DIY Friday! 24 Delicious Winter Cold Remedies

This post was directly shared from Buzzfeed, who had this fantastic list of cold & flu remedies. As the author says, whether they actually work or not is up for debate, but they certainly are tasty & will cheer up any winter’s day. And cheer up a sick friend, too! I’m a particular fan of ginger tea & all things ginger, so winter’s suddenly looking a little less bleak right now.

1. Lemon, Ginger & Honey Flu Remedy

Lemon, Ginger & Honey Flu Remedy

This one tastes amazing!Find instructions here.

2. Flu Buster Clementine Creamsicle Smoothie

Flu Buster Clementine Creamsicle Smoothie

Vegan & creamy. Get the recipe here.

3. Classic Chicken Noodle Soup

Classic Chicken Noodle Soup

A basic, but timeless recipe from Smitten Kitchen’s recipe

4. Apple Cider Vinegar Elixir

Apple Cider Vinegar Elixir

There’s a lot of support for apple cider vinegar as a healing tool. So, whether you buy into that or not, it could be nice to try this recipe here.

5. Sage Tea

Sage Tea

Sage is considered a fighter of bacteria, and is often used to battle throat inflammation. Make a cup of tea from fresh or dried sage by using 2 tablespoons (fresh) or 1 tablespoon (dried) in a cup of boiling water. You can add your choice of sweetner, too and put it in a nice teapot or cup so you don’t have to feel like you’re drinking a cup of herbs. Some info on sage can be found here.

6. Asian Noodle Soup (Vegan)

Asian Noodle Soup (Vegan)

Yum! Soba noodles and tofu – vegan, warm & declious! Get the recipe here.

7. Homemade Cough Remedy

Homemade Cough Remedy

Mix cider vinegar, honey, cayenne, and ginger into a cough syrup that’s guaranteed to taste way better than Dimetapp, even if it’s not a fun purple color. Recipe here.

8. Ginger & Lemon “Cure For Colds” Cake

Ginger & Lemon "Cure For Colds" Cake

This recipe is raw and vegan, so it must be extra good for you. It’s quite complicated though, so enlist some assistance from a friend.

9. Spicy Lemon-Ginger “Intensi-Toddy”

Spicy Lemon-Ginger "Intensi-Toddy"

This recipe is a more hectic version of basic lemon/honey deal with cayenne pepper, cloves, and cinnamon. You won’t have congestion for long after this!

10. Chicken And Vegetable Wonton Soup

Chicken And Vegetable Wonton Soup

This gingery Asian-inspired soup can be made & frozen to be used at any time. Won-tons can be bought at most asian import stores (try Claremont or Sea Point for a wide range of options).

11. Moxie’s Cold Cure-All

Moxie's Cold Cure-All

This recipe includes immune-boosting echinacea, so it’s worth drinking even if you’re not sick yet. It tastes good, too.

12. Kimchi Fried Rice

Kimchi Fried Rice

Comfort food at its healthiest. Recipe here.

13. Sriracha Cold Remedy

Sriracha Cold Remedy

Mix sliced fresh ginger, lemon juice, Sriracha, and hot water to make a savory hot broth that’ll pep you right up.

14. Chicken Soup With Carrot Hearts

Chicken Soup With Carrot Hearts

A nice option for giving a sick friend. Find it here.

15. Turmeric Milk with Ginger and Cardamom

Turmeric Milk with Ginger and Cardamom

If you’re into hot milk, try this recipe. You may need to sweeten it a bit, though. Recipe here.

16. Ginger Tea

Ginger Tea

My favourite! This can also be used to ease an upset stomach — just peel, slice, and steep fresh ginger in hot water. Ginger can help loosen up gross phlegm and clear congestion. Instructions here.

17. Cote d’Azur Cure-All Soup


Doesn’t this just look like the ultimate comfort soup? Recipe here.

18. Flu Fighter Cookies

Flu Fighter Cookies

Sounds a bit like an excuse to eat biscuits, but why not try these cookies? With yogurt, ginger, lemon, cinnamon, and cranberries they’re just a tiny bit “healthy”. And again, a great gift for a sick friend or kid!

19. Kimchi, Pork & Tofu Soup (Kimchi Jigae)

Kimchi, Pork & Tofu Soup (Kimchi Jigae)

Knocking your sinusitis out of the water. Recipe here.

20. Lemon Rosemary Honey Syrup

Lemon Rosemary Honey Syrup

Use these instructions for making infused citrus and herb honey syrups that you can add to any hot drink for instant cold-curing power. Another great gift.

21. 44-Clove Garlic Soup

44-Clove Garlic Soup

What? Interesting combo, but I’m guessing tasty, all the same. Find the recipe here.

22. Influenza RX Sorbet

Influenza RX Sorbet

This is the perfect way to ease a fiery throat or help someone with a fever. Tasty & helpful! It includes orange, honey, ginger, cayenne, and most importantly…whisky. Get the recipe here.

23. Immune-Boosting Miso Vegetable Soup

Immune-Boosting Miso Vegetable Soup

More amazing soup! Get the recipe here.

24. Orange Rosemary Spritz Cocktail

Orange Rosemary Spritz Cocktail

OK, after you’ve taken your chemical meds & are on the mend again, you can try to get a (hehe) ‘healthy’ version of a cocktail by making this delicious, citrus drink. Find out here.


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