diy cold remedy

Easy DIY Cough Syrup

A natural easy cough syrup you can make at home! Original recipe found in Rosemary Gladstar’s Medicinal Herbs, a beginners guide

Take once daily during cold season to stave off the sniffles and cough. 3x daily if you’ve caught sniffles and woke up icky! 

I used most of the honey pictured, a good table spoon of garlic, half the onion and the branch off the ginger. 

(Do not feed honey to infants under 12 months. Melt brown sugar and water instead for infants.)

Peel ginger by rubbing it with a spoon! Peel then Cut the onion in big sickle moons. Compost the peels and ends, save the unused portions in the fridge! 

Slice ginger in large pieces, place everything into a cold pan!

Cover everything in as much honey as you can! Oops! The pan is too small! Switched pans in the next photo! (Do not feed honey to infants under 12 months. Melt brown sugar and water instead for infants.)

Much better! Cover with MORE honey! Until the onions are fully covered/or floating!

Heat on LOW for 20-30 minutes, until the onions are soft.

A little frothy = a little too long, but its ok! Just remember for next time to heat for 5 minutes less, still totally usable but I might have cooked some of the delicate nutrients out of the raw honey. (I did 35 minutes here! DX )

Strain warm honey syrup into a bowl or measuring cup. Compost the bits!

Pour into reusable clean containers you saved from previous condiments! Wide mouth is best for dipping little spoons in for kiddo! Let cool on counter for an hour or so, then place in fridge and take daily until gone! 

I’d recommend tossing any leftovers after 4 weeks, but honey IS a preservative, so technically it could last longer than that, but better to be on the safe side. 

It has a very strong onion-garlic taste.

I am not a trained professional in botany, herbalism, or medicine, I am not a physician or doctor.  

Flu & Cold Season Remedy

DIY Vapor Rub Shower Pucks 

You have seen these in the drug store and may have tried them. These DIY versions are economical and easy to make. Put one of these in the bottom of your shower when you’re sick and let it melt away while you have a hot shower. Leaves you feeling less stuffy and helps to clear up colds faster.


1 Cup Baking soda
½ Cup Cornstarch
1/3 - ½ Cup Water
2 - 3 tsp vapor rub ( or natural alternatives)*

Heat water enough to melt the vapor rub in. Add in baking soda and cornstarch and mix into a think paste, if you need to add more water. Line a muffin tin with paper cups, fill each cup about half way with mixture. Let dry overnight. Remove from paper cups when discs are hard and store in an airtight container.

* I grew up using Vicks Vapor Rub and for years used it for colds and flu. Then I realized I was slathering my body with petroleum ingredients - something that is better for my car than my body. This post is follows a post on natural vapor rub.

Natural Remedies for Colds and Flu, Chest Congestion and Cough

This winter has seen a great number of folks afflicted with the viral infectious disease known as the cold or with the escalated version of the cold, known as the flu. Symptoms include upper respiratory tract congestion, sore throat, runny nose, sneezing and fever. 

For generations mothers and grandmothers have said that hot chicken soup would cure a cold and there are many other natural home remedies that will aid in a faster recovery for both colds and the flu.

Ginger Tea: An excellent aid against cold symptoms, it is a natural anti-inflammatory and pain killer; it helps fight fever, congestion and cough.  Add crushed slices of ginger to boiling water for about 3 to 5 minutes. Strain and add honey to taste. Drink while hot.  Also adding pieces of crushed ginger to boiling water before mixing with your favorite tea will provide a wonderful remedy against the chills cased by fever. Drink two to three times a day.

Radish Syrup: Mix a spoon full of minced or pureed radish with plenty of honey; it acts as a natural chest congestion and cough remedy.

Onion Syrup:  One of the best known natural remedies for the cough associated with the common cold or bronchitis is an onion syrup. 

1. Take a large red onion, two cups of white wine of good quality and 2/3 cup of honey. In a large glass or clay container, mix the peeled and cut up onion and the wine.  Let stand for 24 hours in a cool, dark place.  Then strain and add the honey which will be easily dissolved.  Keep in the glass container and drink half a cup four times a day: on arising in the morning, mid morning, mid afternoon and before bedtime. 

2. Another version of onion syrup is alcohol free. Slice a large red onion and place it in a glass jar.  Pour enough honey to cover all of the onion.  Cover and let stand for at least 8 hours.  The onion will yield its juice and mix with the honey to create the cough syrup.  It surprisingly will not have any onion taste and is pleasant enough to be given to young and old.

Citrus Tea: Mix the juice of one orange or one lemon, half a tablespoon of honey and slices of crushed ginger.  Add a cup of boiling water. Drink while it is warm for best results.