Natural Home Remedies for Common Cold to ease your pain

Winters may be loved by many, but common cold is the worst thing about it. And when it strikes in any other season besides winter? You lose all faith in the universe and curse everything in your sight. But, you don’t have to anymore. Even though the common cold, being a viral infection, doesn’t have a cure or treatment, the symptoms associated with it can be relieved, such as the sneezing, coughing, runny nose, sore threat, fatigue and congestion. If you’re wondering how, wonder no more, simply follow the home remedies for common cold listed below to ease your pain while your immune system tries to fight the good fight.

Home Remedies for Common Cold

1. Fluids
The first thing you need to do in cold is drink plenty of fluids, which not only keep your throat moist and safe from getting sore, but also help in breaking up the general congestion. You have plenty of options when it comes to liquids; for example, water, herbal teas, ginger ale, sports drinks, fruit juices, and even chicken soup.

2. Steam
The easiest way to ease the congestion in your nose is to get some steam.

  • Boil some water in a large bowl and put your head over it.
  • Cover your head and bowl with a towel to keep the steam in.
  • Then, simply breathe through your nose.
  • The same effect can be gotten from running a hot shower or using a humidifier.

3. Essential Oils
Steam itself is great, but adding some essential oils to it can help your stuffy nose even more. You can use any essential oil you like, for example peppermint, eucalyptus or tea tree oil. A further benefit of tea tree oil is that it has antiviral and antibacterial properties which can aid your immune system in battling the cold.

  • Add five to ten drops of the essential oil you want in a large bowl.
  • Fill the bowl with boiling water and put your head over it.
  • Cover your head and bowl with a towel to keep the steam in.
  • Breathe in the steam and repeat this two to three times a day.

4. Salt Water Rinse
Another quick and easy way to ease the congestion in your nose is to use a saltwater rinse.

  • Make a mixture of salt and baking soda by adding three teaspoons of salt (iodide free) and one teaspoon of baking soda.
  • Take one cup lukewarm water (boiled or distilled) and add one teaspoon of this mixture to it.
  • Fill this solution in a bulb syringe, lean over a basin, and gently squirt the solution into one of your nostrils, while keeping the other nostril closed with your finger.
  • Let the solution drain and then repeat with the other nostril.

5. Garlic
Garlic has antiviral and antifungal properties which aid your immune system in fighting the common cold. You can either eat fresh garlic, until the stuffiness in your nose is gone, or make garlic tea:

  • Add two to three garlic cloves to one cup of water and boil.
  • Add two to three garlic cloves to one cup of water and boil.
  • You can add half a teaspoon of turmeric powder to the water, however this step is optional.
  • Drink this daily until your congestion is relieved.

6. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar can help thin the mucus in your nose which can relieve your nasal congestion, allowing you to breathe easy.

  • Take one cup of warm water and add two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar, along with one tablespoon of honey.
  • Drink this twice or thrice a day.
  • Repeat for a few days or until needed.

7. Salt Water Gargle
Sore or scratchy throat is another awful symptom of the common cold, and often takes forever to get better, but you can help soothe it by gargling with salt water.

  • Take one cup of warm water and add half a teaspoon salt. Gargle with this water four times a day.

8. Honey
Honey has been shown to be extremely beneficial for your overall health, and is especially useful for relieving the pain caused by a sore throat. The reason is its stickiness and high viscosity, which help in soothing the mucous membranes of your throat. Furthermore, it has antibacterial characteristics which prevent bacteria from taking up residence in your already irritated throat.

  • Simply take one tablespoon of honey, one to three times daily, until your cold is gone and your throat is well again.
  • For children above the age of two, reduce the amount of honey to somewhere between one teaspoon to one tablespoon.
  • Do not use this remedy for children below the age of two as it can cause botulism in them.

9. Pepper and Honey
Honey alone is really helpful in soothing your throat, but the effectiveness can be further increased by adding black pepper to it.

  • Take one cup boiling water.
  • Add one tablespoon of honey and one teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper.
  • Stir and drink.
  • Repeat this once or twice in a day.

10. Radish
Radish is a spicy vegetable with loads of vitamins, minerals and antiseptic properties. Simply eat two to three radishes twice a day to get rid of congestion. If you can handle the spice, then you may opt for the more effective horseradish.

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