Winter is knocking the doors, or winter is coming for the fans of game of thrones. But our winter doesn’t bring big ugly monsters, it brings the cold and flu virus. That is why it is important to make sure you are prepared and well informed about how to face it.
But what to do when you got already sick and want to treat your problem in a holistic way? There are a lot of home remedies and ingredients which can help you relief a cold or get rid of it. This article contains the best 9 home remedies to treat a cold.
Remember that we are not doctors, those remedies are based merely on our experience. If the cold lasts longer than two weeks, you should consult a physician.
9 Home Remedies to Treat a Cold
1 – Oranges and mandarins
In the country where I come from, oranges grow only during winter. If nature give us this fruit during this season, there must be a reason. Guess what? Oranges are full of vitamin C which has been used for years to treat and get rid of a cold.
2 – Garlic
The antibacterial and antiviral properties makes it a great remedy to treat the cold symptoms. It is also very good for boosting your immun system and getting rid of toxins. Garlic as well helps open up your respiratory passages.
3 – Pepper
Pepper is also great for treating and getting rid of a cold. It helps thin the mucus and relief your congestion. If your cold symptoms include a runny nose, try to add some pepper to your meals. Another way to benefits from pepper is by gargling with a teaspoon of black pepper mixed in a warm cup of water.
4 – Honey
Honey is a powerful remedy to the common cold. Some nutrients and enzymes in honey help get rid of bacteria and the viruses which cause the cold. Plus, honey can boost your immun system which can be a good protection against the common cold.
Read also: Top 7 Holistic-Health Benefits of Honey
5 – Ginger
Ginger provides antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties, both of which are great to treat the common cold. Try to drink ginger tea many times a day. To make it even more effective, add lemon juice and honey.
6 – Milk and turmeric
Milk mixed with something like turmeric is very effective for treating the common cold symptoms, like body aches and headaches. Boil a mixture of milk and 1/2 tablespoon of turmeric and 1/2 tablespoon of ginger. Allow it to cool and drink it twice a day and especially right before going to bed.
7 – Chicken soup
Chicken soup is full of essentiel nutrients and vitamins which can help you treat the cold symptoms. It boosts the immun system and helps your body recover faster. In addition, its antioxidant properties will speed up the healing.
8 – Red onion
Red onion can be used as a homemade syrup to treat a cold. It contains a lot of hearty nutrients which will help you recover and get rid of the cold symptoms. Drink about a spoon of red onion syrup mixed with honey or lemon several times a day.
9 – Mullein tea
Mullein tea is a great remedy for the common cold symptoms. Its expectorant properties can relieve chest congestion which accompanies a cold.
Furthermore, there are some tips you can do at home to speed up the healing processus and treat a cold. Here are some them:
- Drink plenty of fluids ti stay hydrated
- Blow your nose as often as you can
- Rinse your nose with saline spray or salt-water
- Stay warm and rested
- Gargle With Warm Salt Water
- Put Hot Packs on Your Sinuses