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By |March 8, 2013 |Natural Remedies|

When my 2 kids catch a cold, I always use the following kitchen remedies to make them feel better…and they always do!

Garlic is a great anti-viral food and a natural antibiotic. Unlike antibiotics, it doesn’t kill off the healthy bacteria.

Garlic Lemonade:

-Finely mince three cloves of fresh garlic and place them into a one-quart mason jar.
-Fill the jar with boiling water and cover for 30 minutes.
-Strain garlic and to the liquid add the juice of one whole lemon.
-Sweeten with honey or maple syrup and serve.
-Ginger and Cinnamon would also be a nice warming and blood moving addition to this drink if you so desire.

I love Thyme, it really helps clear out your lungs. It really helped me last year when I had a bad bronchitis!

Thyme Tea:

Add 1-2 teaspoons fresh or dried thyme in a cup of boiling water and let it steep for about 10 minutes.


I use Onions every time my kids get a cold! It’s a great home remedy to soothe a cough, stuffy nose or sore throat. I usually just slice an onion, and stuff it into an old sock and hang it over the bed, so my kids get some sound sleep.

You can also do this:

Onion Syrup:

You will need 1 medium onion, sliced and 1-2 cups of raw sugar.
Layer onion slices and sugar in a glass jar until full. Let sit in a cool place for 1 to 2 days while the sugar dissolves. Strain out the onion, bottle the infused honey, and keep in the refrigerator. Use 1/2 to 1 tsp, 3 times a day for cough, congestions, and oncoming cold symptoms. (I know this has sugar in it, but it is a fantastic recipe and not something you would use all the time or long term.)


My kids always ask for soup when they get a cold and aren’t too hungry. Here a great recipe:

Winter Tonic Soup Recipe for a Cold:

  • 2 quarts vegetable stock (Chicken stock can also be used)
  • Handful of Sea Veggies
  • 2 Pieces of Astragalus Root (Astragalus membranaceus)
  • 1 Burdock Root (Arctium lappa)
  • Ginger – 1 inch piece, peeled and chopped
  • Garlic – 4 cloves, chopped
  • 1 Onion – chopped

Cook all at a low simmer for 1 hour. Take off of the stove and add 2-4 Tbsp. Miso (to taste).