Fight The Cold From Home

The winter is here and, although some people are happy that it's finally nice and cold in the South, it comes with its consequences. Some of you may like that you can go for a run later in the day without having to worry about getting up before the sun comes out. Others may be enjoying the fact that they can sleep with the windows open while cuddling under the sheets, while still others are probably excited about rocking some nice-looking boots, jackets and scarves.

Regardless of the good things cold weather brings, we all have one concern during this time of the year: am I going to get a cold?

With the drastic changes in temperature, it’s no surprise that most of us get sick at least a few days during the winter. The good news is that you don’t have to leave the comfort of your house in order to fight a cold.

Here are some homemade recipes to stop your throat from itching, your chest from coughing and your head from hurting:

  1. Drink a cup of warm water with lemon, cayenne pepper and raw honey first thing in the morning. This cold-fighting-bomb will make your throat feel better right away. The raw honey is packed with antibacterial properties while the lemon and pepper will clean your body from the inside out. You can have this several times during the day and if you’d like to, add a touch of grated ginger.
  2. Eat a garlic clove. This could seem a little bit gross, but it’s not that bad. A garlic clove is packed with antioxidant properties and it also has great antimicrobial, antiviral and antibiotic properties, just make sure to not do it while your hubby is at home or before an important meeting at work!
  3. Gargle with warm salt water This is one of the most traditional sore throat homemade remedies. Besides giving you an immediate relief, this will also help with your throat inflammation. Do this at least three times per day.
  4. Take a warm bath or shower. This will keep your nasal passages moist and will help you relax. If you have access to a bathtub you can add some Epsom salts too.
  5. Drink a green juice or smoothie. Include fruits and veggies that have a high content of vitamin C such as orange, lime and leafy greens. Ideally you’d drink this in the morning since all the fruit have natural occurring sugars that will give you energy throughout the day.

Hope these tips will help you stay warm and healthy during the cold months and always remember to drink plenty of water to stay hydrated!


Claudia Deen is a Certified Health Coach. She is a graduate of the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in New York City. An accomplished distance runner and triathlete, Claudia is passionate about all things related to good physical and mental health. Her goal in life is to educate, motivate and help people to make the right choices in order to live a happy and healthy life. Follow her blog at, on Facebook at Claudia Deen, and on Twitter and Instagram @claudia_deen.