No Germs Allowed Home Made Cold Remedy

cold_remedy_1_mfbThere is an epidemic going around.  All across North America people are dropping like flies from the flu and respiratory viruses.  The children’s hospital in the city in which I live has been stretched to its limit with sick and suffering kids.  Entire families have been rendered bed ridden and many workplaces have been affected by these nasty little germs.  According to the news, it is common at this time of year to have an outbreak of the flu or other illnesses.  However, that doesn’t mean that we have to like it or suffer just because someone says its normal in January.


Everyone around me has been coughing, sneezing, wheezing, snorting, and the like, so I knew that eventually it was going to make its way to me. And sure enough, I’ve been feeling a bit off.  Not quite right.  My throat is scratchy and sore and my chest is tight and I just know that at any minute I’ll be rubbing my eyes and looking for the fastest way under the covers.

I came across this recipe for home-made cough remedy by Barefeet In the Kitchen and I thought, “What the heck.  It can’t hurt, right?”.  As far as I’m concerned, if I can nip it in the bud before it becomes a full-blown attack on my immune system, I’m all for it.

According to The Global Healing Center, the following are only some of the healing properties of the ingredients listed.

Raw Apple Cider Vinegar – helps the body remove toxins and balances the body’s PH.
Cayenne Pepper – aids in breaking up and moving congested mucus in the body.
Raw Honey – eases stomach aches and sore throats.
Ginger – reduces nausea and aids in clearing throat and nose congestion.

I made this recipe and I have been faithfully taking one tablespoon in the morning, one at noon, and one in the evening for 2 days. For the record I have also been taking oil of oregano in the morning. So far, so good.  My symptoms have not gone away yet, but they have not increased in intensity either.



Home Made Cold Remedy

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 1/3 cup

This remedy is quite spicy (good for cleaning out your sinuses), so I don’t think that most kids will use it.
* Disclaimer – I am in no way stating that this is a cure-all remedy for every cold, virus, flu, or pain that you may have. With every cold remedy, whether home-made, organic, over the counter, or prescribed, results may vary with individual use. When in doubt, see your doctor.


  • 2 tablespoons raw apple cider vinegar (I use Bragg's)
  • 2 tablespoons raw organic honey
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger


Put all ingredients into a small jar or bottle. Close the lid and shake until combined. Refrigerate.

Take 1 tablespoon 3 times per day.


Original Recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen