diy cold remedy

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.