By Scott Meeks

If you're not suffering from a sore throat right now, I bet you know someone who is.  Probably a few people at work, your kids – just about everyone seems to be carrying around cough drops and tissues these days.

Well instead of turning to your medicine chest, try a few HOMEMADE remedies first.  They won't make you loopy like that over-the-counter stuff.  And they're easier on your body and the environment.

Remember, these are all concoctions that are meant to SOOTHE your symptoms.  If you have a severe cold or flu, you should always head to the doctor!



1 tablespoon lemon juice

1 tablespoons honey

Mix together the lemon juice and honey.  Zap it in the microwave for 10 seconds to loosen it up a little.

The honey coats your throat to ease the cough while the lemon gives you a little bump of vitamin C.

COLD & FLU BREW (for that pesky sore throat)


2 cups water

2 thick slices of lemon

2 slices of ginger root

2 chamomile tea bags

1 squirt of honey

Simmer water, lemon and ginger root for about 10 minutes.

Strain out the lemon and ginger and add 2 chamomile tea bags.

Let the bags steep in the water for 5-10 minutes.

Add a little honey and drink up!

Ginger has anti-viral compounds.  Chamomile is an immune booster and will help you sleep.



¼ lemon cut into chunks

2 slices of ginger

1 garlic clove peeled

1 squirt of honey

Pinch of red pepper flakes

8 ounces boiling water

Add all ingredients to a coffee mug and let it steep for 5 minutes.  Drink up and your sinuses will be clear in no time!