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Feb 05 2014
3 years ago
10:24 AM MDT

5 Ways to Soothe a Cold Naturally

Feb 05, 2014 @ 10:24 AM MDT
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How to Soothe a Cold Naturally Hip2Save

Being sick is the worst isn’t it? We’re right in the midst of a terrible cold and flu season and it seems like everyone is coughing and muddling through it. One Hip2Save reader recently asked if I had any cold remedies that truly work so today I’m sharing five easy ways to soothe those awful cold symptoms naturally.

My mother-in-law swears by apple cider vinegar as a natural antibacterial agent and recently shared with me the idea of making a warm drink using it along with honey as a natural way to soothe a sore throat. I’ve tried it several times because I often get a sore throat due to allergies, and it really is very soothing! Plus, the honey makes it easier to drink the vinegar. For best results, use a high quality organic raw honey and an organic apple cider vinegar like Braggs. Organic raw honey retains more vitamins and antioxidants. I found both these items at my local natural food store.

Apple Cider Vinegar & Honey Drink for colds Hip2Save

Apple Cider and Honey Drink (for sore throats):

Mix a few tablespoons of apple cider vinegar with warm water, honey, and lemon. Sip on this like you would hot tea – it really does calm a sore throat!

Homemade Cough Syrup

Homemade Cough Syrup:

Try soothing a cough by simply taking 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and 1 tablespoon of natural raw honey. We use this with my kids instead of cough syrup and it does work. (As always, consult your doctor and never give a baby under the age of one honey.)

Coconut oil and honey syrup for a cold Hip2Save

Coconut Oil Winter Throat Soother:
(Recipe from Complete Organics
)

Did you know Coconut oil is a natural anti-inflammatory? Combine 1 teaspoon honey, 1 teaspoon coconut oil, and the juice of 1 lemon. Microwave for just 20 seconds to melt – it tastes very yummy and is very soothing. I really liked the taste of this one especially if you can’t handle vinegar in the recipe above. 🙂

sore throat ginger tea

Ginger Root & Honey Drink:
(Photo and idea from Every Day Roots)

Try boiling a piece of ginger root and then drink with honey.  I haven’t tested this yet, but I personally love the taste of ginger and know that it helps with nausea and digestive issues.

Garlic Honey | Healthy Green Kitchen

Garlic Honey:
(Idea is from Healthy Green Kitchen)

Garlic has been known as a powerful immune booster and so many people swear by it! I love the idea of honey infused garlic to make it easier to eat raw.

So now it’s your turn! How do you relieve cold symptoms naturally?

Written by Lina for Hip2Save. Lina is a proud mom of 2 small kids who loves photography, all holidays, cooking, thrift store makeovers, bargain shopping, and DIY makeovers. Her goal is to create a beautiful life and stylish home on a dime! To see all of Lina’s recipes created just for Hip2Save, click here.

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