Homemade remedies for colds and coughs

There are many natural remedies, that have been used (and are still being used), by hundreds of people around the world.  Many of the ingredients in natural remedies can be found in your kitchen cupboard and/or your vegetable- and herb garden.

Natural painkillers (found in most kitchen cupboards) include:

Garlic (for earache), Apple Cider Vinegar (for heartburn), Cherries (for joint pain), Peppermint (for sore muscles), Water (for injury pain), Cloves (for toothache), Turmeric (for chronic pain), Pineapple (for bloating), Horseradish (for sinus pain) and Blueberries (for urinary tract infections).

Some of the above can be added to recipes, whilst some can be made into a tincture or poultice.  Turmeric, combined with cinnamon, for example, is not only good for chronic pain.  It is also great as an anti-inflammatory (the turmeric) and stabilizes cholesterol (cinnamon).

Today I would also like to share with you, 2 recipes that I got off a natural remedies-group.  The first one is a remedy for colds and flus; the other for coughing.

Colds and flu:


Juice of ½ a lemon

½ teaspoon turmeric powder

Pinch of black pepper

¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper

¼ teaspoon cinnamon

2 garlic cloves, finely cut

Double the amount of ginger, finely cut

1 teaspoon real honey

2 x 1000mg vitamin C (powder)

2 x Zinc tablets, finely pressed

¾ lukewarm water

Add all the ingredients in the lukewarm water and stir well.  Take a sip or 2, stir, and repeat.  This mixture can be taken for up to 4 times per day.

Natural cough syrup:

Slice 1 onion and put it into a glass bottle.  Put brown sugar over the onion.  Repeat this combination until the bottle is full (almost full).

Leave it overnight; it will form a syrup.

You can take 2 teaspoons full, as needed. 

This is also safe for children, but make sure to decrease dosage if the child is still small.

Another good, natural cough remedy, is fresh pineapple juice.  Pineapple has loads of bromelain and vitamin C in, which is wonderful to give your immune system a boost.  Don’t forget, the chicken-broth that our grandmothers and great-grandmothers spoke about, also works well!

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