Is that nagging cough not letting you sleep? Do you wake up with a sore throat every morning? Are you tired of cleaning your child’s runny nose? These could be symptoms of that stubborn infection called common cold. You think it’s not so serious and try to avoid medication. Don’t worry, give your grandma’s tried and tested natural remedies a shot. It could alleviate the condition temporarily, at least till you find time to go see a doctor.
Chicken Soup has been helping people affected with common cold from decades and has been proven to be one of the easiest and best remedy for cold. Its antioxidant properties and vitamins increase its nutritional value and speed up the healing process. Researchers have found that a bowl of steamy chicken soup with vegetables can effectively decrease the infection. Avoid excess sodium (Salt) in your soup to keep yourself hydrated.
Sweet honey has antibacterial, anti-microbial and cough suppressant properties and can give relief to sore throat which will help you have a sound sleep as well, thus reducing other cold symptoms. Honey can be taken directly, with lemon juice or with a hot cup of tea.
Garlic strengthens the roots of your immune system, detoxifies you and in addition to its anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties, it is known to have compounds that reduce infection. Adding garlic to your regular diet especially in winter season may reduce the chance of infection in the first place. Consumption of a paste of a garlic clove, lemon juice, honey and pepper or having a cup of water boiled with crushed garlic and honey can be the easiest ways to get benefited.
Ginger has compounds like gingirols and shagoals which makes it a product having expectorant anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. A few slices of raw ginger in boiling water not only soothes your sore throat but decreases the feeling of nausea too.
Salt Water Gurgles
Gurgling with hot salt water cleans up the extra mucus which then can expel out the allergen and disease causing microbes and thus decrease the severity of upper respiratory infections. Dissolve a teaspoon of salt in a glass-full of water, clean your mouth and throat with it and spit it out.
Other than these, hot water baths, keeping yourself hydrated, consumption of a lot of vitamin-c and probiotics, use of vapour rubs etc. can be the suitable measure to be followed when you get cold.
Remember that these remedies will only help pacify the effects of common cold but will not kill the infectious microbes. See a doctor if your cold persists to ensure quick and effective recovery.