If you’re looking for natural remedies for your cold symptoms, there are plenty of other options that are actually backed up by research, Dr. Mysore points out. She recommends rubbing eucalyptus balm on your chest to help clear congestion; or using a diffuser with a few drop of eucalyptus or lavender essential oil. Ginger, chamomile, or turmeric tea may help soothe your sore throat. You might also try eating a small piece of raw garlic daily when you have a cold. “It’s not great for your breath, but it can help with symptoms by opening up the passageways, and helping to clear mucus,” she says.