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30 Homemade, Natural Cold & Flu Remedies

July 22, 2013

I have been sick for the past week-and-a-half. I had the whole deal: fever, sore throat, cough, congestion, fatigue, aches…it all put the “ick” in sick! These symptoms pushed me to ask my readers as well as my blogger buddies to share their favorite natural remedies to kick sickness to the curb!

30 Homemade, Natural Cold and Flu Remedies

While I am still on the mend, the following blog posts and tips definitely helped me feel better faster!

My Natural, Easy Tips

Peppermint for Headaches and Tummy Trouble

I make myself homemade peppermint tea that soothes and calms headaches and digestive issues – a simple and wonderful way to alleviate some discomfort.

Simple Peppermint Tea

1 palmful organic mint leaves, roughly chopped
hot water

Instructions: to make tea, dice up the leaves and place into a loose tea contraption. Pour in hot water, steep until desired strength, and sweeten with honey and add lemon if desired (see below for these two awesome illness fighting ingredients).

Ginger Root

I love me my ginger. This guy also helps with digestive issues and tummy troubles, making it great for the queasy stomach. Ginger is also sometimes used for pain management, so it’s great for easy headache relief. I make this into a tea as well.

Fresh Ginger Root Tea

1 small hunk organic ginger root, peeled and finely grated
hot water

Instructions: take the fresh ginger root, peel a hunk, and then finely grate into a tea brewer. Pour hot water over the grated ginger and let steep for 5 to 8 minutes. Boom! Insta-Ginger Tea! (combine with peppermint for an extra-pick-me-up).

Real Raw Honey

Raw honey is fantastic for colds as it soothes coughs, is an anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal, and helps with digestion.

The Throat Soother

2 tablespoons organic coconut oil (where to buy coconut oil)
2 tablespoons raw honey
1 teaspoon organic ground cinnamon

Instructions: mix with the powerhouse coconut oil (for some great lauric acid), ground cinnamon (to also help sooth the throat), and raw honey together until a paste forms. Eat the goodness throughout the day and soothe the throat!

Give Lemon a Squeeze

These yellow babies are powerful! They are great for detoxing the body, are packed with vitamin C, is great for digestion, and for fighting off colds and the flu.

Squeeze some juice and add some lemon slices to water; or make homemade lemonade sweetened with honey.

Homemade Single-Serving Lemonade

2-3 tablespoons raw honey (or more to taste)
2 organic lemon juice, freshly squeezed
water to dilute
lemon slices

Instructions: Whisk lemon juice and honey together until well incorporated. Dilute with water to taste and add ice cube and lemon. Sip up!

Epsom Salt Bath to Soak the Sickness Away

Bathes are not only relaxing during illness, but Epsom Salt Bathes can be really beneficial as they detox the body, improves circulation, reduces stress, and also relieve inflammation.

Now for more homemade and natural remedies goodies from my blogger buds!

More Tips to Kick the “Ick!”

Fight the Flu & Cold

No Flu “Tea” by Homemade Mommy

DIY All-Natural Vapor Rub by Mommypotamus

8 Natural Cold Remedies by Grass Fed Girl

Natural Cough Syrup by Oh Lardy!

Natural Cold and Flu Remedies by Oh Lardy!

Natural Remedies for Headaches by Happy Mothering

Natural Remedies for the Flu by Real Food Forager

Herbal Honey Cough Syrup and 5 Ways to Fight a Cold by Homegrown & Healthy

Try a Cup of Elderberry Tea for Colds and Flu by Earth Friendly Goodies

Winter Detox, Brain, and Immune Boosting Cold Remedy by Earth Friendly Goodies

My Date With Mr. Hot Toddy: A Natural Cold Fighting Remedy by Earth Friendly Goodies

Hey, Who Stole My Cold? Thieves Oil Strikes Again by Earth Friendly Goodies

Honey and Lemon Cough Syrup with Coconut Oil by The Coconut Mama

10 Must-Have Ingredients To Help With Your Kids Cough by Growing Up Herbal

Help Your Child Manage A Sore Throat by Growing Up Herbal

10 Foods Your Body Needs to Fight Off Cold and Flu by Whole Green Love

Tea Thyme: Thyme and Honey Tea for a Cold by Whole Green Love

5 Foods to Fight a Cold Without Medicine by Our Heritage of Health

Everything In Between

How I Cured My Son’s Ear Infection… Naturally by Healthy Roots, Happy Soul

What to Do When You’re Down for the Count & How to Know When to Get Back Up by Real Fit Mama

How to Make Raw Medicinal Honey with Ginger and Rosehips by Earth Friendly Goodies

Prevent the Ick!

