4 Natural Cold Remedies You Need to Try
Fire cider or “spicy cider” is a tonic made with ginger, horseradish, turmeric, onion, garlic, jalapeno peppers, lemons, and vinegar. Think of it as a “cure all” drink. It not only boosts your immune system, but is anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-viral, works as a decongestant and thanks to the spice, even boosts your circulatory system.
Don’t be afraid of the taste! Once you complete the mixture, you’ll have to let it settle for about 4 weeks in a jar so that all of the nutrients and vitamins can mix together and ferment with the help of the apple cider vinegar. Follow the directions of the website, and as instructed, feel free to take shots of it as a “wellness shot”, mixed into tea or a juice, and even as a marinade or salad dressing.
Here are the ingredients and recipe, thanks to Mommypotamus!
Elderberry jam and juice
Elderberries boast an amazing amount of antioxidants, which also support your immune system. Here’s the recipe! Some studies also suggest that in can aid in congestion relief. All you’ll need is a bag of elderberries, water, honey, ginger, and cinnamon, and if you enjoy making jam, you can follow the recipe here too.
Make your own elderberry jam with this recipe!
Onion juice and sugar
This is a remedy used in Eastern Europe that help you take advantage of the amazing flu flighting benefits of the onion. Eating onions or drinking onion juice is great because onions are anti-carcinogenic, anti-inflammatory, and have anti-cholesterol properties and lots of antioxidants.
Simply cut an onion in half, chop it, and place the pieces in a small cup. Pour 2-3 spoonfuls of sugar on top, and cover the cup with a small plate for a few hours. Soon enough you’ll see juice forming below, which you can transfer to a smaller cup or tablespoon for a delicious shot of vitamins. You’ll like it…we swear!
Honey and lemon
Cold and flu season can be especially tough if you come down with not just a cough or stuffy nose, but a painful sore throat that can last for weeks. First off, lemon has an incredible amount of Vitamin C. Honey is antibacterial and antimicrobial, so making an elixir with both or even adding it to herbal tea can fight off free radicals while soothing your throat.