So many of us suffer with colds during the winter months.
While there is plenty of advice around about which medicines and remedies work best, it seems all any of them really do is to relieve and soothe rather than alleviate the symptoms altogether.
Even so, they are comforting and seem to make you feel better.
Perhaps they also prevent your symptoms getting any worse.
My top favourite natural home remedies are…
For the common cold
Add slices of lemon and fresh ginger to a cup of boiled water for a soothing drink. I sometimes add a little honey or brandy too.
For a sore throat
It’s really hard to beat honey for a sore throat and I absolutely love the indulgent manuka variety – even if costs the earth in the shops – for when you are really feeling run down and depleted.
For feeling stuffy and congested
Decongest by popping a few drops of essential oils into a diffuser, onto your tissue, into the shower/bath or even into a bowl of hot water for a facial steamer.
Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Rosemary and Olbas oils are best.
For a Cough
I find fresh thyme tea hits the spot and helps to heal a cough.
If you don’t have a glass teapot with an infuser you can make thyme tea by pouring boiling water over the fresh herb and allow it to steep for a few minutes before straining into a cup.
For an extra boost I also have a lovely thyme tincture I made over the summer months.
For feeling cold to the bones
A latte made with ginger and turmeric is the most warming and satisfying of all. If you have a juicer you can add fresh ginger and turmeric juice to warm milk of your choice (cows, soya, oat, almond etc). Absolutely my ultimate winter drink.
If not, you can use dried herbs, food writer Anna Jones has some lovely warming drinks recipes using dried herbs such as the one below .
4 cardamom pods
A good grinding of black pepper
400ml unsweetened milk (oat, coconut, almond, cows)
½ tsp ground turmeric
½ tsp ground cinnamon
2 tsp runny honey
Pour into a mug – or strain it if the cardamom seeds bother you – and, once it has cooled a little, stir in the honey. Make sure you don’t spill any, as the lovely yellow colour can be rather persistent.