What keeps you up at night when you have a cold? Stuffy nose? Cough? Aches and pains?
I’ve gathered up some of my favorite natural cold remedies to help you! The best news is you can make these recipes easily with items found right in your pantry. Save money. Save time. Get better faster!
Last week I published a Turmeric Tea with Honey that has potent anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial benefits. It’s been a popular post. I’m sorry to hear there are lots of you sickies out there. To help get you on that road to wellness a little bit faster here are a few more of my favorite homemade remedies that are easy to make and taste great.
If you’re stuffed up and coughing, there’s nothing like a hot bowl of traditional chicken soup, right? Chicken noodle soup has been scientifically proven to help reduce upper respiratory cold symptoms. Scientists don’t understand why. Just know it works. And when you combine the soup with something spicy like Lee Kum Kee Sriracha Chili Sauce, it opens airways, and gets you breathing again. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Sriracha Chili sauce, it’s a Thai-style hot sauce made with red chilies and has a tangy, warm garlic accent. I like working with the Lee Kum Kee Brand because you can find it in most grocery stores. If you like spicy, and you got a cold, this sauce is for you!
My son Jeff calls this his Vitamin G. While not a vitamin, fresh garlic is known to stimulate the immune system. It actually has been proven to have anti-viral properties. Some people just eat it raw or make it into a tea. That’s not for me. I value my friends. And certainly not something you eat right before a date. Instead, just crush a raw clove and add to your soup. Here’s my prescription…
GET BETTER QUICK FORMULA: Chicken Noodle Soup + Sriracha Chili Sauce + Garlic = Bye Bye Cold!
Got a cough? Try a spoonful of honey. Studies show just 2 teaspoons of honey right before bedtime can quiet a cough and help you fall asleep. Rivals some of the best cough syrups! And it also has anti-bacterial properties, too!
Ginger is best known as a spice you add to stir fries and eat with sushi. But did you know that for centuries, people have been using it for its therapeutic properties? The active compound in ginger is called GINGEROL. Not to be confused with ginger ale! But this is why your mom probably had you drink ginger ale on occasion to help with nausea. But ginger is also a strong anti-inflammatory too so it helps reduce aches and pains. It’s also a great hang over cure. But I’m digressing…
Try adding freshly grated ginger to tea or soup. BUT my #1 favorite is ginger lemonade. Just make a cold glass of lemonade and add a tablespoon of grated ginger to the glass. Cool. Refreshing.