This post of Natural Remedies For Colds is a list that I have compiled of my best go to moves for natural ways to fight a cold or even flu symptoms right in your own home.
We have all been there. We start to feel a bit down and then slowly the symptoms begin to creep up on us. Next thing we know we are headed to a store, sick and in need of some relief from the discomfort. One of the best parts of home treatments that work are not only that most are perfectly natural and effective. But you can make them yourself and with little ingredients you likely have on hand.
You also know exactly what is in them. I wanted to share some of the remedies I have used over the years to help alleviate some of those pesky symptoms that come with having a cold or even the dreaded flu. These of course are not to be used as an alternative to medical care but are great for helping ease our symptoms in the meantime.
Natural Chest Rub Recipe for Congestion and Cough
This is a great natural alternative to vix vapor rub and takes just a few minutes to mix up. You can find the full recipe here. Or watch the step by step video instruction below.
Salt Water Gargle for Sore Throat
This one is an oldie but goodie. It is a simple method to help soothe a sore throat. By taking a teaspoon of salt and dissolving it into an 8 oz glass of warm water to create a gargle. Then standing over sink area, take a bit in the mouth and gargle. Repeat until the entire mixture is gone. You can do this 3 x a day for symptoms.
Hot Water with Honey
Honey has many amazing benefits but a major one that aids in respiratory infections. Honey has antimicrobial and antioxidant properties that have been used help fight off a cough. Drinking the hot water and honey mixture also helps clear away mucus and is very soothing. Warm water is a great way to keep the body hydrated as well.
Homemade Saline Solution
Having a clogged nose is no fun at all. Thankfully, making a nasal solution is simple. Combine 1/2 tsp baking soda with 1/2 tsp of a non iodized salt into an 8 oz glass of distilled or filtered water. You may need to warm the water up a bit in order for the salt to dissolve. Once combined allow it to cool. Then pour it into a nasal device and use as you would a saline rinse. This solution can be stored for up to 3 days in a cool dry place.
A method that has been used for centuries to relieve congestion or a stuffy nasal passage is steam. Fill a large bowl of water about half way and place on a solid surface like a table. Lean over the bowl and put a towel over your head like you’re forming a tent. Breath the steam in deeply for several minutes to help relieve symptoms. You can opt to add a few drops of essential oil to help increase the impact of the steam treatment. See essentials oils below.
Essential Oils Eucalyptus, Lavender, Peppermint
Adding a few drops the steam bowl of either one of these essential oils is another great method. Peppermint and Eucalyptus essentials oils have been known to promote clear breathing and open airways. Peppermint is also a great alternative to aspirin when treating a headache. Topically you can apply peppermint to the temples and behind the earlobes to help ease the tension from a headache often a side effect to a cold. Be cautious when applying as you don’t want to get it too closely to your eyes.
Lukewarm Baths or Showers for Fever
An old way to help break a fever is to soak in a lukewarm bath or take a lukewarm shower. It is a misconception to take a cold one. The lukewarm one will drop your temperature without dropping it too quickly.
A great remedy that has also been used for centuries is Elderberry Syrup. This has been known to help boost the immune system naturally and is a simple syrup you can make right at home. For the full recipe you can go to How To Make Elderberry Syrup. If you don’t want to make your own, you can of course purchase it at specialty food stores, and farmers markets sometimes will have a vendor selling it. For dosage I follow a simple rule. We take 1 tablespoon a day to keep healthy during the cold and flu season. If we experience any symptoms we take 1 tablespoon every 4 hours until the symptoms subside.