Natural Cold Remedies

In order for natural cold remedies to be as effective as possible, they must be combined with a good nutrition.

The article explores the nature of a cold, a number of remedies that can be used and the foods that can be eaten to supplement the body's ability to fight off colds.

The Cold, Its Symptoms and What Herbs Do

Contracting a cold can be quite uncomfortable. However, the good news are that they are easily manageable if you know what to do and what to avoid to nurse yourself back to health.

A cold is characterized typically by a runny nose, a sore throat, a lot of sneezing and dry coughs. Lymph glands which are around the neck are also affected. They become swollen and tender.

You must understand that natural cold remedies are not “cures” for the common cold. Rather, they offer relief from the symptoms of the cold and boost the body’s immune system and shorten the recovery period.

A Few Natural Cold Remedies to Use Today

  • Take thyme and eucalyptus herbs to loosen the mucus produced and cause bronchial tubes, the throat and nasal passages.
  • To reduce inflammations within the respiratory system, use sage tea to gargle regularly. For better results also use sage inhalations.
  • A cold sometimes causes dry coughs, boil some water and place in a bowl. And add ten drops of tea tree oil. Then, leave the bowl in a room for at least 8 hours (preferably overnight). You could also sprinkle a bit of it on a cloth then place it under your pillow. Caution: Don’t place this near a baby’s head as it could cause a baby’s liver to swell.
  • Use ginkgo biloba, onion or nasturtium herb inhalations three times a day for fifteen minutes each. These remedies help to eliminate bacteria and restore damaged mucous membranes.
  • When you get a sniffle, you could use herbal teas mixed in with ten to fifteen drops of goldenseal and echinacea.
  • When taking a shower or a bath, use a mix of juniper needle and thyme herbs.

Nutrition is Key........

Apart from herbs, you could use other natural cold remedies in the form of the nutrition you take. If suffering from a cold, ensure that you keep up the following nutrition:

  •  Eat raw fruits and vegetables that are rich in vitamin A and vitamin C such as carrots and citrus fruits.
  •  Drink at least 6 glasses of water to keep your body hydrated and avoid constipation.
  • Take diluted fruit juices. Avoid undiluted juices as they are too sweet which can defeat the purpose of providing relief from symptoms and boosting the immune system for speedy recovery. Avoid sugars totally.
  • Grape juices that are condensed are effective in strengthening and overworked heart muscle.
  • Any herbal teas, vegetable juices and warm broth are perhaps the most effective juices to fight a cold.
  •  Garlic juice also relieves cold particularly at the onset of a cold. It also provides warmth and helps the body eliminate virus and bacteria that cause the cold.

In Conclusion......

Natural Cold Remedies go hand in hand with nutrition to help relieve the cold. There are also herbal supplements, and common practices that you can you use in relation to your environment. If a cough persists, ensure that you seek the services of professional as it could be that you are suffering from another more serious illness.

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