14 DIY Cold Remedies From Around the World
Grandmothers all over the world swear by home remedies to help their families feel better when a cold strikes. The therapies take different forms, but the ingredients are similar: Ginger, turmeric, and lemon are considered anti-inflammatories. Hot peppers relieve congestion, cumin boosts immunity, and garlic is antibacterial. None substitute for a doctor's care in the event of a serious illness, nor are they guaranteed to work, but consider trying them with bed rest and plenty of fluids. If avoiding a cold proves impossible, these remedies could save you money on cold medicines that mask the symptoms but might not cure a cold any better than the stuff already in the kitchen.
Though often referred to as "Jewish penicillin," this remedy is used in practically every country and culture -- probably because there's some proof it actually lessens cold symptoms. Commercially processed or takeout soup is okay but can't beat the homemade stuff. Make it with plenty of garlic and onions, which are anti-inflammatories and add another boost of health to the deliciousness.
Taking the cold-curing ingredients of chicken soup and boosting them with ginger is common in China and other places. If a pot of chicken soup is too much, try takeout egg drop soup with a teaspoon of fresh grated ginger added. This recipe from Genius Kitchen can be cooked up in less than an hour.
Toddies are great adult winter drinks even for people who don't have colds. A recipe posted on Food.com shows how to make a mug at a time with whiskey (usually bourbon) enlivened with immunity-boosting lemon and throat-soothing honey. It's heated with boiling water to warm the bones as well as clear the sinuses. Drink enough and you briefly won't care if you're sick -- but drinking too much can cause dehydration, which will make symptoms worse.