Without defenses, the common cold can spread as quickly as fire. Here are multiple natural remedies for fighting away a cold and returning to good health:


12.) Honey

Honey has antibacterial and antimicrobial properties. These are good to ingest when your body is vulnerable. It also soothes and coats the throat, which is great relief if you have a sore throat or feel one coming on.

A honey, cinnamon, and lemon juice drink is a very healthy elixir to remedy the common cold, amongst other health ailments.


  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon


  • Brew 1 teaspoon of cinnamon in warm water for several minutes.
  • After letting the cinnamon steep a few minutes, mix in 1 tablespoon of honey and 1 tablespoon of lemon juice.
  • Don’t mix in boiling water. If the water is too hot, the good properties in the honey will be killed.

11.) Hydrate

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Drinking a robust amount of water has a flushing effect and helps to keep your body running. When sick, the risk for dehydration is higher. Dehydration brings with it all sorts of problems, so be sure to avoid it altogether. Warm liquid breaks up phlegm and mucus, making it easier to eliminate from the body. Gravitate towards herbal teas and the like. They can be a good source of nutrients and minerals and boost your immunity.

10.) Cinnamon

Along with the drink, it can be added to multiple dishes and beverages. Cinnamon is a mild anti-inflammatory and also helps tame nausea.

9.) Vitamin C

Vitamin c works to diminish susceptibility, intensity, and duration of sickness. Boosting your immunity system is key to fighting the common cold. There are lots of great natural sources of the vitamin. It can also be taken in its supplemental form, which is widely available and easily found in grocery stores and the like.

The adverse side effect of too much vitamin c is diarrhea and kidney stones. The actual amount varies according to body and body type. This is not to say a high amount of the vitamin is bad. It’s the opposite.

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You are at higher risk of experiencing the adverse side effects when amounts greater than 2,000mg have been ingested.

8.) GingerGingerCredit: Delphine Ménard

Ginger wards off nausea and settles the stomach. Its curative properties are especially useful in times of sickness. It is also a natural painkiller.

7.) Gargle Salt Water

Gargling salt water kills bacteria, preventing and or treating upper respiratory problems and development of cold into other things affecting other areas.

6.) Clean

Killing germs takes on a heightened importance when sick. Cleaning your blankets, pillowcases, and clothing prevents the spread of bacteria and germs that otherwise left unattended will continue to fester and increase.

5.) Exercise

Getting heart rate up and sweating is an effective natural remedy for the common cold. Without going too far, moderate exercise aids the body in detoxification and boosting the immune system.

4.) Echinaceaechinacea purpureaCredit: M a n u e l

A traditional folk remedy, Echinacea treats upper respiratory infections. When taken at the first signs of a cold, Echinacea effectively fights symptoms.

3.) Apple Cider Vinegar

Packed with trace minerals and nutrients, apple cider vinegar improves digestion, fights bacteria and viral infections, and cleanses the body. A tablespoon of apple cider vinegar added to a glass of water taken throughout the day is a great way of attacking a cold.

2.) RestSick DayCredit: Ryan Hyde

Restorative sleep gives the body the reprieve needed to work and heal. Not resting exacerbates illness.

1.) Chicken Noodle Soup

The old-fashioned remedy got that reputation for a reason. Nutrient rich chicken noodle soup is a staple antagonist of the common cold. Vegetarians aren’t without alternatives for this remedy; vegetable stock processes minerals and nutrients.

None of these remedies are end-all be-all for curing a cold; however, when synchronized their effect on the body is positive and effective.

Research and due diligence are required before taking a supplement, especially if you are on any medication. Natural supplements are powerful and effect the body’s chemistry.