Cures from the Cupboard

Do you sometimes wonder if you should take a nasty chemical cold, cough and flu medicine versus letting your body’s natural healing take effect? If you’re like us, you’d rather always seek natural remedies first and only take pharmaceutical cough syrups and decongestants, as a last resort.

Our first line of defense the moment it feels like something has invaded our system… or even if we’ve just been exposed is to go for a strong dose (double tea bags) of herbal cold care and immunity boosting teas first, plus extra vitamin C. We add 1-2 tablespoons each of Manuka honey and lemon juice.

So we’re always willing to try natural remedies for coughs and congestion long before hitting the bottles of pharmaceutical stuff.1)

Here’s a simple homemade decongestant, cough and cold remedy, followed by a step by step ‘How-to’ video.

Homemade Natural Spicy Cider Decongestant and Expectorant

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Image: Everyday Roots

Ingredients: Cayenne pepper, honey, lemon juice, ginger, apple cider vinegar.

Magic Mixture

Cayenne pepper, honey, and ginger are all natural expectorants, meaning they help loosen phlegm or mucous from the lungs, making it easier to rid yourself of it and therefore relieving pressure and making you more comfortable.

Cayenne also works as a decongestant, thanks to the natural chemical capsaicin, which helps relieve swelling and inflammation that is narrowing nasal passages. Apple cider vinegar is thought to help thin out mucus being secreted, making it easier to drain the congestion.

Lemon juice is also thought to help with congestion, although the exact scientific reason isn’t known, and makes the whole thing go down a little easier.


  • ½ teaspoon of cayenne pepper
  • ½ teaspoon of powdered ginger
  • 3 tablespoons of all natural organic honey
  • 1/4 cup of lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar


Pour ¼ cup of lemon juice and ¼ cup of apple cider vinegar in pot and bring to a gentle simmer.

Stir in 2-3 tablespoons of raw organic honey and ¼-½ teaspoon of cayenne pepper and powdered ginger each (the latter amount makes it quite strong and may be too hot for some).

Store in a jar in a cool, dark, place indefinitely.

Image: Everyday Roots
Image: Everyday Roots

Adults take 1-2 tablespoons daily as needed. Shake well before using, as the powder doesn’t dissolve in the most pristine way. I find it pleasant sometimes to warm the mixture before taking it.

This delicious and effective home remedy will help your cough and cold.3)

For another awesome home remedy for coughs and colds, see the video recipe on page 2 below the related Amazon products and references.


Magic and Medicine of Plants by Inge N. – Project Editor Reader’s Digest
Rosemary Gladstar’s Medicinal Herbs: A Beginner’s Guide by Rosemary Gladstar

HoneyTree’s Raw Organic Honey
Kevala Organic Apple Cider Vinegar
MGO 400+ Manuka Honey (20+), 250gm – 100% Pure New Zealand Honey – Manuka Health
Mercola, Sunshine Mist Vitamin D Spray – Mercola

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