10 Tips to Prevent Getting Sick or Shorten a Cold or Flu & an Immune Boosting Workout When You Are Sick by Primally Inspired

Thump Your Thymus by Learning and Yearning

What to Do When You Feel “Ick” Coming On by A Joyful Mother

3 Steps To Getting A Head Start On Flu Season (video) by Growing Up Herbal

Elderberry Syrup to Prevent the Cold and Flu by Whole Green Love

What are some of your homemade remedies?

Sources: WebMD: Peppermint, Lemon, Ginger; Kitchen Stewardship: Raw Honey, Health: Cinnamon, Food Renegade: Epsom Salt Bath.
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  • Reply Janina Hobday July 22, 2013 at 9:16 pm

    hey! i hope you are feeling better. that is so ridiculous to get sick in the SUMMER when you need to be out having fun :( Speaking of fun, we will see you Saturday? Brian said maybe we will get to milk a cow. 😀 (doubt it but it’s a nice thought…)

    • Reply Katie July 23, 2013 at 4:38 pm

      I am on a roller coaster of illness, and it’s sucky! I think I am finally on the mend but it’s been two weeks – talk about lame summertime sickness. I promise I won’t get you two sick!!

      And…yes, Saturday is ON! I am writing Brian back now with all the deets. Milking a cow would be fun! I’ve milked a fake cow at Story Land in Glenn, NH – does that count? 😉 I want to bring a camera just to document good times with friends. Mark and I definitely are need of some Janina and Brian time!

      See you soon!

  • Reply Michelle {Fun On a Dime} July 29, 2013 at 2:38 am

    Our favorite go to natural remedy are Wet Socks. It was described to me as the body’s natural Tylenol.

    • Reply brandon February 3, 2014 at 9:33 pm

      this works very well, thank you for posting :)

  • Reply Laticia Taylor July 30, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    Hello Katie,

    I am always reading and looking for new remedies that are all natural. My family and I are living more healthier and even my son, at 10 isn’t being affected by summer allergy and colds that he used to have. I have a go to website ( ) that I get all my all natural, homeopathic and organic remedies for everything. I did know how many things were available that focuses on a healthier life. They carry skin care, makeup, baby products, house cleaning, even animal products and they are all natural. I even brought my sister some organic onesees for my newborn niece.

    I would strongly suggest people look for an alternate all natural remedy before going after an over the counter. Read! Read! Read! Do your research and learn that remedies from nature is the route. I am a true Dr. Oz junkie and that’s what makes him so famous. He focuses on all natural remedies and is know to defy what we have always been told by doctors to accept. Nature Is The Answer!
    God Bless!

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    I really enjoyed reading this!! I’m saving this page and subscribing!

    • Reply Katie August 27, 2013 at 5:53 pm

      Thanks, Elisabeth! That makes me so happy! :)

  • Reply Deborah Davis September 7, 2013 at 8:26 pm

    I love the timing of this post because I feel a cold coming on–which is rare for me since I eat well and live a healthy lifestyle–but something got me! So am will be making my favorite ginger root tea and soaking in an epsom salt bath to sweat it out. I also load up on lemon water, ctirus fruits and hot rose hips tea.

    • Reply Katie September 8, 2013 at 10:06 am

      Get well soon! :)

  • Reply Sherri@ The Well Floured Kitchen October 12, 2013 at 4:43 am

    Thank you so much for putting together this resource, I love having all these links in one place. Last year I started making my own elderberry syrup. This year I hope to try making a vapor rub.

