5 Natural Remedies for the Common Cold

Since I have had my own fair share of sickness in the part week, I promised to write a post sharing the top natural remedies I use at home whenever I feel a little under the weather.

Tea + Ground Pepper + Honey (Cough)

You'll need:

  • I cup green tea
  • Dash of ground pepper
  • 1 spoonful honey

Simply make a cup of tea with honey and add pepper to it. You can use any kind of tea, however I suggest using green tea because it is revitalizing. I drink this combination every time cant seem to stop coughing. It relieves my coughs for one-two hours and then I make another cup. The best part about this is that you cant even taste the pepper in it.

Ginger Root + Cinnamon + Lemon + Honey (Sore Throat)

  • 1 Ginger Root
  • 1 stick cinnamon
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 spoonful honey

Peel the skin off of the ginger root and cut it up into small pieces. Put the ginger into a pot of water with cinnamon and bring the water to a boil. Once its boiling turn it to low. The ginger and cinnamon will infuse into the water, so you'll be able to scoop the water into a cup, squeeze some lemon into it, add some honey, and drink it. The bite of the ginger feels sharp on the throat while the warm water soothes it. it I usually drink from the tea throughout the day and add more boiling water to the mixture when needed.

Epsom Salt + Bath (Body Aches)

You'll need:

  • 2 cups Epsom salt
  • A hot bath

While the bathtub is filling, pour at least 2 cups of Epsom salt into the water. Soak in it for 20 minutes to relieve muscle aches. I like to do this whenever I have fever, chills, and body aches. You can buy plain Epsom salt or scented Epsom salt like Lavender.

Water + Salt (Mucus)

You'll need:

  • 8 oz water
  • 2 tbsp. salt

Mix the salt into the water and gargle periodically throughout the day. It helps to break down mucus so your throat isn't blocked up with all day long. I know salt water is sort of an obvious one, but some people are not aware of it's effect on mucus.

Rosemary + Steam (Stuffed Nose)

You'll need:

  • 1 Pot of boiling water
  • 2 drops of rosemary essential oil
  • 1 towel

Put 2 drops of rosemary oil in a pot of boiling water and sit down with it at a table or on the floor. Put a towel over your head and pot and breath normally until the water is no longer warm. This will help to relax the build up in your nose and completely drain your sinuses. 

For more home remedies I would suggest buying the book Medicinal Plants at Home book from Amazon. I shared a link to it on my External Links page. It's only 12 dollars and is filled with over one hundred safe and effective remedies that can be used on your body at home or even while you travel. Its my go-to resource for any home remedy because so many of them are not listed online.