Home Remedies for Common Cold

They say there’s no cure for the common cold. While it is true that it can’t always be prevented, there are cures for the symptoms that come with a cold.

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A cold is a kind of infection that can be caused by different types of viruses. Some of the common symptoms of a cold are headache, runny nose, cough, high fever, itchy eyes, sore throat, body aches and so on.

It is important to treat a cold before it leads to other infections like strep throat, bronchitis and pneumonia.

Many natural treatments offer effective relief from the various symptoms of a common cold without any side effects.

Common Cold

Here are the top 10 home remedies for a common cold:

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(Out of the 10, we have covered 3 highly effective home remedies in this video as well.)

1. Garlic

Garlic’s antibacterial and antiviral properties can be very helpful in getting rid of cold symptoms. Garlic is good for the immune system and helps open up respiratory passages, and also helps flush toxins out of your body.

home remedy for common cold

  • Mix together one crushed garlic clove, two teaspoons lemon juice, one teaspoon honey, and half a teaspoon cayenne pepper or red chilli powder. Consume it daily until the symptoms subside.
  • Boil four to five chopped garlic cloves in a cup of water and add one teaspoon of honey. Drink it two to three times a day.
  • You can also eat raw garlic or use a few drops of garlic oil in your food and drinks.

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Here is how the prepared home remedy will look like.

2. Honey

Honey can be of great help in soothing an irritated throat as well as shortening the lifespan of a cold. The high amount of nutrients and enzymes in honey help kill bacteria and viruses that cause colds.

common cold lemon honey remedy

  • The simplest home remedy is to consume a mixture of one teaspoon of lemon juice and two teaspoons of honey. Take it every two hours to get immense relief from your cold and sore throat.
  • If you prefer, you can simply swallow a spoonful of raw honey.

3. Spice Tea

Spice tea is a highly beneficial Ayurvedic remedy to get rid of common cold.

  1. Dry roast and grind a quarter cup of coriander seeds, one a half tablespoons each of cumin and fennel seeds, and a quarter teaspoon of fenugreek seeds.
  2. Now, boil a cup of water.
  3. Add one and a half tablespoon of this spice powder and one and a half teaspoon of rock candy (misri).
  4. Let it simmer for three to four minutes.
  5. Add two tablespoons of milk.
  6. Bring the solution to a boil and then strain it.
  7. Sip it slowly while it is hot.
  8. Drink this spice tea daily until the symptoms subside.

4. Ginger

Ginger can be helpful in treating common cold and its symptoms due to its antiviral, expectorant, and anti-inflammatory properties.

  • Eat raw ginger or drink ginger tea several times a day. For enhance the effectiveness of ginger tea, add a lemon juice and honey to it.
  • You can also make a paste of ginger, cloves and salt and eat one-half teaspoon of it two times a day.
  • For a runny nose, mix equal amounts of dry ginger powder, clarified butter (ghee) and jaggery (gur), a natural sweetener. Consume this mixture daily in the morning on an empty stomach.

5. Chicken Soup

Chicken soup has many essential nutrients and vitamins that help treat common cold symptoms. The high antioxidant properties in chicken soup speed up the healing process.

In addition, it will boost immunity and restore strength in your weary body. For best results, make homemade chicken soup using organic vegetables and chicken.

6. Red Onion

Those suffering from a cold can get relief from homemade red onion syrup. To make the syrup, you will need red onions and honey or brown sugar.

  1. Slice two to three red onions horizontally. Put one slice of onion in a bowl and add raw honey. Repeat the process until the bowl is full.
  2. Cover the bowl and leave it for 12 to 15 hours. When you open the bowl, there will be thick liquid like syrup.
  3. Drink a spoonful of the syrup several times a day to get relief from sore throats and other symptoms of a cold.




  1. what is a home remedy for when you get head aches and you do not like to take aspirin.

  2. This is the best list I have read for colds home remedies and they work specially the
    garlic. More than a year a go a catch a very strange pneumonia virus that fortunatelly only
    got stuck in my stomach causing some trouble there and a heavy cold, but the gastro told me that he could only give me some medicine to help with the virus but could not kill it but he would give me an antibiotic for some other germ or bacteria that he found in my stomach which got me very sick, so I looked up in the internet some scientific studies about garlic and in ten days of taking 10-clove infusion before breakfast all virusus, bacteria, germs and flu was gone. Actually the flu was gone in a couple of days. For the first time in my life my flu did not turn into bronquitis or laringitis or worst. The important thing about garlic is that before you make the tea, you crush the cloves and let them over the counter for over 15 minutes to allow the antibiotic substance in them to come out.

    • Hi I just started taking apple cider 1 tsp in half warm cup water w/One Lemon squeezed 1tsp honey n small head minced garlic I will start letting it set over 15 min. This is something we should all have in stock always .Wish I would’ve took it Sunday first sign of symptoms so my cold wouldnt last a week .Got sick Monday Morning but Tolerating it Better .Try boiling 5 head of garlic with Carrots in Water or milk N drink Every evening An Ancient Remedy just found in a book. Eat avocados Carrots Radishes Pears Raisins or grapes n Something in yogurt Prevents Nasty soar throats.

  3. Thanks for the information on common colds it will help my family who has low immune symptoms and diabetes.

  4. Awesome remedies,tried for my hubby n it really worked

  5. R der any helpful remedies for weight reduction

  6. shivangi agnihotri August 13, 2013, 10:36 am

    thaks after seeing home treatment to tackle with cold i feel very happy it is the cheapest medi.$not even effect our boby…

  7. John Ryan Dela Cruz November 22, 2013, 12:48 am

    I actually have colds right now, 10 mins after I took organic powered garlic, my nasal passages got relieved right away and I could breathe better now.. It’s really awesome informative site for the remedies for colds.. thumbs up..

  8. Mohammad Shamsudduha December 18, 2013, 5:38 am

    I have just got this site and read them carefully. I think it would be beneficial for health cuz it has no side effect.

  9. Every year, myself and my son would catch colds in the late winter and early spring, then move straight into allergies and get sinus infections. I use to hate onions unless they were cooked into something, but over the last couple of years we started eating raw red onions on salads and sandwiches. I found I really liked those. Coincidentally, neither of us have had a cold or sinus infections in the last 2 years. Also, our allergy symptoms have greatly reduced. I believe it was the increase in the consumption of red onions. It certainly doesn’t hurt to continue and my 12 year old will eat them.

  10. Yea..it works better ,i took a tablespoon honey with ginger and lemon till my common cold become cure.

  11. Yea..it works its nice and awesome

  12. its really great home remedies.

  13. I’ll try those remedies at home

  14. Raghavendra Rao PV September 15, 2014, 6:28 am

    Really helpful, thanks. Keep up the good work :)

  15. Yes, Really the above is very useful and it worked fine for me. Thank you very much.

  16. saber mohammed June 10, 2015, 3:27 am

    Jist yesterday I got cold Inshallah I will try these remedies. Remedies are better than tablets.

  17. it really works

  18. Am loving this I took honey at night my running nose has just stopped. The remedies are easy to find. I will keep on taking this items till all is cleared out.

  19. I feel good after using this method to avoid common cold

  20. Hi I don’t know how to thank you..its realy working…garlic is great

  21. Thanx…. ginger tea is really helpful

  22. I m suffering from a bad cold n running nose. Thanks for all the home made remedies. I m going to try one of them now. The ingredients luckily r cheap n available always. Thanks guys:-)


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