9 Better Ways to Fight Colds with Natural Cough Syrups and DIY Solutions

by , 03/13/12

Honey, cough suppressant, sore throat

DIY Cough and Cold Remedies

Drinking or gargling warm lemon water mixed with honey is very soothing for sore throats, but did you know honey can be used as a cough suppressant as well? Children younger than one should not take any amount of honey, but for those older, a tablespoon before bed can help soothe nighttime coughs. In fact, a study was done comparing buckwheat honey to DM and the children who ate honey slept better and coughed less than those who took the DM.

Green Grandma says to make a vinegar solution using 1/4 cup organic raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar, 1/4 water, and 1/4 honey and take 1-2 tablespoons as needed for cold symptoms. You can read more remedies in her book Vinegar Friday’s.

In Peggy O’Mara’s book, Natural Family Living, she suggests making a tea to help reduce fevers using peppermint, chamomile, red clover, and rosemary. “Make a tea of any or all of the above, sweetened with a little honey,” said O’Mara. Other herbs to use for colds include: echinacea, ginger, garlic, licorice, marshmallow root, mullein, peppermint, garlic, thyme, wild cherry bark, yarrow, and elderberry.

You can make your own chest rub by using 2 oz. coconut oil, 10 drops eucalyptus, and 10 drops peppermint. I like to rub it on my child’s feet and then cover with socks since the coconut oil can be slightly greasy.

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