Tis’ the season for catching the common cold! While it may be tempting to reach for the usual over- the-counter medicine, MOLLY MAID suggests trying these homemade remedies to help alleviate your cold symptoms this winter.


Hot Ginger Tea

Hot ginger tea is a great remedy for congestion. The aromatic parts in ginger, called ‘gingerol’, help alleviate congestion, while the hot water hydrates your body. Here’s a recipe for you to try:


  • 6-8 tbsp of freshly grated ginger root
  • A dash of cinnamon (optional)
  • A squirt of lemon juice (optional)
  • 1 tsp of honey (optional)
  • 4 cups of water
  • Strainer
  • A jar with a tightly sealing lid


  1. Bring water to a boil. Once boiled, add ginger and cinnamon to the water.
  2. Cover liquid and let it steep for 30-40 minutes.
  3. Strain liquid into a mug and reheat the tea if necessary. Add honey and lemon to taste.
  4. Refrigerate the left over tea in the jar, for up to 24 hours.
  5. Reheat and drink 3 times throughout the day.

Peppermint Chest Balm

Homemade peppermint chest balm is a great remedy for congestion, and can be used in conjunction with ginger tea. The menthol in the peppermint essential oil creates a cooling sensation that makes it easier to breathe. You can also use eucalyptus, rosemary or thyme instead of peppermint, as these essential oils produce the same effect.


  • ½ cup of coconut oil
  • 15 drops of peppermint essential oil
  • An airtight container, preferably metal


  1. In a pan, heat coconut oil until melted.
  2. Remove from heat and pour coconut oil into the airtight container.
  3. Add peppermint essential oil, stir, and seal until cooled.
  4. Once cooled, rub the balm on your chest. Wash your hands after application, to prevent the balm from coming into contact with your eyes.
  5. Keep peppermint balm in a cool, dark place, out of direct sunlight. The balm can be kept for up to 3 years.

Cough / Sore Throat:

A Honey-onion Syrup

This all-natural recipe is great for fighting a nasty cough and a sore throat. The honey helps sooth your throat, while the onion helps remove bacteria and decrease swelling. It can also help loosen up phlegm in your chest.


  • 1 red or yellow onion, sliced
  • 1 cup of organic raw honey
  • A jar with a tight fitting lid


  1. Slice the onion evenly. Place a quarter of the onions into the jar and layer them with a ¼ cup of honey.
  2. Continue layering, until all of the honey and onion has been placed into the jar.
  3. Close the lid tightly and let it sit for 8-12 hours.
  4. After, take 1 tbsp. of the liquid created, as needed, and let it dissolve in your mouth to coat your sore throat and help control your cough.

Simple Syrup

All-natural syrups are another great remedy you can use to combat a cold. The marshmallow and liquorice root in this remedy provide a soothing coat for your sore throat, while the cinnamon and ginger help relieve congestion and soreness.


  • 1 tbsp liquorice root
  • 1 tbsp marshmallow root
  • 1 tbsp ground cinnamon OR 6 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 tbsp chopped ginger
  • 4 cups of water
  • 1 cup of organic raw honey
  • Strainer
  • Glass jar with a tightly sealing lid


  • Add liquorice root, marshmallow root, cinnamon and ginger into a saucepan and cover with 4 cups of water.
  • Over low heat, simmer the mixture until reduced by half.
  • Strain the herbs and pour liquid back into the saucepan.
  • Over low heat, stir in honey and simmer gently, for 10 minutes.
  • Remove from the heat and place liquid into the jar.
  • Take a maximum of 1-2 tbsp, 3 times daily.
  • The syrup can be stored in the fridge for up to 3-4 weeks.