DIY Cold Remedies

I rarely get sick, but student teaching this past semester really tested my immune system. I worked with kids grades K-8. Needless to say, my job was a giant petri dish. I got sick once at the elementary school and felt the oncomings of a cold when I worked at the middle school. Being the person I am, I decided to try and beat my illness with natural remedies. I also used a decongestant along with these natural remedies as directed by my physician, aka Mom Dukes.



We talked about essential oils last week on my oil diffusing post. If I were to catch a cold today, I would definitely diffuse Thieves oil. Before I had an oil diffuser, I simply added a couple of drops of Thieves into my water bottle and ingested it that way. It helped open up my air ways and soothe my aching throat. I would recommend it for anyone who’s interested in natural remedies. Be sure you check with your doctor and read instructions on products before using them.



This DIY was one of my favorites. With a cough, headache, and runny nose, sleeping comfortably can be difficult. I had a Hot Toddy before bed (while watching Netflix) and slept like a baby. I also woke up and went through the next day feeling better!


1 cup hot water

1 tbsp fresh lemon juice

2 tsp honey

1 cinnamon stick

3 cloves

2 thin lemon slices

2- 1 oz shots of bourbon whiskey of choice

This recipe is from .




The Hot Toddy recipe is a great transition into the next remedy. Sleep is extremely important when you’re in good health, so it’s imperative that you make sleep a priority when you’re sick. When you sleep, your body has time to heal and restore itself. I tried to get 9-10 hours of sleep while I was battling my cold. Honestly, I could have used more than that. The more sleep I got, the better I felt.



Staying hydrated is also a simple, yet incredibly important remedy to keep in mind while you’re sick. Liquid intake is said to help loosen mucus and help replace fluids lost due to fevers. The first tool in our hydration arsenal is plain old H2O. You can also choose to have it hot with lemon, or throw in a tea bag for added benefits. I like to drink Yogi tea. Another tool to help you get your hydration on is coconut water. Make sure to check the ingredients. They should be BASIC; no funky additives. In my time of illness (yes, I’m dramatic), I like to keep it simple. I’ll occasionally add in some freshly squeezed orange juice, but that’s about it. My #1 tip: Don’t try to hydrate your body with Hot Toddies. Haha




Last, but most certainly not least, remain positive! Everything has a season. Your cold won’t last forever. Take care of yourself, and most of all, take it easy.

I hope you enjoy this post! Be sure to share it with your friends and family. Help each other stay healthy during this cold season 🙂


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