Looking for the best natural cold remedy around? Do you have a sore throat? Runny nose? Non-stop sneezing? Annoying congestion? Or maybe your kids do. Wondering how to get rid of this cold – FAST? This natural cold remedy (it’s a simple tea!) is the BEST and it only takes a few ingredients you might already have – apple cider vinegar, lemon, ginger and honey.
A few times a year, especially during our busiest periods, when I feel run down, I inevitably come down with a cold. For a while I thought I was covering all my bases to make it bearable – lots of water and citrus, nice soft tissues for my nose, etc. I don’t really like to use over the counter medication for colds. But they are just so annoying. How do you get rid of a cold? What’s the best natural cold remedy?
One day Laurier had a cold and ran into a lovely friend of ours, who is also a nutritionist, Connie. Connie let Laurier in on a little secret – the best natural cold remedy she had come across. Bonus – it only used a few ingredients that we already had in our pantry and fridge.
Laurier came home and told me about it, but for some reason I was skeptical. Why? I don’t know. Maybe it just seemed to good to be true? But he was willing to try it, and he did actually start to feel better.
Next time I had the first tickle of a sore throat (which is how my colds always start), Laurier pestered me to try Connie’s natural cold remedy. Finally, without much optimism, I tried it.
It actually worked.
So before I get into the details of the remedy, I have to offer a little disclaimer. I’m not a doctor, or a health professional, or a nutritionist. I’m just a person who gets colds. Maybe just like you! I find this worked for me, so I asked Connie if I could share her awesome natural cold remedy with you and she said yes.
How Do You Stop a Cold – Fast?
I just want to say – I’ve had the most success with this cold remedy when I use it at the first sign of the cold. Whether that’s just a little tickle in my throat, or just that odd feeling in my sinuses, that’s when you should make this tea. Get rid of the cold before it really gets going!
I often find I get the throat tickle, drink the tea a few times and it goes away. Sometimes it comes back a few days later, so I make the tea again and repeat. This might happen a few times before the cold doesn’t come back. No, the tea isn’t the most delicious tea I drink. But it is a million times better than dealing with an actual cold, which is awesome! AND, I love that making this tea is so much cheaper than buying expensive cold remedies!
Bonus: It’s easy to make!
Don’t miss the step-by-step photo instructions below the recipe!
This natural cold remedy (it's a simple tea!) is the BEST and it only takes a few ingredients you might already have - apple cider vinegar, lemon, ginger and honey.
- 1 knob fresh ginger
- 1/4 fresh lemon
- 1 tbsp apple cider
- 1 tbsp honey
Peel ginger (a spoon works great for this!), slice it and bring to a boil in about 1.5 cups water. Simmer for 5 minutes.
Meanwhile, squeeze lemon into a mug. Add apple cider and honey.
After ginger tea is done boiling, add it to the mug. I let the ginger pieces fall in too - they keep steeping as the tea cools.
Drink this up to 3x a day as soon as you feel the first sign of a cold coming on!
How to Make the Best Natural Cold Remedy – a DIY – Step-by-Step Instructions
Ingredients to make the Best Natural Cold Remedy – a DIY
Peel a little knob of ginger – a spoon is the easiest way to do this.
Slice it up and add it to a pot with some water – probably around 1.5 cups if you’re going to make it fresh every time. Bring to a boil and simmer for about 5 minutes.
While the ginger tea is simmering, squeeze 1/4 of a lemon into a mug.
Add 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar.
Add 1 tablespoon of honey to the mug.
Add ginger water to the mug. I also let the ginger fall in, so that it steeps some more as it cools. Stir well to combine.
Errrr… enjoy! Haha the taste is a little strong, but you get used to it. I drink it 3 times/day if I can until the tickle in my throat disappears. Now I’m trying to get my kids to drink it!
*** I know many of you will ask where I got my gorgeous mug! It’s from Gina Cloud, at White Turtle Pottery. She creates so many gorgeous pieces (and they are very affordable) – right on the tiny island we live on. Check out her work here!