Natural Remedies For The Common Cold

We all hate one thing about winter – the chill in the air that is certain to bring this year’s cold and flu outbreak. You just know that you’ll get it at some point and probably know how it goes. Your nose will get stuffed, your throat sore and you’ll lose your taste for a few days as well. The runny (and red) nose, coughing and headaches are other symptoms you may experience during the winter’s flu outbreak and once you get it, you know that it’ll be a while before it fully passes. Yes, colds and the flu are the worst and to make things even worse, there are incurable as well.

This doesn’t mean that you can’t manage the symptoms – in fact, there are many natural ways to treat the symptoms of colds and the flu which work even better than cough syrups and similar drugs. Here’s what you need to do to accelerate your recovery and eliminate the symptoms:


Steaming is a great way of unclogging your stuffed nose – you can do this with a special face steamer or simply leaning over a pot of boiling water. Add a few drops of mint or eucalyptus oil for better effect – it will relieve the congestion in your sinuses and help you breathe easier.

Ginger tea

Ginger tea is a wonderful beverage during the winter – it will strengthen your immune system while relieving all the signs and symptoms of an influzenza outbreak. Just boil a few slices of ginger in a pot of water, then let the tea steep before adding a bit of lemon juice in. Drink 2-3 cups per day to soothe your sore throat, relieve your stuffed nose and treat all the symptoms of the flu.

Honey and onion

Onions have antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties which can clean your chest of phlegm while the honey soothes your sore throat. When combined, they create a powerful remedy which will easily treat your flu or cold. Chop a medium-sized onion or a couple of shallots, then add them to a glass jar and pour alternating layers of honey and brown sugar until you get to the top. Close the jar tight, then leave it overnight (at least 12 hours). In the morning, the jar should contain a liquid – drink one teaspoon of it a couple times per day to soothe the coughing and treat the symptoms of the infection.


Garlic has powerful antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties and is perfect for at least temporary relief from a sore throat. Crush a garlic clove and leave it for 15 minutes in a glass, then pour a bit of lemon juice and some honey over it and top the glass with warm water. Drink this remedy to get some much-needed relief from the sore throat.

Vitamin C

Adding vitamin C into your diet when you’re down with the flu is a great way of boosting your immune system and erasing all the symptoms of a cold or the flu. Vitamin C can be found in all citrus fruits as well as peppers and cabbage.


Radishes are a great natural remedy for flu and colds. They have antibacterial and antiseptic properties and can accelerate your recovery from the infection. Just add a few into your daily diet and you will become more resistant to both infections in the future.

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