Home Remedies for Coughs and Colds

Common cold cures made from my kitchen staples

Common cold cures made from my kitchen staples

If you’ve been reading this blog you’ll know that the Rodericks family has spent the past couple of weeks battling bugs: colds, coughs, asthma, ear infections, vomitting – you name it, we’ve had it.
Turns out, half of a Sydney is reeling from some virus or the other.
In view of this, I’m sharing these home remedies that helped us ease that ache.

Honey-Lemon-Ginger Concoction:
I make a batch of this whenever I feel a cold coming on.
Thinly slice and dice half a lemon.
Put this into a clean jar.
Grate a one-inch piece of ginger (more if you can take the heat!) into the jar.
Add one heaped teaspoon of turmeric.
Top up with some (raw/unprocessed) honey. Most store-bought honey is processed, which destroys most of its healing properties, so try to buy raw honey from your local farmers’ markets if you can.
Mix this and set aside.
When you’ve got a cold/cough, have a tablespoon of this from time to time during the day. Or drink it dissolved in a glass of warm water.

I like this remedy because it’s got everything needed to combat a cough and cold in one spoonful.
Honey is soothing and is a fab cough suppressant.
Lemon has heaps of Vitamin C and is an anti-inflammatory.
Turmeric contains lipopolysaccharide, a substance which boosts your body’s immunity.
Ginger warms you up and contains chemicals that target the common cold virus.

Another remedy B and I swear by is a Salt-water Gargle:
Dissolve a teaspoon of salt in one glass of warm water and gargle with this as soon as you wake up. It helps soothe a sore throat. Repeat during the day and also before you retire for the night.

Steam inhalation:
Take a bowl of boiling water. You can add a couple of drops of essential oils if you like. Wrap a towel round your head, turban-style and inhale/exhale deeply with your face over the bowl. The moist, warm air helps loosen the mucous in your chest and you will breathe easy.

And one last thing, if you’re taking antibiotics, make sure you take a probiotic to maintain the good bacteria levels in your gut.

Get well soon!

So tell me, do you resort to home remedies when you are feeling poorly? Or is it allopathy all the way?

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