There are lots of medically prescribed medications for coughs and colds, however, there are also some natural foods and condiments that can be just as effective.

These natural remedies can be homemade, they are available in most markets around you and they are very affordable. Here are five remedies you can explore.


Honey is a popular remedy for coughs and colds. It helps to soothe the throat, which in turn clears the airways. Honey is also cost-effective, making it readily accessible to a number of people. It should however not be given to a child that is below 12 months because of the risk of botulism- a poison caused by toxins.


Pineapples contain bromelain which is a group of enzymes found in its stem. Bromelain serves as a powerful anti-inflammatory body that helps to break up mucus caused by coughs and colds and also relieves other symptoms.


Peppermint which can be extracted and kept in oils, teas, or even sweets, is also a natural remedy for coughs and colds. It helps to get rid of mucus in the throat with the aid of menthol which is present in it. It also has a cooling effect on the body.

Saltwater Gargle

Gargling salt water (especially warm) is one of the best ways to clear mucus off the back of your throat. Dissolve half a teaspoon of salt in a full glass of warm water and gargle for also helps with general oral health because salt is a natural disinfectant.


This is one of the oldest known remedies for cold. Ginger contains antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that help to soothe sore throat and also protect against cold viruses. It also provides heat to the body, which is essential when you have a cold or cough. Ginger is a very popular spice, and is readily available in markets near you.

Although these natural remedies have proven to be victorious in the war against coughs and colds, they should not take the place of a medical prescription in serious cases. Also, it is important to note that you should confirm if you are allergic to any of these foods before using them. Please consult a doctor if symptoms persist or worsen.

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