Drink Lots of Fluids, Use an Air Humidifier, Try a Neti Pot, Eat Chicken Soup, Take a hot shower, A common home remedy is to gargle with warm saltwater or honey and lemon juice. This old-school remedy can ease a sore throat, which is often one of the first symptoms of a cold. People can choose from a variety of saltwater gargle recipes, including gargling with 1 teaspoon of salt mixed in a cup of warm water. Ginger tea can also help. How to make the syrup: In half spoon of honey, add a few drop of lemon and a pinch of cinnamon, too. Milk and turmeric also helps.