You wash your hands, you stay away from others when they are sick, and you eat your fruits and veggies. You do all of these things, and yet those pesky viruses have still found a way into your body.
An unfortunately timed upper respiratory infection has attacked you like the common cold. Did you know adults get about 2 to 4 colds each year? Children are double that, getting on average 6 to 8 colds each year. That is a lot of sick people to try to avoid. No wonder you have landed yourself with a cold.
Regardless of statistics, your nose is a faucet, your throat is sore and scratchy, and your pile of tissues on the coffee table makes you consider becoming the world’s next Jenga champion.
You know you will get better eventually, but right now you would like some relief. Life doesn’t slow down when you are sick, and you are ready to start feeling better, like yesterday. Natural home remedies for the common cold are becoming increasingly popular since people are getting more serious about their health.
So go ahead, curl up on the couch with a blanket (you deserve to because you’re sick) and continue reading below to find eight ways you can eat your medicine. That’s right, eat it. (And technically drink it for some of them.) The best part about the following list of natural home remedies is the fact that most of these ingredients are already sitting in your kitchen.
8 Home Remedies for the Common Cold
Some of these remedies are old favorites that you might already know, but some might surprise you and become your next favorite cold go-to.
Honey is liquid gold. It is high in nutrients and enzymes which help kill the nasty cold viruses. Honey will coat your throat and help protect it from the extra mucus which is causing your throat to be sore. Honey can also be given to adults and children with sore throats before bed to help them sleep.
Best Ways to Eat Honey
- A spoonful of honey!
- Add honey to your tea
- 1 tsp lemon juice and 2 tsp honey. Take every 2 hours
Note: You should only give honey to children that are over 1 year old
Ginger has a long history in medicines, so what is so unique about it? Ginger has some essential medicinal properties like antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties. It will help your body fight off the infection.
Best Ways to Eat Ginger
- Eat raw ginger
- Ginger Tea
- Boil 2 cups of water
- Add 1 tbsp chopped ginger
- Cover and simmer for 5 minutes
- Take off heat for another 5 minutes
- Add a little lemon juice and honey, then enjoy.
3. Chicken Soup
Chicken soup and colds go hand in hand. Good thing it is delicious as well as nutritious. While you are slurping down this delightful soup, you are doing your body another favor. The soup is full of ingredients that help fight off the infection. So go ahead and have a second bowl, or third.
Best Ways to Eat Chicken Soup
- Homemade chicken soup using organic vegetables and chicken will provide you with the best ingredients
- Bowl and spoon
4. Red Onion
Yes, red onion. When you inhale red onion oils, relief from your cold symptoms might feel immediate. Also, since red onions are high in antioxidants, they can help your body fight off the infection.
Best Ways To Eat Red Onion
- Red onion syrup
- In a mason jar, alternate layers of a thinly sliced onion and raw honey. Repeat until the jar is full. Cover for 12-15 hours.
- Drink a spoonful of syrup often during the day for relief
5. Black Pepper
Black pepper contains piperine which is known to help open up the airways. That can help with breathing and reduce coughing. Since there is probably pepper sitting on your counter next to your stove, go ahead and add some to your next meal.
Best Ways to Eat Black Pepper
- Sprinkle on meal
- Gargle 1 tsp with warm water
- Smell it (just smelling pepper can help open up your airways)
Garlic is known to be antibacterial and antiviral which will help give your immune system an extra boost. Like pepper, garlic can help open up airways to make breathing more comfortable, but it can also flush out toxins from your body which will help you recover faster. (More on the healing benefits of garlic.)
Best Ways to Eat Garlic
- Munch on raw garlic cloves
- Garlic paste
- 1 crushed garlic clove, 2 tsp honey, 1 tsp cayenne pepper (or chili powder). Eat daily until your symptoms go away.
- Add fresh chopped garlic to your food
7. Turmeric Milk
Turmeric is known to have antioxidant, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory health benefits. Turmeric milk will help with not only coughing but also body aches and headaches.
Note: I suggest using unsweetened coconut milk…
Best Way to Drink Turmeric Milk
Cinnamon can help a scratchy and sore throat in addition to helping fight off the infection. Cinnamaldehyde is full of anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
Best Ways to Eat Cinnamon
- Cinnamon Tea
- Combine 1 tbsp powdered cinnamon, 2 cloves, and 2 cups boiling water
- Let it simmer for 15-20 minutes
- Strain, let it cool, and enjoy!
- For added benefits, and best results, add honey
There you have it: 8 home remedies for the common cold and upper respiratory infections.
Upper respiratory infections of any kind are never a welcomed experience. They are annoying, untimely, and they can make you feel miserable for days. People continue their daily lives feeling miserable until the cold goes away, but remember you will recover faster if you are taking care of yourself. Not only is it imperative to take care of yourself to get better, but it’s also important to take care of yourself, so you don’t get worse. A cold can turn into other more severe upper respiratory infections if untreated.
That means that you are getting proper sleep, drinking plenty of liquids, and eating and drinking foods that are high in antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Please, stay home from work you deserve to rest and get better. There are so many simple, symptom-relieving foods available that you can try above. Check your cupboards to see what you have on hand already and give one of them a shot. You might be surprised at how much better you feel.
Note: If you haven’t recovered in about two weeks or are catching colds frequently, it is time to check in with your doctor.