Natural Home Remedies: The Common Cold

Research has discovered thousands of healing nutrients in the foods that we eat every day. Clinical researchers at leading universities have found that the naturally occurring properties in foods have the healing powers to cure common ailments, with minimal risk of side effects, and without paying the enormous cost of prescription drugs. Home remedies work quickly and safely and is generally effective for people who use them.

When you catch a cold the virus attaches itself to the mucous membranes of the nose and throat and essentially hijacks the cells that live there, forcing them to replicate more virus cells.

When your body tries to fight off the virus the symptoms pop up, like coughing, sneezing, a sore throat, general congestion and mild fatigue. Remedies are aimed at easing these symptoms to help keep you comfortable while your stalwart immune system battles the virus away. Some parts of the eastern culture are becoming more health conscious and are taking a more holistic approach to medicine. Below are some ideas to help ease some of the those symptoms.

1. The Classic Cure. One of these classic home remedies for colds is comprised of three familiar ingredients- garlic, lemon, and honey. You can combine them in more involved ways if you wish, but this recipe is about as simple as it gets.

You will need…

-1 medium clove of garlic

-1 lemon

-1 teaspoon of honey

-Warm water


Crush up the garlic clove and place it in a glass along with the juice from the lemon. Top it off with the honey (you can add more to taste if you like) and then top it off with warm water. Give it a stir, and then drink entirely. Repeat 2-3 times a day for the duration of your symptoms.


2.Natural Cough Syrup. Just about anyone you ask about a natural remedy will tell you that honey has a multitude of health benefits. Honey is very soothing for a sore, scratchy throat. It can help calm a tickling cough, too. Thyme contains thymol, which has healing properties and is a powerful antimicrobial that is particularly good for respiratory and bronchial infections.

You will need….

-2 cups of water

-3 Tablespoons of fresh thyme

-1/2 cup of honey


Boil 2 cups of water in a pan. Remove from heat and add 3 Tablespoons of fresh thyme. Let steep for at least 10 minutes, or until cool. Stir in the honey. Continue stirring until dissolved. Strain out the thyme, if desired, and transfer to a glass jar. Keep refrigerated for up to 2-3 weeks.


3. Bath Salt. (OMG…no, not those). Making up a blend of scented bath salt is a wonderful way to ease a tired, sick, body and clear up congestion. It’s the perfect thing you need when you’re trying to get over a nasty cold, especially if you happen to be stricken during the frigid winter months.

You will need…

-1 cup of Epsom salt

-3 drops of eucalyptus essential oil

-3 drop of peppermint essential oil

-3 drops of lavender essential oil

-A small dish for blending

-A glass airtight container, or a PET plastic one


Pour the salt into your container and, in a different dish, blend the essential oils. Add the oils to the salt and stir thoroughly with a spoon. When taking a bath fill the tub half way, add 2-3 tablespoons of salt, and fill it up the rest of the way. Breathe deeply and relax!


4. Elderberry Soup. Sometimes the list of ingredients and the process can deter people, but it really is a lovely remedy-and delicious to boot. Elderberry is great for anything cold related, as it lessens inflammation of the mucous membranes, allowing you to breathe better and relieving congestion. Be sure to only use what is commonly called black elderberry (Sambucus nigra), as other members of the family can be toxic. Do not eat raw elderberries in any form.

You will need…

-a generous 1/2 cup of dried elderberries

-3 cups of water

-A generous 1 cup of honey

-Mason jar




Put your berries and water in the saucepan and bring the water to a boil. Reduce the heat and let it simmer for 50 minutes. Strain the liquid through a strainer, making sure to use the back of a spoon the push any extra liquid out of the berries. Add one heaping cup of raw honey to the liquid once it has cooled to roughly room temperature and stir until it is combined thoroughly. Bottle and store in the refrigerator for up to 3 months. Take 1 tablespoon daily to prevent illness for adults and 1 teaspoon daily to children old enough to safely have honey. If you have a cold, take the dosing every 3-4 hours until recovery.


People enjoy making something useful to use instead of paying for expensive over-the-counter drugs that can have dangerous side effects. Humans through out history have relied on natural remedies before the invention or modern medicine and synthetic drugs. Most common ailments have known treatments with ingredients found in your own kitchen.

As you research a natural cure for your particular ailment, you will see that there are many proven home remedies to cure many common ailments. Experiment with different natural remedies to find the ones that work best for your condition. You don’t need to only rely on drugs that are potentially damaging for your body and can cost you a lot of money to treat all your ailments when home remedies using natural herbs, spices and foods are all around you right at your home kitchen that saves you money and is good for your body.




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