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Best Cold Relief Recipes for Adults and Children

Updated on December 13, 2007

The best thing you can do for a cough or cold is to maximize liquid intake and get plenty of rest. Soothing teas and soups hydrate and comfort sick children and their grown-ups. The next you or your children suffer from a cough or cold, try these healthy homemade remedies.

Ginger Tea

Ginger keeps the body warm and stimulates perspiration. Fresh ginger can be found in most produce departments. Break off a piece of the size you need (yes, this is allowed!) It will cost you pennies. If you don't have fresh ginger, use 1 tsp powdered instead.

Per Serving:

  • 2 tsp grated fresh ginger
  • 1 tsp sugar or honey
  • 1 cup boiled water

Put ginger and sugar in a cup. Pour boiled water in the cup and mix well. Let cool before drinking.

Apple Cider Vinegar Tea

Very good for coughs with a lot of phlegm.

Per Serving:

  • 5 teaspoons honey
  • 5 teaspoons of cider vinegar
  • 1 cup boiled water, cooled

Mix honey and vinegar into water and mix well. Let cool before drinking. If you can stand the strong taste, you can omit the water. Mix honey and vinegar together and take a teaspoon at a time.

Lemon Honey Tea

The old stand by. It's shocking how many people overlook this simple, tried-and-true cold remedy.

  • Juice of one lemon (approx. 2-3 tablespoons
  • 1 - 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1 cup boiled water

Mix lemon juice and honey into water. Let cool before drinking.

Garlic Soup

This is actually more of a tea, or broth but soup sounds more appealing!

  • 3 - 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 cup water

Boil garlic in water for five minutes. Let cool before drinking.

Quick Homemade Chicken Soup

This recipe relies on canned broth. Make it super easy by using the meat from a rotisserie deli chicken. (The carcass of deli chickens makes wonderful homemade broth if you have the time!) In a pinch, bouillon or broth by itself soothes cold symptoms just as well. It just won't be a meal!

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 5 (14.5 ounce) cans chicken broth
  • 1/2 pound chopped cooked chicken breast
  • 1 1/2 cups egg noodles
  • 1 cup sliced carrots
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • salt and pepper to taste

Melt butter in large pot over medium heat. Cook onion and celery about 5 minutes, until tender. Pour in broth and remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes.


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    8 years ago

    i think lemon honey woks well

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    8 years ago

    My daughter has been suffering from cough for a few days now. She said her throat feels itchy. I barely sleep either, knowing she is not well. I think I'll try the ginger tea today. Thanks.

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    8 years ago


    With lemon-honey tea, don't substitute the lemon for a lime.

    It still works a bit, but the taste leaves a lot to be desired

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    9 years ago

    i haven't tried one yet but the best thing for me is to curl up near the fire with a blanket, stereo withnice slow music, pillow, hot chocolate soup it's work to put it together but in the end you feel great and also keep tissues at hand puff plus works best because if you inhale the vix it acts as an inhaler and trets blocked noses get better soon

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    9 years ago from Phoenix,Az

    Nice tips on cold relief recipes. I like how you've laid out you information.

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    10 years ago

    hi my name is squid and i was in the same place you are now probly really late at night on your couch or bed coughing like crazy your head hurts but the best thing to do is stay under 2 big winter blankets tell you sweat like crazy and do that twice a day. this methoed works great my great great great great grandmas favorite methoed and it works.


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