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5 Home Remedies to Soothe Your Cold Symptoms

By Becky Striepe
3/5/2013 10:28:02 AM

Cold season is in full swing - have you dodged the germy bullet so far? If you're struggling with uncomfortable cold symptoms, check out these natural home remedies to help give you some relief!

Just about week ago I was thinking proudly about how I'd managed to make it through most of this super nasty cold season without getting sick. Of course, days later I woke up weak, feverish, and coughing with a runny nose. Serves me right for jinxing myself!

I've never been crazy about taking medicine, and at almost 8 months pregnant I've been even less willing to pop pills during this sickness, though I will admit to taking Tylenol for my fever, since a high fever can be worse for your baby than the acetaminophen.

Since shooting some NyQuil and sleeping for two days was off the table, I've been finding some other ways to handle my sore throat, stuffy nose, and fever chills instead!

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1. Cayenne Pepper Drink

This recipe is adapted from PopSugar.

This is not what I would call "a joy to drink," but if your nose is stuffed up, it is sure to clear things out!

Ingredients

1/2 cup water

1/4 cup apple cider vinegar

1 teaspoon maple syrup

3/4-1 teaspoon dried cayenne pepper (start with 3/4, then add more if you can handle the extra heat)

1-2 tablespoons lemon juice

Directions

Heat the water up in your kettle, then add the remaining ingredients, stirring to mix it up really well. While it's still steamy hot, breathe in the steamy, spicy vapors.

Then, when it's cool enough, drink up! You want to wait for it to cool off some, because this is not a sipping drink. Just get it down in a few gulps, if you can.

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2. Salt Water Gargle

Whether it's from post-nasal drip or just plain nasty germs, a salt water gargle can give you some relief. If your throat is very dry, though, you don't want to use salt. For that problem, see the vinegar gargle recipe below this one.

Ingredients

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

1/2 cup water

Directions

Heat up the water in your kettle, then stir in the sea salt. When the mixture is cool enough to handle, gargle with about 1 tablespoon every couple of hours to relieve that sore throat.

3. Vinegar Gargle

Has all that coughing left your throat feeling raw? A vinegar gargle can make a big difference! Here's how to mix up your own!

Ingredients

1/4 cup apple cider vinegar

1/4 cup warm water

Directions

Combine the vinegar and water, and gargle 1-2 tablespoons of the mixture every couple of hours.

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