Go Away Sickness

Hey everyone, I have been sick for the last past couple days and it hasn’t been fun but some of these home remedies helped me through it and im finally feeling a little better.  Do you have any special remedies to share?

Remedies for Common Cold

(Source: http://www.home-remedies-for-you.com/remedy/Common-Cold.html)

A common cold has to run its course before the individual feels any better. Most over the counter medications for the common cold simply provide temporary relief from the discomfort caused by the symptoms of the infection. As the infection is viral, there is little that medications can do to actually cure the condition. For this reason home remedies for common cold are extremely popular. Natural remedies for a common cold can help to facilitate recovery and provide relief from most symptoms. Because of the recurring nature of coughs and colds most people prefer to rely on home remedies for coughs and colds. Some such remedies include: 
  Lemon and honey mixed in warm water can be consumed twice a day. The high concentration of vitamin C improves the resistance of the body, lowers the toxic nature of the infection, and reduces the total duration of the cold.

I think a great way to start a remedy is to have a big bowl of Soup.

Cloves of garlic, boiled in water and consumed as a soup, provide relief from the symptoms of a cold. The antiseptic and antispasmodic nature of garlic mitigates the discomfort. The oil contained in the garlic is also beneficial in opening up the airways, thus facilitating better respiration.

Ginger is also used as one of the home remedies for a cough and cold. Ginger tea, mixed with honey and drunk hot, provides soothing relief to the throat and clears the feeling of heavy head.

Natural cold remedies also include the use of turmeric. The anti-inflammatory properties of this root can help ease the symptoms of a cold and rejuvenate the infected person. It is best to consume a hot glass of turmeric and ginger mixed in milk, before retiring for the night.
A runny nose is a common symptom associated with a cold. To address a running nose a home remedy banks on the benefits of inhaling the vapors of turmeric, apple cider vinegar, or eucalyptus oil that can be added to steaming water. This helps loosen the secretions, thus enhancing the discharge through your nose.

Steam inhalation is an effective home remedy for coughing and headaches that mitigates the intensity of the pain. The headaches associated with a cold are typically because of congestion. The vapors inhaled cause a discharge of the mucus, helping clear congestion.

Saline gargles are helpful to soothe an itchy and sore throat. The use of humidifiers may also be helpful, particularly if you spend most of your time indoors.

 The symptoms of common cold generally require medical attention only when they persist beyond a couple of weeks. The chances for secondary infection need to be ruled out and the physician may suggest further follow-up measures


6 Comments Add yours

  1. choconutmeg says:

    Rasam, which is a South Indian dish that’s something like a soup is great for when you have a cold. There are all kinds of Rasams, but there is a special spicy, peppery kind that is perfect for clearing your head and nasal passages when you have a cold!

  2. Hope you feel better soon, Roberta!

    Here’s a post I did about food as medicine that has two really healing (and YUMMY!) soups you might wanna try to help you get your feet under you again. http://groovyfoody.wordpress.com/2010/09/21/feeling-under-the-weather-soup-is-a-cure-all/

    All the best! Ness @ TheGrooVyFoody

    1. Thanks for the tip Vanessa =)

  3. Whiskey. With a little honey. Works like a charm!

    1. Thanks for that tip, ill keep that one in the books =)

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