You may want to resort to Home Remedies for Common Cold to help you boost your Immune System and speed up recovery. Many of the tips below are proven to work. There are no side effects, and some, if taken on daily basis, may just help to prevent an infection with viruses all together.
The Common Cold is caused by viruses, of which the Rhino is most often responsible. Since there are many variations of the Common cold viruses, your body has a tough time building an immune system to combat the infection. Unless you contracted the exact virus strain before, chance are you will experience symptoms once in a while when exposed.
Since there is no medication to treat a virus, you have little choice but to let it run it’s course. There is no use in scheduling a doctor visit, unless you experience severe symptoms or suspect underlying health problems. The one exception is infants under 3 years should be seen by a health professional.
With no medical treatment on hand, what do you do? Since you can’t eliminate a cold, try to manage it. There are many great products on the market that help ease the pain, suppress coughs, dry up runny noses and manage aches. In this segment we discuss home remedies that help to decrease the symptoms and aid in recovery.
Cold Home Remedies that work
- Fluids – drink plenty of fluids so you stay hydrated. The fluid breaks up the mucus, keeps your throat hydrated and lessen irritation from drying out. Great choices are herbal teas, sports drinks like Gatorade to add
Electrolytes, ginger ale or fruit juices.
- Homemade chicken soup – you can drink chicken soup to stay hydrated. Scientist found that chicken soup acts as an anti-inflammatory by restrain the movement of neutrophils — a type of white blood cells that participate in the body’s inflammatory response. Second, it helps to speeds up the movement of mucus, helping to relieve congestion and limiting the amount of time viruses are in contact with the nose lining. By slowing that movement, the neutrophils can stay concentrated in areas of the body that require the most healing.
- Honey – Honey has anti-viral and antibacterial properties. Can be mixed in teas or taken by the spoon to ease a sore throat. Honey is an excellent cough suppressant.
- Warm Lemon Water with Honey – eases congestion
- Salt Water – gargling with 1/4 – 1/2 tsp salt dissolved in 8 oz. of water eases a sore and scratchy throat. Using a neti pot helps clear nasal passages by dissolving mucus.
- Inhalations – Bring some hot water to a steam, place a towel over your head and inhale. Breathe steam in slowly through your nose and be careful not to get burned.
- Cool Mist Humidifier – easy overnight congestion by running a humidifier in your bedroom overnight. Viruses thrive in dry conditions, so keeping your environment a little more humid and you reduce the spread.
- Hot shower – enjoy a hot shower and inhale the steam to ease congestion.
- Green Tea – is known for its immune boosting properties.
- Vitamin C – helps to shorten duration of the cold if you take it before the onset of symptoms. Include 500 mg daily to boost your immune system.
- Echinacea – has shown to reduce the duration if taken in the early stages of a cold. Echinacea root boosts the immune system and reduces inflammations.
- Ginger – a few sliced of ginger root in boiling water may ease a sore and scratchy throat. Ginger is also known to reduce nausea.
- Garlic – take garlic on a daily basis and you may just ward of the cold virus altogether. Garlic has been found to contain the compound allicin, which blocks the enzymes that contribute to the development of a variety of bacterial and viral infections. Incorporate Garlic in your daily diet.
- Probiotics – everything moves through the gut. Healthy gut, healthy person. Include daily by eating yoghurt or take probiotics supplements. Very important when you take antibiotics as they destroy the good bacteria in your digestive system.
- Vapor Rub – opens up air passages and combats congestion – very effective in young children before bedtime to help them sleep.
- Warm Baths – use one Box of Epsom Salt and one box of Baking Soda to reduce body aches. Add some Essential Oils such as tea tree, juniper, rosemary, thyme, orange, lavender, and eucalyptus for a better smell.
- Peppermint – as tea or otherwise is has immune boosting properties. Acts as an expectorant and helps to eliminate mucus.
- Special Spiced Tea – Prepare you tea adding tulsi or holy basil, ginger and black pepper. Tulsi promotes the removal of the catarrhal matter and phlegm from the bronchial tube. The leaves are used to reduce fever. It helps to mobilize mucus and chewing tulsi leaves relieves cold and flu.
- Flaxseed – boil Flaxseed, strain when thickened, add lime juice and honey and consume to fight the common cold.
- Carrot Juice – helps to prevent coughs, and it tastes great.
Try these Home Remedies! You will find that they really work. Our ancestors had very effective ways of treating certain illnesses. They knew how to keep the immune system strong. You will find many myths, which are exactly that, but many home remedies are valid.