The 9 Best Natural Cold Remedies

It’s more than unfortunate that cold and flu season coincides with the end of the fall semester. We’ve all been there, sniffling and shivering as we type away, wishing we could simply curl up and sleep forever. One night before a French final, I wandered into my friend Alison’s room quivering with fever, and she made me the spiciest and strangest elixir that caused my fever to break in half an hour. It seemed like magic, but it was nothing more than cayenne, lemon and a smattering of other spices. Since then, I’ve become a natural cold remedy connoisseur. Below I’ve listed a handful of important ingredients with naturally healing, immune boosting properties. You can mix them together depending on your taste and mood.

The 9 Best Natural Cold Remedy Ingredients

Ginger root (not powdered ginger but the fresh root)
Cayenne pepper
Apple cider vinegar
Goldenseal extract
Echinacea extract (or tea)
Zinc (I’ve found it best when in cough drop form)

The Best Natural Cold Remedy Concoctions

1. Hot & Spicy Lemonade. Squeeze half of a lemon into a mug of hot water. Add a dash of cayenne and a spoonful of honey. This drink has wonderful warming properties, and the lemon adds vitamin C.

2. Fresh Ginger Tea. Skin and cut up a tablespoon of fresh ginger. Let it simmer in two cups of water for about thirty minutes. Strain the ginger and add honey to taste. Another spicy drink that can warm you from the belly up.

3. Alison’s Elixir. Take a tablespoon of minced garlic and a tablespoon of minced ginger root. Let them marinate in a cup of apple cider vinegar for half of a day. Strain the ginger and garlic. Add some cayenne and honey. I like to take shots of this remedy. It’s pretty potent.

And finally…

4. The Garlic Bomb. Simply take a clove of garlic, peel, and eat. Good luck.

Michaela Wood is a very recent, very broke graduate from Marlboro College in the hills of Southern Vermont. She loves dark chocolate, kale, and taco night in the dining hall.

Originally posted on Sunday, February 27th, 2011

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