13 Natural Remedies for Common Cold

Cold (Sardi-Jukam):

Cold is a common health problem which is almost always accompanied with cough (khansi). It is very irritating condition that takes it own time to be cured (3-5 days) whether you have taken medicine or not. As far as cold (sardi jukam) is concerned, allopathic medicines generally suppress the symptoms, not cure the problem. There are some simple natural remedies which are most effective in controlling cold and cough. So it is better to treat it yourself by applying these remedies which cure root of the problem by way of clearing your stuffy nose and soothing your sore throat.cold

Natural Remedies for Cold:

1. Ginger Juice & Honey:

Ginger (adrak) juice is most effective in curing cold. To make ginger juice, grate a small piece of ginger and extract juice. Add 1 tsp of honey (shahad) in ½ tsp of ginger juice and ingest it 3- 4 times in a day.

Even ginger tea is also good to cure cold. Add some basil leaves and black pepper (kali mirch) in ginger tea. It helps to clear nose blockage and throat congestion by removing mucus.

2. Inhaling Steam for Cold:

Inhaling steam is most effective in clearing nose blockage. For steam, electric vaporizer is available in market by which you can take steam easily. If you have not vaporizer, boil some water in a pot and hold your head over the pot of boiling water by covering with a towel and breathe slowly through your nose. The steam can keep your nose and throat from being too dry; it also helps to ease your breathing and to lose mucus.

3. Badam Rogan for Cold:

Badam Rogan (almond oil) is very good to control cold. Pour 2 drops of Badam Rogan in your both nostrils twice a day; it can help to break up the congestion in your nose.

Badam Rogan remains available in every chemist shop, grocery shop or supermarket.

4. Carom Seeds to cure Cold:

Carom seed (ajwain) works like a medicine in cold and cough. Simply, put 5 gm carom seeds in a clean soft piece of cloth and make a knot on it. Keep this swag up to your nostrils and breathe deeply (inhale the smell). It will help to remove the congestion of your nose quickly.

Carom Seeds Decoction:

Carom seeds decoction (kadha) not only helps to clear cold and cough but throat congestion also. To make decoction- boil two cup water in a pan with 1 tsp ajwain and 2 spoons sugar for ten minutes and consume this water thrice a day by dividing in equal three dosages. Please remember you have not to boil the water till it remains half; only boil it thoroughly so that water will absorb the ‘ark’ (juice) of carom seeds.

5. Gargle with Rock Salt Water:

Gargle with a mixture of rock salt (sendha namak) or tea leaves to clear up a sore throat and cold. Gargling is advised even by the doctor with medicine. But here you need not to have any medicine, only gargle with lukewarm water.
Put ¼ tea spoon tea leaves into a mug and add some boil water in it and cover it for 5 minutes. Then remove the tea leafs and gargle.
Similarly, put a pinch of rock salt in warm water and gargle 3-4 times a day. 

6. Basil Leaves Decoction:

According to modern research, basil leaves or Tulsi have anti-bacterial and anti-viral activity that helps to cure cold in a natural way. (1) Its decoction cures cold within 2 days.


Basil leaves                        11 leaves

Black Pepper                       7 crushed corns

Ginger (crushed)                 5 gm 

  • Boil 200 gm water in a pan with all the three ingredients for 8-10 minutes.
  • Sieve the decoction into a cup and drink it hot.
  • It is better to lie down on bed for some time after drinking it and cover your whole body with comforter.
  • You will get relief immediately from cold, cough, light fever and bronchitis, but repeat it for 2 to 3 days.
  • This home remedy can also be used for children but the quantity will be half.
  • For children, add some sugar and milk in basil leaves decoction. 

7. Suhaga for Cold:

If you are suffering from severe cold and keeps on sneezing, Suhaga will help to cure it permanently. Take 20 gm Suhaga (Borax) from any grocery shop and then convert this into roasted form.

For roasting, heat Suhaga in iron made frying pan till it melts and converts into bloated form; let it to be cool and then grind it to make fine powder. Keep into an airtight jar and take half gm. of suhaga powder thrice a day with lukewarm water. Repeat it for 3 – 5 days. It cures allergic cold and sneezing permanently. You can apply this remedy over children also but the dose of suhaga will be half. Suhaga can be purchased from grocery shop in the market.

8. Mustard Oil & Cow’s Ghee:

Put 2 drops mustard oil (sarson ka tel) or cow’s ghee in your both nostrils with your finger tip at night and smell it deeply; it helps to clear nose blockage due to cold.

9. Milk and Turmeric:

Hot Milk with some turmeric (haldi) powder helps to fight with cold & cough; it is an old remedy, used since ancient era. Drink one glass of milk with a pinch of turmeric powder at night before going to sleep. This remedy is a safe even for children but the dosage should be very little.

10. Lemon & Cinnamon:

Cinnamon can also cure cold and cough; it is a type of spice that can be bought from any grocery shop or supermarket.


Cinnamon powder                  1 gm

Honey                               2 spoons 

Lemon juice                       ½ lemon 

Boil half cup of water and add all the above ingredients- honey, cinnamon and lemon drops in it. Drink it lukewarm.

11. Flax Seeds for Cold:

Flax seed is an important ingredient that can cure even lungs congestion by way of loosening the thicken mucus.


Flax Seeds (Alsi)               1 tbsp

Lemon juice                 few drops

Honey                              1 tbsp

Boil flax seeds in one cup water until it thickens; then sieve it to remove the seeds. Add few drops of lemon juice and honey and drink it twice a day.

12. Betel Leaf (Pan Patta):

Betel leaf (Pan) is an old natural remedy of curing cold and cough.


Betel leaf                                 3-4

Cinnamon powder                 1 gm

Honey                               1 spoon

Crush 3-4 betel leaves thoroughly to extract juice. Now, mix honey and cinnamon in 2 spoons of this betel leaves juice and consume it after meal (lunch and dinner), twice a day.

13. Ginger, Ghee & Jaggery:

To control cold & cough, simply, cook some grated ginger and old jaggery with ghee on heat and ingest it.

14. Harad for Cold:

Harad (terminalia chebula) is an amazing herb that cures cold and cough effectively.

    • Take 20 gm harad and roast them on a pan (tava) slightly.
    • Grind it to make fine powder and keep it into a jar.
    • Now, ingest 1/2 tsp of harad powder with honey two times in a day after meals.
    • You can repeat it for 2-3 days or till required.


All the above home remedies are quite safe and has no side effect; ingredients used in these remedies are part of our day to day life. But if it does not suit you or you are allergic to any ingredient, don’t apply it.