5 Must-Know DIY Cold Remedies

As the season changes, cold season begins to creep in. Arm yourself with some DIY cold remedies that won't require an extra trip to the store. 

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Fall is right around the corner. With the changing weather comes all-pumpkin-everything, sweater weather and (for the unlucky ones) the first colds of the season.

To help you pre-empt cold season, we're highlighting natural remedies that can be an alternative to over the counter cold medicine like DayQuil. While they may have their place, cold medicines oftentimes numb symptoms rather than cure them, and they can add up.

If you prefer to try natural remedies rather than store bought products to cure colds, there are many options that are easy to access. Plus, some of these may also prevent you from catching a cold in the first place.

Apple cider vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is credited with a range of health benefits. Proponents say that drinking a shot of apple cider vinegar in water every day can help boost the immune system, aids in digestion, and can help clear congestion. Gargling apple cider vinegar also helps to soothe a sore throat by killing off bacteria. Apple cider vinegar also can be used as a natural toner and can be used to remove dry skin on the scalp.


So, this one’s a little gross.  Eating raw garlic (and, yes, it must be raw) is demonstrated to help not only combat the common cold, but also to decrease the intensity and frequency of colds among adults. Garlic is also good for the brain, has anti-inflammatory properties, and is said to strengthen the body’s immunity to cancer, according to NDTV food.

Honey and Cinnamon

Similar to garlic, honey and cinnamon also have antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Taking a spoonful of honey and cinnamon every day that you have a cold has been shown to reduce the length of the cold itself, as well as help ease the symptoms.  As an extra bonus, some people believe honey and cinnamon can aid in weight loss, and boost the immune system overall.

Salt Water

This is a more commonly known, but very underrated, cure for a sore throat.  Gargling warm salt water is a fast relief for a sore throat, not only by reducing inflammation but also by pulling fluids from the tissues of your throat to wash out the virus.  Doing this every few hours is an easy way to significantly ease discomfort caused by a scratchy throat.


Finally, yet another anti-inflammatory substance is ginger. Drinking ginger tea is good for preventing colds, curing sore throats, and helping indigestion.Using raw ginger to steep in warm water is the most effective for aiding in sickness, however, store-bought ginger tea has been proven to have health benefits as well.

Don’t let cold season get you down. Keep an open mind towards trying these easy home remedies if you’re interested in taking a more natural approach to curing sickness this cold season.