A ‘common cold’ is only caught from other people; during cold season. If you are one of the millions who will get a cold this year, here are some home remedies to help your symptoms…
Vitamin C is one of the most effective natural remedies in treating a common cold because it increases the production of white blood cells, and can also help prevent the multiplication of viruses while reducing mucus and inflammation in the nasal passageways.
Honey has been used as a common cold fighter for years, and can be effective in shortening the lifespan of a cold.
Rose hip tea is full of vitamin C and can help prevent the common cold.
Lemons, oranges, and apple cider are all considered to be cold remedies.
Fresh ginger root.
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.
Cut up fresh garlic cloves and add them to chicken soup or other foods, or swallow small chunks of raw garlic like pills.
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.
Boil a whole onion, and afterward, drink the water.
Drink plenty of fluids to help break up your congestion. Drink at least 8 to 10 eight-ounce glasses of water daily.
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, but do it the proper way. 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.
Sleep with an extra pillow under your head. This will help relieve congested nasal passages.
Learn about natural remedies like zinc. While early studies showed that zinc could help fight off a cold more quickly, the latest consensus seems to be that zinc has a minimal benefit.
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 alkalinize the body. Creating an alkaline environment helps kill bacteria and viruses.
What’s better than than Chicken Soup as one of the many common cold home remedies! It acts as an anti-inflammatory by inhibiting the movement of neutrophils — immune system cells that participate in the body’s inflammatory response, and, 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?