Have a cold? Don't worry—you are definitely not alone. There are millions of cases of the common cold in the United States each year and according to the CDC, the common cold is the No. 1 reason children miss a day of school. And while kids are more likely to catch a cold than adults, us grown-ups aren't immune to the occasional seasonal sniffles either.
As we walk down the cold and flu aisle in the pharmacy, we can be easily seduced by the many different over-the-counter (OTC) options—each promising to relieve even our worst symptoms. However, beware of some scary ingredients that can be lurking in traditional OTC meds like corn syrup, food coloring and dyes, and drugs that have recently come under some scrutiny in terms of their safety and efficacy.
Thankfully, there are plenty of safe, natural remedies—in your kitchen!—that can be super effective against the common cold. Plus, many pharmacy and grocery store aisles now have natural OTC options, like Maty's, that you can buy when there's no time to DIY. Check out our favorite sickness-busting ingredients below: