10 Natural Ways to Beat Winter Cold

The cold weather may bring with it a case of the sniffles or flu. Sudden fall in temperatures may cause unwanted illness, making us unable to do our regular routines. Everyone wants to be able to lead a normal life and carry on with everyday activities despite the weather. I have always relied on natural remedies and methods in beating winter ailments, or just battling winter cold naturally. It is easy to go to the drugstore and take medicine when you’re sick. As much as possible, I try to avoid chemicals to enter my body.

I have discovered several effective and natural ways to treat winter cold. Here are 10 natural ways to beat winter cold:

#10 Elderberry Syrup

The natural juices of elderberry are high in immune compounds, especially useful in battling the common cold. The black elderberry variety can help in avoiding minor illnesses because they contain plenty of Vitamins A, B, and C.

There is medical evidence that elderberry helps reduce swelling in mucous membranes and helps relieve nasal congestion. You can make your own elderberry syrup by following this simple recipe.  

#9 Oil of Oregano

Oregano oil has antiviral, antibacterial and antioxidant properties. Oil is extracted from the oregano plant using steam distillation, but you don’t have to do it yourself.

It’s easy to purchase oregano oil online or from stores that sell natural healing products. Ingest three to four drops, and then follow right away with a full glass of water. It doesn’t really taste that good, but it is very effective against winter cold.

#8 Raw Honey and Lemon

Raw honey is a great ingredient because it has natural antimicrobial properties. Honey boosts immunity and lemon is full of Vitamin C. The best thing about honey is that you can mix it with just about anything – teas, apple cider vinegar, or oatmeal.

I love to eat a spoonful of honey now and then just for the sake of taste, but it’s also good to know that it helps our bodies prevent cold.

#7 Salt water rinse

When I wake up in the morning with nasal congestion, I just gargle with lukewarm water and salt, and the congestion magically disappears.

Salt water also reduces bacteria and removes virus particles, thus it also helps fight acne. It’s a simple but very effective method that works all the time.

#6 Echinacea

Studies show that Echinacea helps reduce cold and has a positive effect on the immune system in general. 

However, it is not nearly as effective as elderberry syrup or oil of oregano. I like the taste of the tea, though.

#5 Fermented Cod Liver Oil

It may sound disgusting, but it’s good for you to take one teaspoon of fermented cod liver oil every winter morning. It has Omega 3 that is important when we you not getting enough Vitamin D from the sun. So, to avoid having to eat this, try to spend a bit more time outside.

Vitamin D helps our body’s immune functions, so if you have low Vitamin D levels in your body, you are more likely to catch common colds, especially during the winter.

#4 American Ginseng Root

Not to be confused with its Asian or European cousins, American ginseng, in particular, is used to boost the immune system and effective for preventing flu and viruses.

In fact, its extract is added to over-the-counter cold medicines.

#3 Garlic

Aside from being effective against high blood pressure and fungal infections, garlic is used to combat the common cold. As much some people like the taste, other people don’t enjoy the smell, so if you eat a lot of garlic, make sure you brush your teeth regularly.

#2 Ginger Tea

A fresh slice of ginger root, lemon, and honey will help stop cold symptoms. It also helps hydrate and soothe a scratchy throat.

I love drinking ginger tea with a bit of honey or lemongrass on a cold winter’s night.

#1 Apple Cider Vinegar

Drinking apple cider vinegar whenever you have a bad cough during winter months can expel phlegm right away. Apple cider vinegar creates alkaline for viruses, which effectively fights bacteria that causes colds and flu.

What’s your favourite natural way to beat a winter illness?


  1. Oh man, cold season. With a little one in daycare, we always seem to have some sort of winter cold around here. I usually reach for the tea and lemon and then just try to get a lot of sleep. But these are some great tips! I’ve never heard of the elderberry syrup idea…I’ll have to investigate that one! Thanks, Agness! 🙂

    1. I don’t really get sick on cold seasons but it’s good to know some natural ways to beat the winter cold 🙂

  2. Lots of great natural healing staples here on thislist, I have used quite a few. The elderberry is new to me. Happy New Year!

    1. You should definitely try elderberry syrup 🙂 Happy New Year to you too, my dear!

  3. I swear by the salt water rinse! Whenever I start a cold coming on I get to it with t he salt water. I even carry salt when I’m travelling hehe 🙂

    1. Nice! I will pack some salt when heading to North Korea in 3 weeks!! It’s going to be freezing there!

      1. The salt water rinse is my go-to too! I use it for EVERYTHING. I’ve never tried oil of oregano, but I’m going to try it next time I’m sick.

        Agness, you’re going to North Korea?! Did you mean South? If not, what are you going for? Ooo I hope you do a blog post about it!


        1. Hey Greta! I’ve already been to South Korea and next week I’m heading to North Korea. I’m also a travel blogger so it’s a sightseeing trip! 🙂 I’ll post about it on my travel blog -> http://etramping.com XxX

  4. Garlic, ginger tea and anything with lots of Vitamin B! I know this is an Australian cliche, but vegemite is full of vitamin B!

    But now… waiting for the Spring “How to beat hayfever post”… I would be forever indebted to you…

    1. I tried vegemite, Tim and I HATED IT :(((((( sorry but it is disgusting!!

  5. It’s super hot where I am in Australia at the moment. I wish it was cold lol. This is good advice for any time of year.

    1. It’s super hot here in China as well, but I’m heading back to Europe next winter so I will definitely use these tips when I get sick 🙂

  6. I could have used this a few days ago! I caught a cold at the end of my trip. Flying home was a bit tough! I will keep these in mind the next time….well hopefully I won’t get a cold again, but just in case….

    1. Getting sick while on the road is never nice 🙁 Hope you’re feeling better now, Kathy!

  7. Thank you for these helpful tips. There’s a cold going around in my office so I’m trying my best to not get sick. I love drinking honey and lemon so I’m going to start doing that.

    1. Stay healthy and drink a lot of hot water with fresh lemon!

  8. What great solutions (but I hope I don’t need them 😉 ) Thanks for compiling this list!

    1. Thanks and stay healthy! 🙂

  9. Great list to keep in mind! And it is so funny, I almost had a shock when I saw your picture above, you look soooo much like one of my friends, for a moment I was really confused! 🙂

    1. Really? Nice! Say hi to your friend :)x

  10. I made elderberry syrup last summer. I wish I’d read this earlier when my youngest was suffering from a cold…

  11. Lemon and honey and apple cider vinegar are my 2 faves! When I feel a cold come on I try to drink a TON of water and sleep as much as possible:-)

    1. Yes, water always works!

  12. All of these are great natural suggestions to battle a cold!

    1. Definitely, Laura!

  13. I’ve sworn by honey and lemon for years. Thanks for all the tips!

    1. Me too! High five!

  14. SOOOO many things I need to try! Awesome list!

    1. Goooooo try them!

  15. This is a wonderful list that could be followed this winter Agnes! I loved every one of them, Now I need to make a list of what to use when, scheduling them I mean!

    1. Thanks, happy you liked it!

  16. OMG! I am in a midst of a cold and so need this! Thank you!

    1. Get better soon, Karlie.

  17. Love this list! I have an elderberry tea that I Love iced in summer. Need to start drinking it in the winter now, thanks for the great tips!

    1. Awesome to hear that. Elderberry tea is very tasty :).

  18. My son has a cold and cough, so I need to try some of these ASAP!

    1. Definitely! Hope he can get better soon!

  19. My daughter and husband have a cold right now so these tips are perfect!

    1. Wishing them a speedy recovery, Kelly!

  20. Thank you for this wonderful tips for cold, they are really helpful. 🙂

    1. Happy to hear that, Anu!

  21. Oh man. Cold and flu season in this house right now. My go to has always been chewing a big clove of garlic. I’m glad there are many other, less stinky methods I could try!

  22. I am a serious germaphobe so I knew about all of these except elderberry, which I will check out. I eat garlic every single day, raw if I can, but otherwise roasted. I am also huge on acv, honey, ginger, and lemon. I haven’t been brave enough to try oregano oil yet. Have you?

    1. I’ve tried it once and it’s ok. You should be brave enough to do it. Go Laura, go!

  23. Uhg the weather in New York has been all over the place lately. These tips are wonderful and a good refresher, this reminds me I need to start drinking my tea more!

    1. Great! Thanks, Mary!

  24. Thank you for stopping by my site Agnes. I’m happy to announce that I’m a regular with apple cider vinegar, ginger, garlic, honey and lemon 🙂

    1. I love adding apple cider vinegar to my salad. Happy to keep in touch x 🙂

  25. Great article and tips. It has been a particularly nasty cold and flu season and these are some perfect natural ways to combat them. 🙂 Thanks for visiting my site.

    1. It’s lovely to keep in touch, Stacey! I’m glad you liked the tips!

    1. Thanks a lot! 🙂

  26. I love all of these natural remedies! It seems like everyone has been getting hit hard with the cold and flu right now! I will definitely have to try these out. XOXO.

    1. I love them too and haven’t been sick for a while! 🙂

  27. What a fantastic list of natural items. As a pharmacist, l always recommended quite a bit off the list for patients to the chagrin of my supervisors.. I hate taking my medication and so l definitely don’t want to add more. I need to go back to adding apple cider vinegar to my water :-).

    1. Thanks, Kemkem! x

  28. The honey and lemon combination is familiar to me, but I could have used all of these cold fighters last week when I was fighting off a great big nasty cold. GREG

    1. Next time! 🙂

  29. These are great! Elderberry is wonderful for fighting colds. My husband always gets them in the winter and we keep it in our cabinent.

  30. I love honey/lemon and ginger tea! Thanks for the tips!


    1. Me too, Violette! 🙂

  31. It’s summer down under but now I’m ready when the cold weather colds arrive. Thanks!

    1. You’re welcome, Maureen.

  32. Great list! It’s always good to try something without medicine to feel better!

    1. Thanks, Kelly! 🙂

  33. Love this tips! Garlic and ginger tea are my favourites too 😉

    1. Nice to hear that, Evi.

  34. Cold season is awful, but sometimes it’s hard to avoid! Natural remedies are definitely a go to, when possible. Awesome collection you have here. I always try to eat more garlic and ginger when I have a cold. Plus, I just love the taste of both, especially when added to chicken broth 🙂

    1. Thanks, girl for sharing. I hate being cold and these natural ways can definitely help you recover from a bad cold!

  35. Great post Agness…perfect timing as we are all facing cold weather and fighting cold and flu…and nothing better that natural remedies…thanks!
    I hope you are enjoying your week

    1. Thank you, Juliana. I’ve been enjoying my week a lot. Just came back from North Korea! 🙂

  36. I hadn’t heard that about oregano oil. How interesting! Guess I need to stock up;)

    1. You should, Maria!

  37. wow so many unique natural remedies! I use few of these but so many of these are so new to me!! Thanks for a wonderful article!

    1. Great to hear that, Ami!

  38. Great tips, I do Omega 3 fish oil every morning.
    I love drinking tea, currently on a peppermint kick, but I will have to look into ginger tea.

    1. I eat a lot of fat fish each day. Well done, Abby!

  39. Great tips that I will have to try! I live in Texas so the weather is constantly cold to hot, hot to cold. My body can’t adjust fast enough!

    1. Stay healthy, Lauren!

  40. Love this! These are all super practical, too! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  41. I had my worst cold in years after coming home from Florida this month. I am good about taking echinacea and doing salt water rinses, but loved the other tips!

    1. Take care, Liz!! Drink plenty of hot water x

  42. Actually, I am having cold right now but today I feel much better, drank a lot of ginger tea it really helped with clearing my chest. I’m saving your post, I’m sure I’ll need it in the future 🙂

    1. Get well soon! x

  43. Ginger tea is the best! I love ginger tea with honey + lemon!

    1. Totally agree!!

  44. You offer some great tips here. Thanks!

  45. Hi Agnes, thanks for dropping by my blog and leaving a comment. I was struck by this particular post in all the similarities of my Hungarian mother’s cold cures. One that is missing is my cold cure chicken bone-broth. I simmer several roasted chicken carcasses over 12-20 hours in my slow cooker (no open flame to worry about) with a variety of vegetables , like carrot, celery, parsley, ginger root, etc, whatever is in the house. Obviously, cooking that long makes the vegetables inedible but the broth resulting is spectacular. I always strain through a very fine sieve (a reusable metal coffee filter works best) and then I refrigerate so the fat congealed and I can skim it off easily. Honestly, two bowls of this vitamin-rich bone broth cures everything!

    1. Thank you, Eva for sharing. I’ve made bone broth twice in my life and it turned to be very delicious and nutritious, indeed!

  46. I love this list! I am fortunate enough that I avoided the cold this winter so far, but will keep these in mind!

    1. Hope you won’t needs them! Stay healthy! x

  47. I always have plenty of garlic, ginger, water, any source of Vitamin C and as much rest as I can get! I haven’t had a bad cold in 2 years.

    1. Great to hear that, Chelsey! x

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