10 Desi Remedies for Cold and Flu

When it comes to colds and flu, there is no better treatment than a natural remedy concocted in your kitchen. DESIblitz presents 10 great remedies for cold and flu, all made the Desi way.

10 Desi Remedies for Cold and Flu

These Desi remedies will aim to attack any flu or cold that comes your way.

Blustery winds, arctic temperatures and icy rain. Welcome to flu season and the spread of colds, coughs and fevers amongst everyday people.

Flu and colds are also joined by the threat of the lingering Covid-19 symptoms, which add to these seasonal ailments.

Confined spaces and stuffy interiors are a glorious breeding ground for germs, viruses and all manner of unsavoury bacteria. 

People out and about, studying, working and shopping in public places with these symptoms are likely to pass the flu and colds on to other people.

Even if you’ve avoided a cold and flu so far this season, you can be sure that Mr Flu will creep up on you sooner or later.

But before you stock up on meds, capsules and as many lozenges as the pharmacy stocks, try out some of these tried and tested Desi remedies for cold and flu.

These Desi remedies will aim to attack any flu or cold that comes your way.

Milk and Turmeric

10 Desi Remedies for Cold and Flu

Haldi has been an age-long remedy for illness. This Indian spice is well known for its antiseptic properties.

The earthy spice contains countless nutrients, including antioxidants, and is used as a medicine for Desis.

The ‘healing spice’ when mixed with warm milk is a perfect nightcap for when you are feeling run down.

Ginger Tea

10 Desi Remedies for Cold and Flu

A popular remedy for the common cold, Ginger contains a special compound called ‘ajoene’, which helps to control bacteria and viruses that can arise because of infections.

Ginger tea can help dry a runny nose and expel excess phlegm from your respiratory tract.

To make, slice 4-6 slices of raw ginger and boil in water for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and add honey or lime juice to taste.

Night Jasmine

10 Desi Remedies for Cold and Flu

Night Jasmine or ‘Shiuli’ is an effective combatant of colds and a sore throat.

The leaves of this plant contain ‘mannitol’, ‘oleanolic acid’ and ‘tannic acid’, which have powerful antiviral properties.

They can help in fighting back viruses and bacteria. To consume, crush 5-8 leaves together to extract the juice. Mix this with a teaspoon of honey, and take it daily.

Lemon, Cinnamon and Honey

10 Desi Remedies for Cold and Flu

Raw honey is high in bacteria-killing enzymes and other nutrients which give it amazing medicinal properties.

Mixing with fresh lemon can help to soothe sore throats.

Lemon contains antioxidants and vitamin C, both of which will boost your immune system and speed up the healing process.

While also being highly flavourful, cinnamon has many antibacterial properties that are perfect for colds and coughs.

Try mixing this trio together for a triple-action cure for colds and coughs.

Honey and Hot Brandy

10 Desi Remedies for Cold and Flu

For a quick fix for a particularly rough cold and flu, brandy helps to keep your chest warm.

All you need to do is mix a teaspoon and intake to help towards your recovery.

But be warned as taking alcohol can lead to dehydration. Therefore, drink lots of fluids as well.

Amla Juice

10 Desi Remedies for Cold and Flu

Amla or the Indian Gooseberry contains a rich source of vitamin C.

Foods that are rich in vitamin C can help to protect your lungs from congestion and prevent the onset of a cold.

Taking just one tablespoon of amla juice in the morning will help you build up your immune system, giving you less chance of getting sick.

Tulsi Spiced Tea

10 Desi Remedies for Cold and Flu

Tulsi or Holy Basil is another gift from mother nature that is brilliant and has been used for centuries as part of Ayurveda healing.

The leaves of a tulsi plant contain powerful anti-inflammatory properties and are great for building up your immune system.

This queen of herbs can be mixed with ginger and black pepper for a strong and punchy tea that will fight off any cold or flu.


10 Desi Remedies for Cold and Flu

Raw jaggery is known for being a classic remedy that can cure a dry cough and cold.

Boil water with black pepper and add cumin and jaggery. Drink the tea to soothe coughs and colds.

To mix it up, you can even try jaggery laddoos made with sesame seeds.


10 Desi Remedies for Cold and Flu

Perhaps one of the best natural cures for the common cold, garlic has many healing properties.

It is antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral and antiprotozoal. It helps to clear stubborn mucus that blocks the lungs.

But while garlic is a master remedy, its consumption can be a bit of a rough ride. The best way to use garlic to treat your cold is to crush 5 or 6 cloves and consume them raw.

If that’s too much to handle in your delicate state, try mixing it with yoghurt to balance out the strong taste.

Hot Cayenne Pepper

10 Desi Remedies for Cold and Flu

Spicy food is actually quite good for you. As well as packing a spicy punch, cayenne pepper clears nasal congestion, respiratory passages and your sinuses.

It induces sweating which can lower fevers that are caused by the flu. Cayenne is also a source of ‘capsaicin’ which is the compound that makes peppers so spicy.

To treat colds, use in your daily tea with a tablespoon of honey and half a teaspoon of dry cayenne pepper powder.

When it comes to colds and flu, the best medications can be found in your kitchen cupboard. These natural Desi remedies have been used for centuries and passed on through generations.

They are a fool-proof cure for those pesky colds and can be used at any time when the flu and cold season beckons.

Nazhat is an ambitious 'Desi' woman with interests in news and lifestyle. As a writer with a determined journalistic flair, she firmly believes in the motto "an investment in knowledge pays the best interest," by Benjamin Franklin.

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