Colds is the most common disease experienced by each of us at different ages. That is why it is essential that you know some natural cold remedies.
Do not let that unpleasant cold get into your system. Take control of your body. Be in the know of the simple steps you can take to treat colds and flu.
Some cold remedies are easy, and are hassle free!
Basic Home Cold Remedies
Increase Fluids Intake
Water is essentially the best cold remedy ever. Isn’t it amazing that the most potent treatment to beat colds and flu is just available in your home? You can easily grab a glass at your own convenience and at no cost!
The recommended daily intake of water is 6-8 cups. It aids with the congestion you feel in the nose, and moistens the throat. It will also keep you hydrated for hours.
As you will learn on this website, water is essential for our body and it is also the first remedy to treat several conditions. It is an excellent home remedy for UTI and kidney stones.
Blow Away That Fluid!
In order to breathe efficiently, it is always a good idea to blow your nose once in a while. Never blow your nose too hard or you’ll end up sending germs up your ear passageways.
Which often leads to pain in the ears, and you don’t want that.
What is the Right Way to Blow Your Nose?
That’s easy. Put a finger over one nostril and press. Then blow gently to clear the other nostril with mucus secretions.
Ready Your Nose with Some Steam
The steam helps loosen up a stuffy nose. This is an easy thing to do at home.
What you need:
- Boiling water
- Clean towel
- A bucket that can cover your whole face
- A teaspoon of Vicks Vaporub
Here are the steps:
- First, you get your kettle that has boiling water in it
- Then pour the boiling water into the bucket
- Put one teaspoon of Vicks Vaporub (or equivalent) in the bucket and let it melt
- Place your head (and hold that position) over the bucket of the boiled water to catch the steam
- Last, cover your head with a towel to trap a good amount of steam
Never burn your face and nose while doing this. This will relieve the symptoms of cold in no time.
Taking a hot shower is also a good alternative. The moisture can quickly ease your breathing.
A home humidifier in the bedroom is also a good idea.
Hot Soups and Beverages
To soothe the inflamed nose and throat, try drinking hot liquids. Ginger tea or Green tea can reduce swelling and relaxes the mind.
Many people (including me), love to add honey to their hot tea. The power of honey is sometimes unbelievable.
A hot soup is also a good idea. You can reduce the symptoms of cold and you also have a happy tummy!
Ask any grandma and they will teach you all the great benefits of the miraculous old-school chicken noodle soup (forget Mr. Noodle!).
Unusual Cold Home Remedies
Certainly, there are also unfamiliar steps to beat the cold, and here is where you might be learning something new.
A lot of people do not know these remedies for cold.
But they are also very effective to ease the symptoms.
Salt and Water Rinse
This remedy can help relieve the congestion.
What you should do:
- Mix a teaspoon of baking soda with 3 teaspoonful of salt that is iodine free
- Move the mixture into a sealed container (airtight)
- Put a teaspoon of the mixture in lukewarm water (8 ounces) that is distilled or boiled
- Place the solution in a bulb syringe
- Lean over and squirt the solution into your nostril. Remember to leave the other nostril open, as well as your mouth while doing this (to allow the solution to get out from somewhere). Drain your nose, and do it on the other nostril.
Always make sure though that the water you use is either sterile, boiled, or distilled to limit infections.
Of course you can avoid making the mixture yourself and buy one already made, with everything else you need. It’s called NeilMed Sinus Rinse.
Break a Sweat
Exercise can benefit someone who has a cold. According to some doctors, the effect of exercise is said to be anti-inflammatory. It can help reduce the risk of inflammation.
Unlike what most people believe, it doesn’t make you more sick, but it can actually help fight the cold.
Chocolates contain theobromine. Theobromine suppresses cough reflex activity in the nerve. It is three times more effective than codeine in preventing colds.
Eat Your Raw Onion
Onions have a natural anti-microbial property. So, they can fight symptoms of cold. Onions also contain sulphur. Sulphur can help in detoxification and in increasing the immune system of the body.
These are just some of the natural cold remedies anyone can do at home.
How about you? What are you favorite cold remedies? Do they work?
Surely, there are dozens of things you can do at home for reducing cold. You can in fact surf the internet for “endless” tips for common cold treatments.