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If a cold or cough is making you feel miserable, try one of our cold remedies, made from ingredients readily available in your pantry or garden.401678606_2419c366c8_z (1)

Red Onion and Raw Honey Cough Syrup

This soothing and tasty cough syrup is a wonderful home remedy for adults or kids suffering from a cough.

Wash, peel, and slice an entire red onion horizontally. Lay the slices in a bowl alternating with brown cane sugar, stevia, or raw honey. Start with slices from the bottom of the onion, reconstructing the onion as you build the layers. Cover and let sit on the kitchen counter twelve to fifteen hours. You will have a cup or more of sweet syrup in the bowl. Take to fight infection, quiet your cough, and sooth a sore throat. Surprisingly, the syrup does not taste like onion.

Teas

  • Ginger Tea

Use fresh ginger, as dried ginger does not have the same beneficial properties. Wash the ginger root and peel off the tough skin. Cut the ginger into long, thin strips so that it will dissolve quickly. You can drop the ginger strips into a saucepan of boiling water, simmer it in a teapot, or use a tea ball and a cup of boiling hot water. The ginger root needs to steep for at least 20 minutes. Strain if necessary, add lemon, and honey if you wish. Ginger tea dries up a runny nose, helps expel phlegm from the respiratory tract, soothes the symptoms of a common cold, and may even speed up the recovery process.

  • Garlic Tea

Garlic is known as an immune system strengthener, as well as an antibacterial and antiviral herb. Fresh garlic tea is delicious when sweetened with raw honey. To make the tea, peel 2 to 3 cloves of fresh garlic. Lightly crush them with the side of a wide knife blade and add them to 2 cups of water. Bring the water to a boil, lower the heat and simmer for another 15 minutes. Strain to remove the garlic, add raw honey, a squeeze of fresh lemon juice, and a pinch of cayenne pepper. Let cool a bit before drinking.

Chicken Soup – An Antiviral

Chicken soup really is good for you when you have a cold. The healthiest chicken soup, of course, is homemade with plenty of fresh vegetables. Chicken soup stops the movement of inflammation-causing white blood cells called neutrophils. It also loosens nasal mucous secretions, easing congestion and cold symptoms.

Water for Hydration

When you have a cold, it is important to drink plenty of fluids to help break up your congestion, prevent dehydration, and keep your throat moist. Drink at least 8 to 10 eight-ounce glasses of water daily. Limit any drink such as cola and coffee, as caffeine can act as a diuretic and cause dehydration.

Steam to Ease Congestion

To ease congestion and help with a drippy nose, hold your head over a pot of boiling water and breathe the steam through your nose. Be careful and do not burn your nose. You can also use a humidifier if you have one. Another way to ease your congestion is to take a hot shower with the door closed.

Saline Rinse for Congestion

You can either purchase a saline nasal spray or make your own salt water rinse. Saline rinsing irrigates your nose, helps break up nasal congestion, and removes virus particles and bacteria.

  • Homemade Saline Rinse Recipe

Ingredients:

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

8 ounces of warm water

Mix ingredients together and use either a bulb syringe or a Neti pot, available from most pharmacies. If you are using a bulb syringe, lean your head over a basin, and gently squirt the salt water into your nose. When you do so, hold one nostril closed by applying light finger pressure while squirting the salt mixture into the other nostril. Repeat two to three times, letting the saline solution drain into the sink. Then treat the other nostril.

In addition to our home remedies for colds and coughs, you also should do the following to get well quickly:

  • Stay warm and rested – Staying warm and resting when you first come down with a cold or the flu helps your body direct its energy toward the immune battle. This battle taxes the body, so give it a little help by lying down under a blanket to stay warm if necessary.
  • Blow your nose often, but do it the proper way. It is important to blow your nose regularly when you have a cold rather than sniffling mucus back into your head. However, when you blow hard, pressure can carry germ-carrying phlegm back into your ear passages, causing earache. The best way to blow your nose is to press a finger over one nostril while you blow gently to clear the other.

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