Vegan Cold Remedies

Last week I came down with a gnarly cold. I mean it was definitely a combo effect of depression and cold. And not bad enough for me to drag myself to the doctors. I did end up taking a sick day, where I moved around the house napping in different positions. But even after a full day of naps I wasn't feeling any better and as exhausted as ever.

When the dreaded sniffles didn't go away I dove into research surrounding vegan cold remedies. Partly because I wanted to go down the DIY / homemade route rather than reaching for the closest pack of cough lollies. But also because the price of Lemsip at the gas station was extortionate. I know. It is a gas station. What did I expect? I can tell you i didn't expect to fork out $15 for something that would help me get through my working day. So when I got back to my office I started my google search. Found a recipe and text it to Luke so he could pick me up some ingredients. He said it sounded like a Harry Potter Potion. And I couldn't deny that it sounded a bit bizarre. I felt more like a witch when I was standing over the oven brewing a anti-cough potion. But they worked! And a week on I'm still tired (#depression) and have the occasional sniff. But for the most part I'm feeling better. Maybe it is a time thing. Or maybe these vegan cold remedies worked. Regardless, today I thought I would share some with you!


So this one is all on Luke. He always starts taking these tablets as soon as he starts to feel the niggling signs of sickness. So I followed suit. In a basic sense it boosts your immune system. Which is what you want when you're sick. And it also helps you maintain resistance against infection. Garlic, vitamin C and Zinc is just a great cold beating combo effect. Be careful of some of the plastic-like capsules that supplements come in. As not all are vegan friendly! 



When I read about the benefits of turmeric I started adding it to everything. And then I tipped way too much into my smoothie and had to throw it out. But that is another story. This was the first thing I tried because it was one I could make with what little I had on had. And I made it every night for the next few days. Because it was so COMFORTING. And yum. Turmeric has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antiviral properties. Basically it can improve your immunity and its bomb. It is also an adaptogen. An adaptogen is a herb or mushroom that basically helps to protect your body from stress. Making it good for an anxious gal like me. The fat in the milk helps you to absorb the turmeric. Which is why you should drink it with milk rather than water. I've read recipes that also include black pepper because that helps you absorb it too! I used dried spices and it worked a treat! But if you have fresh knock yourself out! This is where I originally found the recipe

1 c plant milk

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp turmeric

pinch of black pepper

Poor into a pot and bring to a boil. Drink


Sometimes I add apple cider vinegar (ACV) to my morning water. And to be honest I don't really know why. That sounds so silly. But I just did it because I thought it was good for you??? When I started getting sick it was another drink I reached for. Turns out it is helpful on some levels. It helps to alkalinize the body and creating an alkaline environment helps kill bacteria and viruses. 


Literally the strangest thing but had to include it because it was the weird harry potter recipe. And it doesn't taste good. i'll be real. maybe it is because I didn't exactly follow the recipe, maybe it is because it contains onion. Or maybe its because it is WEIRD. 

6 cloves garlic

1/4 onion

sprig of rosemary

tsp cinnamon

2 tb molasses

boil, strain and then add the molasses and cinnnamon

I used black strap molasses because it is what I had. Which contains a whole heap of amazing minerals (iron, magnesium, calcium and manganese). I'm literally not sold on this one, but the harry potter recipe had to make it right? And next time I get a cold I'll try it again and see if it really works. Here is the original recipe for that one.




I knew that lemon and ginger would do me good. One time back in uni I ordered a hot toddy at a cafe not really knowing what it was and it cleared my sinuses when i wasn't even sick. So when this cold settled in, I started drinking hot Lemon and Ginger tea when ever I could. All you do is mix together some lemon juice and ginger with hot water and you have a tea that helps clear those sinsuses. I also tried a cold version - pictured (because its still pipping hot in NZ) where I blended the juice of 1 lemon, 2 c water, and a knob of ginger together. Aside from being a lil stringy (shoutout to the ginger). It worked good.

Lemon's are high in vitamin C, which again helps the immune system. It is totally what you want! Both lemon and ginger are anti-inflammatories (helping to soothe the throat) and have antiseptic properties. So it is like a double whammy in terms of benefits. And it is so simply to make. 

fresh ginger, lemon and hot or cold water!

When I get sick I really just try to slow down, tune into what my body needs and try and nourish it as best as I can. Which sometimes can be hard but that is where kindness and self-care play a huge part in getting better. If you need to take a day off of work, or even just life, do it. Listen to what your body needs. if you have any cold remedies let me know!! Super interested in finding more natural remedies. 

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