Natural remedies for Common Cold
Unbelievably, those bothersome symptoms you’re going through are a natural component of the healing process and a sign that the immune system is fighting an infection. For instance, a fever is your body’s attempt to eliminate infections by making the atmosphere hotter than usual. Additionally, the heat of a fever speeds up the circulation of your blood’s antimicrobial proteins. Therefore, you might actually recover faster if you put up with a mild fever for a day or two. Another beneficial symptom is coughing, which helps to empty your breathing passages of the thick mucus that can harbour germs and spread them to your lungs and other body parts. Even a stuffy nose is best ignored or treated gently.
Treat That Stuffy Nose With Warm Salt Water
Salt-water rinsing helps break nasal congestion, while also removing virus particles and bacteria from your nose. Here’s a popular recipe:
Mix 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon baking soda in 8 ounces of distilled, sterile or previously boiled water. Use a bulb syringe or nasal irrigation kit to squirt water into the nose. Hold one nostril closed by applying light finger pressure while squirting the salt mixture into the other nostril. Let it drain. Repeat two to three times, then treat the other nostril.
Honey has antimicrobial properties, which may allow it to fight some bacteria and viruses.
One study found that honey was effective in relieving coughing as a symptom of a cold in children over the age of 1 year. Children younger than 1 year should not have honey due to the risk of infant botulism.
People can try stirring some honey into hot water to soothe a sore throat or cough. Adding lemon provides extra flavour and vitamin C.
Gargling can moisten a sore throat and bring temporary relief. Gargle with half a teaspoon of salt dissolved in 8 ounces warm water, four times daily.
To reduce the tickle in your throat, try an astringent gargle — such as tea that contains tannin — to tighten the membranes. Or use a thick, viscous gargle made with honey or honey and apple cider vinegar. Seep one tablespoon of raspberry leaves or lemon juice in two cups of hot water; mix with one teaspoon of honey. Let the mixture cool to room temperature before gargling.
Ginger tea not only tastes good but also helps in treating common colds and coughs. The tea helps in drying running and dripping nose, thus expelling phlegm from the respiratory tract. Among various health benefits of ginger, it is known to soothe common cold and speeds up the recovery process.
Milk and turmeric
An essential ingredient found in almost all Indian kitchens, turmeric has a strong antioxidant which helps in treating many health problems. Turmeric mixed in warm milk is a popular and effective way to fight against cold and cough. Drinking a glass of warm turmeric milk before sleeping helps in faster recovery from cold and cough.
Take a Steamy Shower
Steamy showers moisturise your nasal passages and may help you relax. If you’re dizzy from the flu, run a steamy shower while you sit on a chair nearby and take a sponge bath.
Boil water with black pepper, cumin and jaggery to it. Consume this solution when warm and it will give you relief from chest congestion.
There are some pieces of evidence that suggest that taking Vitamin C before the onset of cold symptoms may shorten the duration of symptoms. It may help to boost your immune health and can provide some relief from upper respiratory tract infections. Taking Vitamin C rich food like lemon, oranges and grapefruits are quite effective.
Menthol can also help to reduce the symptoms of the cold. It contains antibacterial and pain-relieving effects. You can also method in steam and inhale it.