    • Reply Katie October 12, 2013 at 10:22 am

      Glad I could help! :)

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    Can you tell me where the first and third images at the top of the blog are from? I came across a homemade cold remedy syrup, which I did not save, and have not been able to find it since! But one of those images looks very familiar. Thanks for your help … and I hope you feel better!

  • Reply Aubrey Madrona November 10, 2013 at 8:38 pm

    This is really good information. I usually try different home remedies a few weeks ago I was really sick and nothing seemed to work. I think I’m doing it wrong :/

    This load of information is really helpful. Thanks!

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    I love your site, and all the goodies you share! The fastest way I have found to get rid of colds, coughs, flu, strep throat and nasty stomach bugs is Thieves Essential Oil. Nothing, nothing, nothing compares! And I put a drop in a cup of warm lemon-mint tea, and it just takes care of the ickies so quickly!

    I follow you on FB, and love all that you share! Thank you 😀

    More here

    • Reply Katie November 23, 2013 at 1:30 pm

      Thank you, BN! :) :) :)

  • Reply Rehan November 30, 2013 at 3:22 am

    Very beautifully describe the importance of natural cure in our day to day health issues like cold flue. I have been experiencing this problem for quite some time untill I found the natural solution of this problem. Antibiotics are not the solution of this tiny but very frustrated health problem. However, I doubt about the lemonade. Is it serve the purpose?



  • Reply Rhonda December 16, 2013 at 2:02 pm

    I just want you to know there’s a girl in Louisiana that loves you! Thank you thank you for the coconut cinnamon honey recipe. It’s wonderful!!! The ginger tea is oh so good!! I’ll do the others after my chicken soup finishes and I rest a bit!!!

    • Reply Katie December 16, 2013 at 5:51 pm

      Get well, Rhonda! And thank you for your kind words!

  • Reply Ray December 17, 2013 at 6:51 am

    Peppermint tea is amazing. I drink it everyday. Another use for it is cold sore remedy. I actually use Carmex lip balm, which works wonders for cold sores. The main ingredient is menthol, which comes from peppermint. You can read more about it in my blog.

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    Love the info!! I made a batch of the cough syrup about 2 weeks ago but was just about to dump it out. How long do you think it has for shelf life?

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      Since the ingredients can be perishable, I make small batches to avoid having to throw it away due to spoiling. Use your nose and go with your gut, if it seems off – chuck it. :)

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  • Reply Lori February 15, 2015 at 5:41 pm

    I found this as I was searching pinterest for sore throat remedies, although mine is from a little different cause, I’m not actually “sick”, but I have what is called RAD (reactive airway disease), it similar to a bad asthma attack when It flares, and my throat is so sore and raw from doing nebulizer treatments to keep me breathing, thankfully I made some homemade marshmallows, a week ago with real marshmallow, as well as licorice, the only problem I’m having is nothing works for very long, I’ve done honey and coconut oil although I haven’t thought of putting cinnamon in it, and I also been drinking my master tonic, that’s probably why I’m not sick, I’m going to have to figure out a way to get an air purifier as it seem that since I’ve moved into my new apartment, for about 2 months my breathing problems have hit an all time bad, I almost ended up being admitted to the hospital last night, but the steroids kicked in and helped me improve enough to go home, but when I got home I opened windows some even though the weathers cold, I’l probably have to do it till the beginning of next month, thankfully we’ve been above the seasonal temperatures most days, and I can just bundle up when it dips, see one nice thing about winter you can always put more clothes on to stay warm, your not that lucky in the winter, so if anyone has any other ideas please let me know, I pretty much grounded to my chair, and unfortunately live by myself, so I still have to cook and everything, what’s bad is I started bone broth the other day, and I don’t have enough strength to strain it, guess it’ll just have to simmer till tomorrow and I can get a friend over to help me, she’s on grandma duty this weekend.

  • Reply Annie Marie April 3, 2015 at 6:20 am

    Thank you, very informative, I have a question – has anyone tried shungite water? One of my friends advised me to try it, in his case it helped. If anybody faced this situation and tried it please advise.

  • Reply Kennez@Marijuanadelivery May 8, 2015 at 9:51 pm

    Wonderful home remedies. I do make use of them almost occasionally.

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