‘Tis the season for stuffy noses and sore throats! Traditional cold medicines can leave you in a fog and come with unwanted side effects. Next time you’re hit with a bug, try one of these natural cold remedies!

Black Pepper And Honey Tonic For Cold

Black pepper is antibacterial and antibiotic in nature, due to the presence of immune-boosting Vitamin C. Here’s a morning remedy to fight common cold symptoms. Crush a few black peppercorns and add to a teaspoon of honey. Mix in some water to dilute the taste. 

Feelin’ Phlegmy? 

For this remedy, mix 2 tbsp. of apple cider vinegar, 2 tsp. of honey and 1-2 tbsp. of lemon juice with hot water and drink! This vitamin-C packed concoction is sure to soothe your throat and boost your immune system.

Foraged Berry Cough Syrup

When boiled down, vitamin-C elderberries and chokecherries make a potent natural cold syrup. Native to the Pacific Northwest, you can create your own foraged syrup to fight off winter colds! Harvest huckleberries in late summer or purchase frozen year-round. Chokeberries can be found from early Fall to the first frost of the season. 

A step by step on how to make elderberry syrup!

Boil 1 part berries to 1 part water in a saucepan on high until the berries fall away from their seeds. Remove, strain the seeds through a fine sieve, then return liquid to a saucepan and bring to a boil again. Scrape and discard the foam that collects on top. Add honey, cinnamon, and split vanilla beans. Reduce liquid to desired thickness.


Menthol in peppermint relieves the throat and acts as a decongestant, treating to break down mucus. To take advantage of these healing properties, drink peppermint tea, or inhale the vapors from a steam bath. 

To make a steam bath, add 3 or 4 drops of peppermint oil to a medium-sized bowl of boiled water. Drape a towel over your head, and position your face above the bowl. Take deep breaths directly above the water for three to five minutes.

Thyme Tea

Thyme can be used for respiratory illnesses. The leaves contain flavonoid compounds that relax the throat muscles involved in coughing and lessen inflammation. One studyTrusted source suggests that the essence extracted from thyme mixed with ivy can help relieve coughing and short-term bronchitis. 

Make thyme tea at home using 2 teaspoons of crushed thyme leaves and 1 cup of boiling water. Cover cup, steep for 10 minutes, strain, and drink!