Winter will soon be here. You can feel the chill in the air and the cold wind. This is also the time for cold and flu. Your nose gets stuffed, throat hurts and you cannot taste your favorite food. Common cold is definitely one of the most irritating conditions. Cold is an upper respiratory tract infection caused virus that affects the throat, sinus and nose. The symptoms include runny nose, fever, sore throat, headache and coughing. The symptoms start two days after the infection and the normal recovery time is around seven to ten days. As the common cold is a viral infection, it is not curable. However, there are several home remedies that will help ease the signs and symptoms of the common cold. Here is a list of some of the best home remedies to fight off the nasty cold.
1. Steam it out
One of the best remedies to open up that stuffy nose is steam. You can use a facial steamer or simply breathing in the steam from a pot of hot water.
Direction: Fill a bowl with boiling water, hold your head above it and breathe through your nose slowly. You can also drape a towel of cloth over your head to keep the steam trapped in. Be careful while doing this. You can also add few drops of essential oil like eucalyptus oil or tea tree oil in the hot water to make it more effective. The essential oil, which is carried via the steam, will help ease the stuffy nose and dislodge congestion.
2. Drink ginger tea
You will find ginger in many home remedy lists. Ginger is a miracle food and cures many ailments from upset stomach to a sore throat to headache. For a sore throat, boil a cup of water and add in a few slices of ginger in it. Drink up this decoction.
Directions: You will need a cup of water and few slices of ginger. Boil the water and add in the ginger slices. Let it steep. Drink this piping hot liquid. You can also add some cinnamon and honey to make it delicious. This will help soothe a sore throat and ward off the nausea sensation. Drink the liquid two to three times a day.
3. Onion and honey
Yes, onion is a great remedy for a sore throat and cough. It has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties and helps dislodge phlegm in the chest. Honey is also good for soothing irritated throat.
Directions: You will need 1 red onion or a few shallots, 1 cup of honey or 1/2 cup of white or brown sugar. You will also need a jar. Chop up the onion/shallots and place it in a jar. Add a layer of
By: Dick Benson
Title: Fighting off the Common Cold and Flu
Sourced From: alternativemedicine.com/fighting-off-the-common-cold-and-flu/
Published Date: Wed, 14 Oct 2020 21:16:22 +0000
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