Natural Cold Remedies
Unfortunately, we still don’t have a cure for the common cold and it looks like we won’t have one in the near future. If you feel the typical cold symptoms creeping up on you, here are some natural home remedies that may help get you feeling better…sooner rather than later!
The first thing you should do when you feel a cold coming on is to rest as much as possible. While often easier said than done, a cold will last longer if you don’t give your body a break. When resting, the body can direct its energy toward the battle at hand. So grab a good book, curl up in a comfy spot and relax for a bit.
Drink Hot Liquids
Drinking hot liquids, such as tea, can relieve nasal congestion, prevent dehydration and soothe your sore throat. Avoid sugary drinks.
Yes, this old home remedy has validity. Mix a teaspoon of salt in warm water and gargle four times a day to moisten a sore and red throat. Also good is a gargle made of honey, warm water and lemon juice. It’s not only soothing but can reduce the tickle in your throat. Remember: never give honey to a child under 1 year old.
Blow your nose properly
Blow your nose often by pressing your finger over one nostril while gently blowing. When you blow too hard, pressure can cause a horrible earache.
Sleep with extra pillow
It’s not easy to get a good night’s sleep when your head is congested. Sleeping with an extra pillow under your head will allow the drainage of the nasal passages, and help to provide a more comfortable night.
Increasing your Vitamin C intake during months where colds are most prevalent (November – March) can help prevent colds or shorten the duration. Foods rich in this vitamin include oranges, red peppers and broccoli. Talk to your doctor about how many milligrams is safe for you to take.