The common symptoms of a cold are sneezing, running nose, cough, fever and body ache. Since there are millions of viruses that can cause and lead to a common cold, there is no sure shot cure for it. However with some simple and effective home remedies, you can easily alleviate a common cold.
Natural Remedies For A Cold
A common cold is sometimes accompanied by a sore and achy throat. This can cause acute discomfort and pain. Hot saline gargles are a simple and effective solution.
Heat a glass of water and add a pinch of salt to it. Now gargle with this water every 2-3 hours. This will kill the superficial virus lodged in your throat and give you instantaneous relief.
Doing steam inhalation will rid you of a clogged and blocked nose. Heat plenty of water in a big vessel. To this add some eucalyptus oil and inhale the steam from this vessel.
This should open up the airways and give you relief from a blocked nose. Ideally inhalation should be done just before you sleep or take a nap. Cover your head and neck with a soft cloth so that the neck and face region are not exposed to the cold outside.
One way of warding off the infection is to keep drinking plenty of healthy and nutrient rich fluids to keep the body hydrated and strong. Hot soups, tea and broths are ideal.
Even sipping on warm water helps. Fluids keep the throat and the airways moist and this helps to give relief. Chicken soup is full of vitamins and minerals which help to strengthen the body against the infection.
Ginger is an excellent home remedy for colds. Grate some ginger and dissolve it in a cup of boiling water. Brew some tea leaves in this water and consume this tea with milk and honey. This will help to reduce any itching and irritation that you may feel in the throat.
Take Rest And Sleep
A severe cold can be extremely uncomfortable and can tire you out. It is better to take rest and sleep off the cold.
Rest will help your body to recover especially if you are also suffering from a high fever. Take mild antibiotics from the doctor if the infection is very severe.
Drink plenty of hot milk in which you have diluted a pinch of turmeric. This will give you a lot of relief from a scratchy and sore throat.
Honey And lime Water
Wake up in the morning and have a glass of warm water in which you have diluted some honey and lime juice.
This is excellent for keep the nasal airways moist and will help to dislodge the phlegm. The vitamin C present in the lime juice helps to strengthen the body’s immunity against cold and other infections.