Our Frugalista isn't a doctor but she's tried some frugal (and homemade!) cold remedies that work like a charm. They don't cost a lot to make, so what do you have to lose? Give them a try next time you feel the sniffles set in, and you may just feel completely better afterwards.
Haldi Ka Doodh
Translation: Turmeric Milk
A lot of Indian mothers turn to this remedy because they believe in the healing powers of turmeric, and the soothing powers of warm milk. This is a great drink to sip when you feel a sore throat coming on, or when your body is sore with aches and pains.
2 cups milk
1 tsp turmeric
2 whole black peppercorns
3 cardamom pods, cracked
1 tsp sugar or honey
½ inch ginger chopped (optional)
Bring all ingredients to a gentle boil. Strain spiced milk into a cup and drink warm.
Shower puck infused with healing scents
Vapors and aroma are known to break down mucus molecules and help with congestion and stuffiness. This particular remedy has received a lot of love on Pinterest. You place a puck into the shower and as you bathe the water slowly dissolves the puck, the scents combine with the steam and let off the healing vapors of eucalyptus, peppermint and lavendar.
1 cup baking soda
⅓ cup water (enough to make paste)
Essential oils (eucalyptus, lavender, peppermint)
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line a mini-muffin tin with foil liners. Mix the baking soda and water together to form a thick paste. Pour by tablespoon into cupcake tin. Bake at 325 degrees for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool. Top with one drop each of eucalyptus essential oil, lavendar essential oil, and peppermint essential oil.
Garlic Oil Ointment Treatment
This ancient recipe keeps the vampires away and also absorbs into your bloodstream to scare off viruses and bacteria. Be sure to keep a special pair of socks dedicated to this treatment or else you'll risk everything smelling of garlic!
3 cloves of finely chopped garlic
3 T coconut oil
3 T olive oil
Blitz all ingredients in a food processor until smooth. Store in air-tight container and use as needed for up to two weeks. Apply this salve to the soles of your feet when you start to feel a cold coming on. Put thick socks on your feet and go to sleep. By the morning you'll be feeling better! Just be sure to shower and scrub the smell of garlic off those feet!