A really stuffy nose, an extremely persistent cough, a very sore throat, itchy eyes, a never ending headache and a never-ending body ache that keeps you bed ridden for the most part of the day. If you seem to suffer from some or all of these symptoms, then there is no doubt that you have common cold, a very common infection that is related to the upper respiratory tract.
Unfortunately, the exact reason (and the exact virus) behind a common cold and a permanent cure for the condition still evades scientists which is why you would probably have to take medications, get injected and just put up with the cold and its pesky symptoms until you feel better (which usually takes about a week or more).
Simple And Effective Home Remedies For Cold
The body would usually need to rely on its natural defenses to fight off a cold. That is why most doctors advise their patients to eat healthy foods and rest appropriately in order to boost their immune system during a flu attack. Thankfully, there are certain home remedies that can effectively bring down the symptoms of a common cold and offer you extended relief from the same until your immune system kicks back into gear. So here are some of the most common home remedies that you can try out to battle it out with the pesky cold.
Drink A Cup Of Tea
Drinking a cup of hot tea at regular intervals throughout the day would help release nasal blockages, and loosen the phlegm blocking the airways. Opt for herbal teas that help get rid of the virus causing the infection in the process. You can also opt for a cup of green tea at least 3 times a day to get rid of the infection and reduce the symptoms of a cold to a great extent.
In addition to this, green tea can boost up your natural defenses and help your body fight off the cold (and the infection causing it) effectively. A cup of peppermint tea can also do wonders for a body suffering from cold. Peppermint contains expectorant properties that help to release the phlegm blocking the airways in addition to soothing the throat and reducing coughs and nasal blockages to a great extent.
Drink Plenty Of Water And Other Fluids
A hydrated body would be able to fight off an infection better. Excess water and fluids in the system would help to loosen up the phlegm blocking the airways and keep it flowing freely. This in turn would make it feasible for the body to eliminate the excess mucus along with the viral particles effectively.
Drink at least 8 ounces of water and fluids every day to effectively get rid of the phlegm and the virus causing the cold. Make it a point to keep on drinking some water or fluids at least once every 2 hours or so for maximum benefits.
Eat Some Garlic
A few cloves of crushed garlic a day can keep colds and its related symptoms at bay! Garlic is known to contain a compound called allicin which is very effective in boosting the body’s immune system. Eating raw garlic every day may not be beneficial for your mouth, but can be very beneficial in getting rid of the infection causing the cold and promoting quick healing.
If you are not too fond of eating raw garlic, add some crushed garlic into a pot of boiling water (one glass). Let the mixture boil nicely for about 15 minutes, strain and drink it. In addition to effectively clearing up blocked nasal passages in an instant, this would fight off the infection quickly.
Common cold usually leads to a sore, irritated throat that tends to get worse with cough. A very good home remedy to soothe a sore throat involves adding some chopped, grated or crushed ginger to hot water, boiling the mixture nicely for about 15 minutes, and then drinking it (after straining it of course).
Drink this concoction at least twice a day to get extended relief from a sore throat and persistent cough.
Consume A Bowl Of Chicken Soup
One of the best foods you can have when you have a cold is a bowl of hot chicken soup. Chicken soup is known to contain substances called cysteines which help loosen the mucus blocking the airways. The fumes from a chicken soup are very effective in clearing nasal blockages almost instantly.
And the easily absorbable nutrients in the soup charge up the body to fight off the infection from within, thereby providing relief from the cold and its symptoms. Opt for a bowl of chicken soup at least once a day for best benefits.
A tablespoon of raw honey at least thrice a day can help relieve sore throats, nasal blockages and body aches resulting from a cold. Honey contains potent antibacterial, antiviral and antimicrobial properties, all of which help fight off the infection causing a cold in addition to boosting the body’s natural defenses.
If you don’t like raw honey, add it to the tea or coffee that you drink. Mixing a tablespoon of honey in lukewarm water and drinking the solution at least twice a day can also help.
Add Lemons To Your Diet
The Vitamin C content of lemons helps to reduce the production of excess phlegm, and helps to boost the immune system in order to fight off the infection from within the body.
Add a teaspoon of lemon juice to lukewarm water and drink the solution to get effective relief from a cold and its symptoms like sore throat and nasal blockage etc.
Inhaling steam at regular intervals throughout the day can effectively help clear nasal blockages in addition to loosening the phlegm blocking the respiratory tract. Heat a pot of water for about 20 minutes until it starts boiling.
Keep the pot right under your face and cover your head (and the pot) with a thick blanket. Let the steam arising from the pot hit your face directly. Inhale the steam through your nose and mouth to clear up the airways. Keep doing this for about 15-20 minutes, taking short gaps in between. Repeat this procedure once in the morning and night for best results.
Gargle With Salt Water
Homemade salt water rinses and nasal drops can effectively help clear nasal blockages and soothe an irritated nose and throat. Mix a teaspoon of salt in a cup of lukewarm water. Now gargle with the solution for about 10 minutes to get relief from throat soreness and irritation.
Alternatively, you can use the solution to clear nasal blockages. Tilt your head to one side. Using a syringe, squirt some salt water solution into the upper nostril and let it flow out of the lower nostril. Now tilt your head to the other side and repeat the procedure. Repeat this for at least 2-3 times until both nostrils are clear.
And finally, take proper rest when you have a cold. The body would be drained after fighting off the virus causing the infection. It would need adequate rest to recharge. So make it a point to take adequate rest when you have a cold. It also pays to take an extra day or two off from work in order to rest properly.
Forgo your usual chores and opt to relax by watching TV, listening to music, reading or book or even napping. This way, your body would be able to relax and rejuvenate properly to continue with the fight.