Cold is something that we deal with almost every 2-3 months. If you are lucky then maybe you catch a snuffle once a year. And then there are some who are prone to allergies and thus tend to get colds every now and then. The thing is that cold is too a form of allergy and the natural response of the body is to sneeze and take out mucus. Cold takes its time to heal, which is usually 3-10 days.
Here Are Some Natural Remedies That Help In Dealing With The Cold:
One of the all time favourite remedies for getting rid of cold or rather sooth its symptoms would be hot chicken soup. It is the broth of chicken with the combination of garlic that provides body natural immunity, thanks to the high dosage of vitamins and nutrients that it has. Not only does it sooth symptoms of cold, it also helps in providing more strength to the body.
For this remedy, you don’t really have to do much. But nothing clears the nasal passage like this one. Steam is highly recommended by doctors across the world to open the congested nasal passage and help the mucus clear up. Inhale steam with some essential oils or even on its own 2-3 times a day. Cover the head with a cloth when doing so to prevent steam from escaping.
Another quick solution for helping the cold get cured faster would be drinking at least 2 glasses of orange juice a day. Alternatively, you can also have the fruit. Being rich in vitamin C helps in faster healing and you can get rid of the common cold faster.
What breathing exercises do is that they help in clearing the nasal passage, which usually is blocked during the cold. You should cover one nostril with your finger and breathe deeply from the other, then cover your other nostril and breathe from the alternative one. Repeat this process 3-4 times a day so that you can get some respite.
One of the healing ingredients in the common cold is ginger. It has warming properties along with anti-viral benefits that helps in clearing nasal passage and improves breathing. Boil some ginger in water along with tea leaves. Drink 2-3 times a day.
Combine a pinch of cinnamon with some honey. Honey is rich in antiviral properties while cinnamon helps to clear congestion while helping the sense of smell revoke. Do so at least twice a day to see the visible change in your cold intensity.
It may not really seem nice to drink but garlic has immense anti-inflammation and antiviral properties that helps in combating the common cold. You can add a spoon of honey to the juice. Just drink it up to see the visible change.
Holy Basil Juice With Honey
Holy basil has immense immunity benefits along with improving your cold. You just have to drink the juice of 8-10 leaves of basil along with some honey. The combination works to combat even the worst kind of cold, without the need for any medicines.
If you have a cold along with cough, then combing some apple cider vinegar along with honey, ginger, liquorice root and some onion juice. Store the same in your refrigerator. Drink at least 1 spoon every 3-4 hours to help fight the cold.
Eating red onions, in its raw form, is highly recommended. Red onions are rater pungent and tend to make the eyes water. So imagine what eating freshly sliced onions can do for the nasal passage. Don’t worry it will open up the nasal passage along with your taste senses. You can always brush later.
Mustard Oil Massage
Massage the chest and neck area with some hot mustard oil. The intensity of the natural heat from the oil helps in opening the nasal passage along with making breathing easier. Cover with a cloth to prevent oil from getting cold.
If you have a cold where the nose is severely blocked. Put a drop or two of warm clarified butter into the nose. Let the butter enter the nostrils and clear up the passage for you.
Homemade Nasal Drops
Take 1/4 cup of filtered water with about 3 teaspoons of salt. Mix it well and store in a clean bottle. Put the same into your nostrils when you have a nose block.
Tea Tree Oil
Dilute some tea tree oil with almond or olive oil. Gently massage around the nasal area. The oil helps in opening the nasal passage and clears mucus too. It prevents infections from getting worse.
Take some drops of eucalyptus oil in your handkerchief. Then keep sniffing on the same every time the nose is blocked. It helps fight the cold and clears the nasal area.