10 natural ways to deal with a summer cold 

It would be great to leave colds and flu’s behind us during the summer. But alas, a summer cold is a common problem – and a very annoying problem, too! Plus, there’s something especially rotten about feeling under the weather when the weather’s actually nice. So, if you have a nasty summer cold, try these 10 natural remedies.

Stay hydrated 

When you have a summer cold, your body needs lots of hydration. Avoid sugary, processed beverages. Instead, enjoy herbal teas, water with lemon, and even homemade bone broth.

Double up on Vitamin C

Vitamin C can boost immunity and support your body with powerful antioxidant properties – just what you need when you have a summer cold. Avoid processed fruit juices, and just go straight to whole foods, like oranges, kiwi, strawberries and grapefruit. 


Turmeric has been used to fight illness for thousands of years, and whether you enjoy turmeric tea, Golden Milk or a tonic blend, there are lots of ways to sneak it into your diet.

Neti Pot 

The gentle saline solution in neti pots can provide relief from congestion and sinus pressure. 

Apple Cider Vinegar

Mix one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar with a glass of room temperature water. Drinking this helps to keep your body in an alkaline state to better fight off bacteria and virus. 

Ginger and raw honey tea

Together, ginger and raw honey have anti-inflammatory, antiviral and antibacterial properties. When combined in a soothing tea, they can help to fight off summer colds.


Echinacea may be able to reduce cold symptoms and halt it in its tracks. For best results, start taking echinacea as soon as you feel sick and continue taking it for up to 10 days. 

Thieves Essential Oil 

Known to fight off bacteria and virus, Thieves Essential Oil is an aromatic mix of clove, cinnamon, eucalyptus, lemon and rosemary. 

Elderberry syrup

Thought to be one of the best antiviral herbs ever, elderberry syrup can naturally boost immunity and offer relief for both cold and flu symptoms. 

Homemade bone broth soups 

According to Dr. Joseph Mercola, M.D., bone broth is “one of your most healing diet staples.” And one of the reasons why is because it can inhibit infections from cold and flu viruses.