr Stanley for helping me to cure my Herpes virus problem which i have been going through for the past 3years, i really tried many prescribed medicine but could not work for me till i was privileged to meet this Dr. Stanley who helped me with a positive solution and cure my herpes with herbal remedies. You can also be cured if you are suffering of any types of HERPES by contacting Dr. Stanley via drstanleyherbalhome@gmail.com