There’s a good reason it’s called the common cold, ‘cause it’s one of the most common illnesses around. And the worst part is that it has no cure. So if you have a cold, the best you can do is take adequate rest, dose up with warm liquids, and wait it out.
There are some doctors who may prescribe antibiotics to make sure you don’t catch other diseases when your immune system is down and others who give you cough syrups and lozenges to help you sleep better. But there’s nothing that beats the benefits of natural health remedies and concoctions to help soothe you and bring relief from runny noses and scratchy throats. The next time you catch a cold, here’s what you can do before running to the drug store:
- Make yourself some ginger tea: Ginger has soothing properties – it raises your body temperature and helps bring down the severity of your cold. It contains various compounds that help fight against the virus that causes the cold.
- Drink some elderberry juice: Or eat a slice of bread slathered with elderberry jam if you can summon up the appetite to eat. Elderberry is one fruit that contains active compounds that help reduce the symptoms of your cold as well as fight the cold and influenza virus.
- Inhale peppermint oil or drink peppermint-flavored tea: Peppermint has properties that come in handy if you’re running a fever – it helps break the fever by making you sweat.
- Use a cinnamon stick to stir your tea: Cinnamon is a spice that provides flavor and adds to the taste of your herbal tea. It also helps reduce inflammation and nasal congestion.
- Gargle frequently: A solution of just salt and warm water can work wonders for an achy throat. Gargle at least thrice a day, before meals so that the salt doesn’t make you throw up.
- Drink warm liquids: Hot drinks help soothe your throat and relieve nasal congestion. They also keep you warm if you’re running a fever.
- Use a menthol salve: A dab of liniment can help you breathe easier and prevent sneezing continuously.
A cold may be common, but it’s nothing to sneeze at (pun unintended). It can drain you of all your energy and put you out of action for a while. So make sure you get plenty of rest, seek the help of natural health remedies, keep a box of tissues handy so that you’re up and about on your feet in no time.