I have to say I have become very dubious about lots of OTC cold remedies because they taste rotten, are far less soothing and typically include :

  1. Paracetamol that is best taken only when specifically needed so we’re clear what we’re taking.
  2. Decongestants like phenylephrine which aren’t clearly effective and can have weird side effects like a racing heart & urinary infections.
  3. Caffeine to keep us going when what our body really, really needs to get over the cold is better sleep and rest.

And nutritionally these OTC cold remedies don’t give our bodies that extra immune boosting shot of vitamin C and more we need to fight off and manage cold symptoms.

So save this simple DIY cold remedy for later and next time you – or your kids – feel a sore throat coming on or sinuses getting blocked make this insteadAnd to keep on top of those symptoms check out these tips:


All the ingredients in this natural cold remedy have their own healing powers but it will still work and make you feel better with just these five basics :

  • Half a lemon (for 1 or 2 people)
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Ginger – fresh or dried
  • Cinnamon – stick or powder
  • Honey (nb don’t give honey to children under one)

You can give it an extra punch by adding these herbs that have been shown to help relieve cold symptoms:

  • Thyme
  • Sage
  • Oregano
  • Rosemary

These herbs are all natural antibiotics that are super easy to grow in containers in a kitchen or small garden but can also be used dried or frozen.

(I don’t include any essential oils in this natural remedy and very rarely use them as I fear they have become a bit of a scam with lots of them being promoted under what are basically pyramid schemes.)


To quickly make the cold remedy all you do is :

  • Squeeze lemon into a pan
  • Cut lemon up into rough pieces
  • Peel & slice a small knob of ginger
  • Break up cinnamon stick
  • Roughly chop herbs

Chuck everything in a pan with roughly a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and a cup of water per person. Heat through gently for five minutes or so.

Put a teaspoon of honey in each cup and strain the cold remedy over the honey and stir …

Then sit down, take the weigh off your feet and let all that hot lemon and honey do its work to soothe your sore throat, ease your sinuses and relieve your chest.

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