There are so many things to look forward to as the weather gets colder, such as cozy sweaters, hot cocoa, and roaring fires. But there’s also one big thing we’re all dreading: cold season. Luckily, your kitchen is the only medicine cabinet you need when it comes to helping prevent and cure a common cold. Below are 8 pantry staples that will help you stay healthy this cold season.

1. Chicken Soup

Okay, you knew this one was coming. Chicken soup is an age-old cold remedy backed by science.

The hot chicken broth helps to hydrate your body and open your nasal passages. Plus, it contains zinc which helps strengthen your immune system and may reduce the length of colds.

2. Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) contains a unique blend of vitamins, minerals, and enzymes that promote overall health. Plus, it has antimicrobial and antiseptic properties to help kill germs.

The tastiest way to enjoy ACV is to make a tea using 2 tablespoons of ACV, 1-2 tablespoons of honey, and a cup of hot water. Slowly sip on it 3-4 times a day until your symptoms improve.

3. Ginger

This zesty herb helps bring down inflammation, clear congestion, and support the immune system.

A simple ginger tea made with 2 teaspoons of freshly grated ginger root and a cup of hot water soothes a sore throat while delivering the other health benefits.

4. Honey

Raw honey is just as healthy as it is delicious. It contains antimicrobial properties and antioxidants that help your immune systems fight off viruses.

Use it to sweeten your tea or tea a spoonful by itself to help soothe a sore throat.

5. Hot Peppers

Capsaicin, the compound in peppers responsible for their spicy kick, is a powerful decongestant that helps to relieve a stuffy nose.

Add some peppers to your soup or chili for a delicious and healthy kick.

6. Oatmeal

This breakfast staple contains beta glucan, selenium, and zinc, which work wonders for supporting your immune system.

Starting your day with a steamy bowl of oats will set you on the right path to leaving your cold in the dust.

7. Sage

This aromatic herb is a powerful antiviral agent that can be helpful in treating sore throats, stuffy noses, and persistent coughs.

It’s especially delicious in chicken soups, so why not double up on health benefits?

9. Garlic

I bet you didn’t know this omnipresent ingredient is a powerful antibiotic.

The key is to eat it in its raw form, so try adding it to a salad dressing or mixing up a batch of savory bruschetta.

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