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 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:
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 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. 🙂
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.
(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?