Natural treatments for common cold

Being sick, even when you are home in bed isn't fun. The combination of body aches, fever, chills, and nasal congestion can be enough to make anyone miserable. It is easy to treat common cold with natural ingredients, without having to take pills or syrups. The body is capable of fighting it's own battles and all it needs is a little bit of help from nature's finest substances.

Symptoms

Before we deep dive into the real deal, let's get a quick understanding of what the common cold is. While symptoms can vary from person to person, they generally include,

  • Runny nose
  • Sneezing
  • Sore throat
  • Cough
  • Slight fever
  • General weakness
  • Congestion

The discharge from your nose may become thicker and yellow or green in color as a common cold runs its course. This isn't an indication of a bacterial infection.

Causes

Rhinovirus (rhin means "nose") infections cause the common cold. Rhinoviruses may also cause some sore throats, ear infections, and infections of the sinuses (openings in the bone near the nose and eyes). They may also cause pneumonia and bronchiolitis, but this is less common. Dr. Shravani Vundavalli, a pediatrician practicing at University of Wisconsin Madison has given some informative advice about what to do if your child is suffering from common cold.

The Rhinovirus enters your body through your mouth, eyes or nose.

  • The virus can spread through droplets in the air when someone who is sick coughs, sneezes or talks.
  • It also spreads by hand-to-hand contact with someone who has a cold or by sharing contaminated objects, such as utensils, towels, toys or telephones.
  • If you touch your eyes, nose or mouth after such contact or exposure, you're likely to catch a cold.
  • Both children and adults are more susceptible to colds in fall and winter, but you can get a cold anytime.
  • Having a chronic illness or otherwise weakened immune system increases your risk.

Natural ingredients can cure common cold, without having any side effects. Now on to the real crux of the article.

Ginger

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The health benefits of Ginger have been passed on from generation to generation in every Indian household. From morning sickness to preventing cancer, Ginger is a silver bullet for most diseases.

Ginger contains Gingerol, which helps cure indigestion, nausea and symptoms of common cold & flu. Research suggests that it can also ward off the feelings of nausea that so often accompany influenza.

Ginger can be used fresh, dried, powdered, or as an oil or juice, and is sometimes added to processed foods. It is a very common ingredient in recipes. The best way to have Ginger, to treat common cold is to add few slices of raw ginger root in boiling water and drink it while hot.

Epicly Organic hosts a more enjoyable and fulfilling ginger drink Forage+Bloom's KLG, a zesty, spicy & warming herbal tea which helps fight common cold. Crafted by certified herbalists & nutritionalists, this tea contains a power punch of Ginger, lemongrass & Kawakawa to give you an overall feeling of wellness.

Honey

Honey Honey

Honey has a variety of antibacterial and antimicrobial properties. Research suggests that honey is an effective cough suppressant. In one study, researchers found that giving children 10 grams of honey at bedtime reduced the severity of their cough symptoms. The children reportedly slept more soundly, which also helps reduce cold symptoms.

High-quality honey contains many important antioxidants. These include organic acids and phenolic compounds like flavonoids. Antioxidants have been linked to reduced risk of heart attacks, strokes and some types of cancer. They may also promote eye health

Drinking honey in tea with lemon can ease sore throat pain. A teaspoon of brandy mixed with few drops of honey helps the body fight cough and common cold. Drinking tea or warm lemon water mixed with honey is a time-honored way to soothe a sore throat.

Turmeric

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Turmeric is found in every Indian kitchen and is a common ingredient in most healthy dishes like dal, khichdi and pickles. It has been used in India for thousands of years as a spice and medicinal herb. Curcumin is the main active ingredient in turmeric. It has powerful anti-inflammatory effects and is a very strong antioxidant.

Several studies have shown that Turmeric can help prevent, and even treat, cancer. Along with it's well documented effect of combating Alzheimer's disease, turmeric has several other health benefits like fighting depression, lowering risk of heart disease, delay aging and fight age-related chronic diseases.

Turmeric mixed in warm milk is a popular and effective way to fight against cold and cough. Drinking a glass of warm turmeric milk before sleeping helps in faster recovery from cold and cough. Puraty's Turmeric Tea, contains the right dose of Turmeric to help you fight against the annoying Rhinovirus.

Tulsi

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Tulsi, is considered the queen of herbs. As an auspicious plant, it is present in most Indian houses. From curing skin diseases & insect bites to potently fight diabetes & blood sugar imbalances, the medicinal properties of Tulsi are broad and effective.

A powerful adaptogenic herb, Tulsi is high in antioxidants which give it its immunomodulating properties to help us fight a range of diseases.

While it is an excellent herb against common cold, Tulsi can also help fight against,

  • High blood pressure and high cholesterol.
  • Headaches, earaches, and eye disorders.
  • Cramping, gastric disorders, indigestion, intestinal parasites, mouth diseases, ulcers, and vomiting.
  • Joint pain and rheumatoid arthritisgh
  • Kidney stones
  • Malaria
  • Cancer

Adding tulsi, ginger and black pepper to prepare a spiced tea is the best way to allow Tulsi to help in your fight against common cold. Herbal Nectar's Organic Tulsi tea contains all these and other potent ingredients to give you a range of health benefits.

Salt

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Gargling with salt water may help prevent upper respiratory infections. It may also decrease the severity of cold symptoms. For example, it may ease sore throat pain and nasal congestion.

Gargling with salt water reduces and loosens mucus, which contains bacteria and allergens. To try this remedy at home, dissolve 1 teaspoon of salt in a full glass of water. Swish it around your mouth and throat. Then spit it out. Adding turmeric in this salt-water is also beneficial.

Other remedies

Other effective home remedies include

  • You might not like the smell, but some old-fashioned topical ointments, such as vapor rub, appear to reduce cold symptoms in children older than 2 years.
  • Warm baths can also reduce cold and flu symptoms in adults. Adding Epsom salt and baking soda to the water can reduce body aches.
  • Probiotics are “friendly” bacteria and yeast that are found in your body, some foods, and supplements. For a delicious and nutritious source of helpful bacteria, include probiotic yogurt in your diet.
  • Vitamin C plays an important role in your body and has many health benefits. Along with limes, oranges, grapefruits, leafy greens, and other fruits and vegetables, lemons are a good source of vitamin C.
  • Garlic contains the compound allicin, which may have antimicrobial properties. Adding a garlic supplement to your diet might reduce the severity of cold symptoms.
  • Chicken soup may not be a cure-all, but it’s a great choice when you’re sick. Research suggests that enjoying a bowl of chicken soup with vegetables, prepared from scratch or warmed from a can, can slow the movement of neutrophils in your body. Here's a recipe for chicken soup.

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