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A Natural Tea to Help Relieve Cold Symptoms

Updated on March 27, 2011

Are You Stuffed Up, Sniffly, or Suffering from a Sore Throat?

It happens to all of us: we wake up one morning with some, or all, of the symptoms of a cold. Some of us immediately head to the pharmacy to pick up some over the counter medication--but these aren't cures, they merely mute the symptoms.

In fact, to really cure yourself of a cold, you need the old-fashioned remedies of rest & plenty of fluids.

I'm not one to take medicine, but rather take the homeopathic/natural route. In addition to rest, I brew up a potent tea when a cold starts to get me down.

already in your kitchen!

Bonus Tip:

If your nose is really clogged up, try inhaling the steam while the tea is boiling--this will help loosen up the gunk in your sinuses.

These ingredients are probably

This is what you need:

  • Lemon
  • Ginger
  • Garlic
  • Honey
  • Water

Crush a few cloves of garlic and grate some ginger. Boil the garlic and ginger with the amount of water you want for your tea in a small saucepan.

After it has boiled for a few minutes, pour into a mug. Stir a spoonful of honey into the tea. Squeeze a wedge of lemon into it (I like to leave the squeezed wedge in the tea as I drink it).

Sip slowly, inhaling the steam from the tea as you drink it.

You might smell strongly for the rest of the day, but drink as needed--you will feel better.

Did you know?

  • Garlic is a natural antibiotic (please make sure you aren't taking any medications that garlic will interfere with). To gain the most benefits garlic has to offer, crush it and consume in the most raw state possible.
  • Ginger isn't only helpful with respiratory infections, it also helps relieve nausea, menstrual cramps, and cramps caused by indigestion (gas).
  • Lemons boost your immune system and help rid your body of toxins.
  • Honey contains antioxidants (darker honey tends to have more) and soothes a sore throat.

While it is important to consult your doctor, it is also helpful to keep a reference book about natural alternatives around.


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    • Bob Ewing profile image

      Bob Ewing 9 years ago from New Brunswick

      i make a tea similar to this for colds.

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      SunSeven 9 years ago from Singapore / India

      Thank you for these tips Stacie. Well written.

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      James Paterson 9 years ago from Scotland

      add a nip of whisky or two and you will soon forget your cold lol, whisky and honey heated in a pan is also a good remedy to try, thanks for sharing Stacie.....jimmy

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      Stacie Naczelnik 9 years ago from Seattle

      Yup, I've been known to make a "tea" of brandy, lemon, and honey--helps me sleep!

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      cgull8m 9 years ago from North Carolina

      Great Hub Stacie, all are healthy ingredients, I prefer such things compared to taking medication. I try this method, for the past few years I have no cold at all :) I also meditate daily. Also I take cayenne pepper in my food which has good health remedies. Thanks.

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      Patty Inglish 9 years ago from North America

      Great Hub! The recipe for the tea sounds delicious as well as effective.

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      nyc_montparnasse 9 years ago from New York & Paris

      I agree. Home remedies are the best route to health!

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      terryg 9 years ago

      I like how natural remedies such as herbal remedies are making a strong comeback. We have lost sight of this given today's medications.


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      Rick 9 years ago

      Oh OH...and olive leaf tea!! I love the stuff.

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      Kirsten 8 years ago

      Ginger is also a great hangover helper, for obvious reasons. Today I was stumbling into work after a night of too much wine; I had already taken a few ibuprofen, but my head was still pounding, and my stomach felt sick as well. Picked up some inari for breakfast (I live in Japan), which comes with slices of ginger on the side. I ate as much of the ginger as I could take, and then I put the rest of the slices in my mug and poured some boiling water over them. Not the most sophisticated tea recipe, or the best quality ginger, but my stomachache went away instantly, and my headache also immediately went down to a very manageable level. Even knowing the benefits of ginger, I was shocked at how quickly and thoroughly this worked, especially when drugs hadn't done anything to help.

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      Gypsy Willow 7 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      I shall try this recipe thanks.

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      Loren Weaver 7 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      I've found ginger to be great for settling an upset stomach - a tip from my Japanese mum!

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      Bibleseo 7 years ago

      Hot indian ginger tea (Chai) is also very helpful in relieving the cold.

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      Dink96 7 years ago from Phoenix, AZ

      Currently suffering from a cold--I'm going to try this. I agree that home remedies are making a comeback! Great hub.

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      Dink96 7 years ago from Phoenix, AZ

      This stuff is FABULOUS! Tastes like something exotic and comforting at the same time! Helped lessen my symptoms immensely. THANKS!!

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      zinapels 5 years ago

      Can i put Ginger in water and drink?

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      newusedcarssacram 4 years ago from Sacramento, CA, U.S.A

      Yes inhaling the vapor that comes out while the tea is boiling is actually vary helpful. And I will always use this homemade tricks...up!

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