Colds, coughs, and sore throats are common ailments which can be quite miserable.
Although expensive over-the-counter remedies often have little effect on the symptoms which accompany these conditions, many natural remedies can usually provide relief. Some of the necessary ingredients may be in your cabinet already.
To experience fewer colds, many people have found that adding both raw garlic and echinacea to their daily routine gives excellent results.
Natural Home Remedy for Cold
Try one of these natural remedies to ease a cold already in progress:
- Add one to two teaspoons of powdered cloves, ginger, licorice, basil, or cinnamon to your meals.
- Make a tea using a cup of hot water, a bit of clove powder, and one-half teaspoon of each of the following: fennel seeds, ginger powder, and cinnamon. Let steep for at least five minutes, and drink throughout the day. If you are on an aspirin regimen, you should know that ginger may also thin the blood, so be more cautious with the amount of tea consumed.
- Include large amounts of raw garlic, nature’s antiseptic, in your recipes.
Natural Home Remedy for Cough
Because honey is moisturizer for a dry throat, it is often used in home remedies to relieve coughing. The following mixtures can be especially calming for an annoying cough:
- Mix a drop or two of brandy with honey and take to control the urge to cough.
- Combine a teaspoon of honey with eight ounces of grape juice and drink as needed.
- Blend one teaspoon of honey with one teaspoon of fresh onion juice; use as needed to soothe cough.
- Add a tablespoon of honey and a tablespoon of poppy seeds to eight tablespoons of coconut milk. Use before retiring to calm night-time coughing.
- Combine equal parts of honey and lemon juice; take a teaspoonful every twelve hours.
- Chew some fresh ginger with a little salt on it.
Natural Home Remedy for Sore Throat
After first confirming that strep bacteria are not involved, one may choose to treat the pain of a sore throat with any of the following natural remedies:
- A mixture of honey and ground lotus seeds taken periodically throughout the day
- Sucking on acidic fruits like oranges, grapefruit, or lemons
- A combination of a half teaspoon of table salt with a quarter teaspoon of honey and ground turmeric
- Gargling with a mixture containing equal parts of peroxide and water
- Taking a tablespoon of vinegar with a tablespoon of honey when symptoms first appear