Home remedies for cold, flu and cough – Common cold

Cold is the most common illness that affects infants and elderly alike. Cold weather is not the cause of colds. There are 200 types of viruses, which cause cold. Some of the common symptoms of a cold are headache, runny nose, cough, high fever, itchy eyes, sore throat, body aches and so on.

Many natural treatments offer effective relief from the various symptoms of a common cold without any side effects. There are reasons which might give common cold to an individual include are viral infection in respiratory tract, spread from one person to another through sneezing, allergic disorders, change in weather.

Home remedies for cold


Garlic is good for the immune system and helps to open up respiratory passages. Antibacterial and antiviral properties present in garlic help to get rid of cold.

Mix together one crushed garlic clove to 2 teaspoons of lemon juice, 1 teaspoon honey and half a teaspoon cayenne pepper or red chilli powder. Consume it daily.

Saute a few garlic cloves in ghee and consume when they are warm. It may sound like a bitter concoction, but it can help you fight the common cold and cough.

Boil 4-5 chopped garlic cloves in a cup of water and add one teaspoon of honey. Drink it 2-3 times a day.


Honey is a powerful soothing and healing agent. Honey is an excellent cold medicine because of its antioxidant, antiviral and antibacterial nutrients. Consume a mixture of 1 teaspoon of lemon juice and 2 teaspoons of honey. Take it every 2 hours to get immense relief from your cold and sore throat.

Spice tea

Add tulsi, ginger and black pepper while preparing your tea to get rid of common cold.

Dry roast and grind a quarter cup of coriander seeds, one a half tablespoons each of cumin and fennel seeds and quarter teaspoon of fenugreek seeds. Boil a cup of water and add one and a half tablespoon of this spice powder and one a half teaspoon of rock candy. Let it simmer for 3-4 minutes. Then add 2 tablespoons of milk boil it and strain. Sip it while it is hot; drink it daily until the symptoms subside.


Ginger has antiviral, expectorant and anti-inflammatory properties in treating common cold. Cut ginger into slices and add salt to it. Chew on these ginger slices to fight cold, cough and a sore throat. Take it 2 times a day.

Eat raw ginger or drink ginger tea several times a day. You can also mix equal amounts of dry ginger powder, ghee and jaggery. Consume this mixture daily on an empty stomach.

Chicken soup

Chicken soup might help to relieve from cold and flu symptoms as an anti-inflammatory by inhibiting the movement of neutrophils and relieve congestion.

Red onion

Take 2-3 red onion horizontal slices. Put one slice onion in a bowl and add raw honey until the bowl is full. Cover it and leave it for 12-15 hours. When you open the bowl, there will be thick liquid like syrup. Drink a spoonful of the syrup several times a day to get relief from cold.


The capsaicin’s present in pepper helps to thin the mucus. Boil water with black pepper; add cumin and jaggery to it. Drink it you will get relied from chest.

Put pepper on your food when you eat a meal. You can also gargle with a teaspoon of black pepper mixed in a glass of warm water.


Take warm milk and adding turmeric is an effective way to fight a cough. This combination gives healthy ingredients needed for healthy living.


Prepare syrup of lemon and cinnamon to prevent a common cold. Put some honey in a pan, fill it to half and use a double boiler until it is thin. Then add a pinch of cinnamon and add lemon. Have this syrup to fight a cold.

Turmeric powder, milk, black pepper powder

Take 1 glass warm milk, 1 teaspoon of turmeric and 1 teaspoon of black pepper powder. Mix all the ingredients and drink twice a day.

Carom seeds

Take 1 tablespoon of carom seeds and make it into a fine powder to be placed in a clean cloth has to be tied in the form of a bundle. Held close to the nose and inhaled.