During winter, most people will unfortunately have to deal with a common cold.
The best way to prevent yourself from falling victim to illness is to boost your immune system with lots of Vitamin C, eat healthily and keep warm.
While it may be easier said than done, there are natural ways to cure yourself without pumping your body full of medicine and antibiotics.
These old school recipes to fight a cold have been around for generations, so why not give it a try?
Honey & Onion Syrup
We know this sounds extremely gross, but it works wonders, especially if you are suffering from a phlegmy cough.
Honey is great for soothing a sore throat, while onion has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties that help to loosen phlegm in your chest.
In a small jar, layer onion slices at the base, cover with 3 tablespoons of organic honey, and add a little sugar (if you prefer the mixture sweeter). Continue layering until the jar is full.
Allow the mixture to stand overnight. Then, dose yourself with 3 to 4 tablespoons of the syrup a day, or whenever you need to suppress your cough.
This mixture is an excellent remedy for soothing a sore, inflamed throat. It will also help to remove harmful bacteria from your throat.
Mix the following ingredients together in a large flask.
1 cup boiling water
½ cup apple cider vinegar
2 teaspoons salt
2 tablespoons dried sage leaves
Place the sage leaves at the bottom of the container and add the liquid ingredients. Mix the salt in last.
Gargle 2 to 3 times a day while the mixture is warm.
Menthol Bath Salt
This homemade bath salt is a wonderful way to clear your sinuses and treat an aching body at the same time.
Mix all of these ingredients together in a glass jar.
1 cup Epsom salt
4 drops lavender essential oil
6 drops eucalyptus essential oil
4 drops peppermint essential oil
Mix well and let 3 to 4 tablespoons of the salt mixture dissolve in a hot bath. Relax in the tub and breathe in the vapours.