“A common cold lasts about a week but if you drink some warm chicken broth and take the over the counter medications it will only last seven days.”
All joking aside, if you search, there are lots of so called cold remedies.
Some are “over the counter” pharmaceutical remedies. Others are vitamins and supplements. Still others are “home remedies”.
Do they work? Maybe… Let’s hear what works for you!
In the mean time, here’s a list to ponder:
Vitamin C is apparently one of the most effective natural cold remedies. Vitamin C increases the production of white blood cells. It can also help prevent the multiplication of viruses while reducing mucus and inflammation in nasal passageways.
Honey has been used as a common cold fighter for years. Honey may be effective in shortening the duration of a cold.
Rose Hip Tea is full of vitamin C and can help prevent the common cold.
Lemons, Oranges, Apple Cider. They are all considered to be cold remedies.
Fresh Ginger Root.
Onion? Historically, the layers of the onion were believed to draw contagious diseases from the patient; onions were often hung in sickrooms. Today, we know that onions have antibacterial qualities.
Garlic. Cut up fresh garlic cloves and add them to chicken soup or other foods, or swallow small chunks of raw garlic like pills.
Horseradish. Like garlic and onion, horseradish generates lots of heat to help offset the common cold.
Prunes are rich in fiber, vitamins A and B, iron, calcium, and phosphorus.
Boiled onion water? Boil a whole onion, and afterward, drink the water. Cold remedy? Not sure i want to try that one!
Drink plenty of fluids to help break up your congestion. Stay hydrated.
Inhale steam to ease your congestion and drippy nose. Hold your head over a pot of boiling water and breathe through your nose.
Blow your nose often. It’s important to blow your nose regularly when you have a cold rather than sniffling mucus back into your head.
Stay warm and rested. Staying warm and resting when you first come down with a cold or the flu helps your body direct its energy toward the immune battle.
Gargle with warm salt water.
Drink hot liquids. Hot liquids relieve nasal congestion and prevents dehydration.
Take a steamy shower. Steamy showers moisturize your nasal passages and relax you.
An extra pillow. Sleep with an extra pillow under your head. This will help relieve congested nasal passages.
Zinc. Some studies show that zinc could help fight off a cold more quickly.
Try a garlic shot: 1-2 cloves of very finely minced garlic in a very small glass of water and drink it quickly in one sip.
Adding a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar, or lemon juice, to a glass of water helps to alkalize the body. Creating an alkaline environment helps kill bacteria and viruses.
Rest! Let your immune system fight it!
Chicken Soup! What’s better than than Chicken Soup as one of the many cold remedies! It acts as an anti-inflammatory by inhibiting the movement of neutrophils — immune system cells that participate in the body’s inflammatory response. It temporarily speeds up the movement of mucus, helping relieve congestion and limiting the amount of time viruses are in contact with the nose lining.
Humidity. Cold viruses thrive in dry conditions — another reason why colds are more common in winter. Dry air also dries the mucous membranes, causing a stuffy nose and scratchy throat. A humidifier can add moisture to your home.
Cinnamon is known to help ease the pain of a dry or sore throat.
What are your home remedies for the common cold?