No one wants to contract the cold or flu but unfortunately, it happens. Personally, I never take a flu shot but what I always do is keep certain ingredients on hand for homemade cold and flu remedies. I really hate taking medicine, especially since you just never know what truly goes in to those over the counter syrups and pills. So, I thought this year, I would gather a list of homemade remedies to fight all of the symptoms of the cold and flu, you know, just in case.

I found some wonderful home remedies that are so easy to make and contain ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry. It’s always a good idea to try different remedies, just to see what works. You could get the ingredients for all of these 25 home remedies and not spend much, so if you wanted to try them all they’re not terribly expensive. In fact, you’ll save money over buying over the counter cough drops, decongestants and cough syrups and you’ll save yourself from having to visit the doctor. From teas to soups, you’re going to find the perfect remedy for your family and you won’t have to worry about running out to the store at midnight to stop those coughing fits.

Making your own cold and flu remedies is great. Not only do you get to ensure that your family isn’t taking in any harmful chemicals from medicines, but you save so much money, and you can avoid any ingredients that someone in your family may have intolerance to. I love a good life hack and these homemade remedies are some of the best. And if you love life hacks, too then be sure to check out these 25 restoration hacks to turn old things new again.

1.Garlic Soup

What makes this soup such a potent cold and flu killer is the garlic…and it has 44 cloves of garlic in it. It’s not so potent that it would ward off a vampire however. It actually tastes really good and has onions, chicken broth, thyme, and a host of other things in it that will help to soothe those cold and flu symptoms…and it’s really easy to make.

2. Homemade Apple Cider Vinegar Elixir

Apple cider vinegar is good for a number of things around the house, including helping to soothe those cold and flu symptoms. You just put apple cider vinegar in a glass and add honey and cayenne pepper. The honey and pepper are also great for helping to kill those cold germs and honey helps to soothe a sore throat.

3. Grandma’s Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

What could possibly make you feel better when you have a cold than a nice warm bowl of classic chicken noodle soup? I make this every year…several times actually…when we start feeling a bug coming on and it’s wonderful. With egg noodles, carrots, onions, celery and chicken broth, there just isn’t anything else in the world that will make you feel all warm and cozy like this chicken soup.

4. Cold Busting Coconut And Orange Smoothie

Oranges are packed with vitamin C and coconut oil helps to reduce the length of the cold and flu. When you put them both together into this smoothie, you get a delicious treat that not only tastes good, but helps you to combat those germs. This also has ginger, which is a natural pain reliever and clementines that are also packed with Vitamin C.

5. All Natural Cold And Flu Zapper

This all natural recipe contains turmeric, cayenne pepper, raw honey, lemon and garlic to create a remedy that will shorten the length of your cold or flu and help you to feel better at the same time. All of the ingredients have healthy properties, right down to the quarter cup of water that is included.

6. Homemade Antibacterial Blend

This homemade remedy is a copycat of Thieves essential oil blend and it’s great for helping to eliminate germs that cause the cold and flu. It’s really simple to make and you can use it in a number of ways to help fight germs this season. Clean the house with it, use it as a mouthwash or diffuse it in the air to kill those germs and get over your sickness much faster.

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