No one wants to contract the cold or flu but unfortunately, it happens. Personally, I never take a flu shot but what I always do is keep certain ingredients on hand for homemade cold and flu remedies. I really hate taking medicine, especially since you just never know what truly goes in to those over the counter syrups and pills. So, I thought this year, I would gather a list of homemade remedies to fight all of the symptoms of the cold and flu, you know, just in case.
I found some wonderful home remedies that are so easy to make and contain ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry. It’s always a good idea to try different remedies, just to see what works. You could get the ingredients for all of these 25 home remedies and not spend much, so if you wanted to try them all they’re not terribly expensive. In fact, you’ll save money over buying over the counter cough drops, decongestants and cough syrups and you’ll save yourself from having to visit the doctor. From teas to soups, you’re going to find the perfect remedy for your family and you won’t have to worry about running out to the store at midnight to stop those coughing fits.
Making your own cold and flu remedies is great. Not only do you get to ensure that your family isn’t taking in any harmful chemicals from medicines, but you save so much money, and you can avoid any ingredients that someone in your family may have intolerance to. I love a good life hack and these homemade remedies are some of the best. And if you love life hacks, too then be sure to check out these 25 restoration hacks to turn old things new again. Now, if you’ve never made your own cold and flu remedies you are really missing out. These also taste much better than those over the counter syrups and drops, so you’re much more likely to get your little ones to take them. Plus, they work wonderfully. Ward off those cold and flu germs this season with some good old fashioned homemade remedies!
14. Homemade Cough And Cold Syrup
15. Homemade Cough Drops
The ingredients in these homemade cough drops are all effective in soothing your symptoms and helping to stop cough. They also taste a bit better than traditional cough drops so you’re much more likely to get little ones to try them. You just mix coconut oil, raw honey and cinnamon with a drop of essential oil and then mix until the ingredients are whipped. Then pour into ice cube trays or candy molds and freeze. These store in the fridge for several weeks.
16. Homemade Soothing Cough Remedy
This homemade cough remedy not only soothes your sore throat, but it’s potent enough to stop even the worse cough. It’s a spicy, honey cider syrup that is filled with ingredients proven for their health benefits. You just add apple cider vinegar, honey, water, ginger and cayenne pepper into a small jar and mix well. store this in the fridge for weeks.
17. Immune Boosting Tea
This immune boosting herbal tea has astragalus root which is great for boosting the immune system and getting you over the cold and flu much more quickly. It also has rose hips, lemon grass, cinnamon, ginger root and other ingredients that help to boost your immune system and soothe those cold and flu symptoms.
18. Natural Honey Citrus Syrup
This Lemon Rosemary Honey syrup is great for soothing a sore throat and it helps to fight the symptoms of the cold and flu. Make it up ahead of time and store it in the fridge for use in your hot tea. You can also enjoy this before cold and flu season arrives to help ward off those germs and shorten the life of the common cold.
19. Lemon, Ginger And Honey Remedy
Lemon, ginger and honey all contain antibacterial properties and so many other wonderful things that will help you to fight off the common cold or flu. This is so easy to make, too. You just quarter lemons and add them to a jar, add in your grated ginger and then cover with raw honey. Close it up tightly and store in the refrigerator for weeks. When you need it, just add a teaspoon or more to a cup of hot water.
20. Homemade Cure All Cold Remedy
This cure all is a warming drink that contains Echinacea, which helps you to fight off germs. It also has ginger, cayenne pepper (which clears out the sinuses) and lemon juice. Honey helps to soothe your throat. The entire drink will make you feel all warm and cozy and it contains ingredients that fights every single symptom that you will have with the cold or flu.
21. Throat Soothing Homemade Sage Tea
Sage is something that I always acquainted with Thanksgiving…for the stuffing, you know. Well, you can also use it for other things, including this amazing throat soothing tea. It’s actually been used to soothe sore throats and coughs for centuries. You’ll need dried sage which you can get at most health food stores. To make the tea, you just cover the dried sage leaves with hot water and steep for a few minutes.
22. Healing Sore Throat Remedy
This sore throat remedy has bone broth, ginger root, garlic and sea salt, as well as lemon to instantly soothe a sore threat and help to heal it. The ingredients all work together to kill bacteria and help your sore throat to heal much more quickly. Just add all of your ingredients, aside from the lemon, into a pan and simmer. Cool and then add your lemon and enjoy.
23. Turmeric Milk With Ginger And Cardamom
This turmeric milk is an old Indian recipe and it’s really effective. You’ll need whole milk, turmeric powder, black peppercorns, cardamom, ginger and saffron to make it, as well as something sweet like raw honey. Turmeric has a number of health benefits and has been used as a home remedy for the common cold, sore threat, toothache and a number of other ailments over the years. This remedy combines the health benefits of turmeric and other ingredients to help you fight off that cold quickly.