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Herbal Home Remedies for Colds and Other Common Respiratory Infections

Experts in herbal Ayurveda medicine recommend the following home remedies to relieve cold symptoms:

Table V.18: Turmeric Home Remedies for Colds and Ear Infections


  • 1 clove garlic, chopped.
  • 1 cup milk.
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder.

In a small pot, add the chopped garlic to milk and bring to a boil. Add the turmeric and drink while warm. It will taste like a garlicky, cream-based soup. (v.157)


  • Mix together equal parts of turmeric, goldenseal, and echinacea (dried powdered herbs).
  • Steep ½ teaspoon of herbal mix in hot water for a soothing tea, or take mixed with 1 teaspoon of honey.

Use 3 times a day after meals for one week. (v.157)


  • Mix together equal parts of turmeric, ginger, and Indian celery seed.
  • Steep ½ teaspoon of herbal mix in hot water for a soothing tea.

Be sure to breathe in the steam to help release congestion. (v.157)

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