Common cold hardly spares anyone. There are different types of viruses that can cause cold. While body tries to fight the virus the symptoms like sneezing, coughing, sore throat, chest and nasal congestion, fever and fatigue pops up. Visiting doctor’s office is not required as antibiotics are not needed to treat common cold. Most of us stock up over-the-counter cold medicine to get relief. These medicines no doubt ease the symptoms but often they have side effects. Natural remedies are beneficial to the body. They help in controlling the production of mucus, boost immunity and cleanse the system. Here are 4 easy to make cold remedies which will not only fight off the virus but will strengthen your immune system as well.
4 DIY Remedies To Kick Common Cold
Sip Fresh Ginger Root Tea
Gingerol, an active compound in ginger, helps to lessen inflammation of the mucous membrane that lines the nasal passage and causes congestion. When swelling is reduced, the mucous can easily flow out and you can get relief from stuffed nose. Try this immune boosting cold-fighting tea that not only loosens mucous, but also kills bacteria and relieves you from other symptoms of cold like headache, body pain and nausea. To make ginger tea you will need:
3 cups of water
1 tsp of freshly squeezed lemon juice
½ inch stick of cinnamon
1 inch piece of ginger root, grated or slices
Pinch of Black pepper
1-2 tablespoons honey (as per your taste)
Add all the ingredients except honey and lemon in water and bring it boil for 5-10 minutes. Once boiling, let it simmer for 10 minutes. Strain and add honey and lemon juice. Sip the tea slowly and also breathe in the steam. Store the rest of the tea in the fridge; reheat and drink 2-3 times a day. Sipping this tea can bring relief from sore throat and chest and nasal congestion.
One of the best ways to ease the congestion and stuffy nose is inhalation of steam. The best essential oils you can use for steam inhalation are eucalyptus oil, peppermint oil or tea tree oil. They can be used separately or in combination. The antibacterial and antiviral properties contained in these oils help to fight the virus you’re battling with. You will need:
A pot of boiling water
5 to 10 drops of eucalyptus, peppermint or tea tree oil
In a bowl put the essential oil and pour boiling water over it. Bring your face as close as possible to the bowl without hurting yourself. Be careful not to get burned. Drape towel over your head and inhale the steam by taking deep breaths. Keep tissues ready to blow your nose or cough up phlegm. The best place for steam inhalation is on the countertop of the wash basin.
Sage Tea For Sore Throat
One of the dreaded symptoms that cold and flu season brings with it is sore throat. Sage has antiseptic, antibacterial and astringent properties which have been used for centuries to cure sore throat, coughs and cold. Sage tea can soothe sore throat very well and bring relief from pain. To make sage tea, you will need:
1 tbsp of dried sage leaves
2 tablespoon of fresh sage leaves
A cup of boiling water
1tbsp honey (optional)
½ tsp lemon juice (optional)
Boil water add fresh or dried leaves of sage. Steep for 10 minutes; strain and add honey and lemon according to your taste. Sage tea can be used for gargling also.
DIY Garlic, lemon And Honey Cough Syrup
Garlic not only is an immune booster but also has great antiviral, antibacterial and decongestant properties and when combined with honey and lemon, its soothing, healing and antiseptic properties can work wonders for combating the symptoms of cold and flu, particularly dry cough. This homemade cough syrup is very effective as well as easy to make with just a few ingredients that are usually available in our pantry. Though coughing helps to expel the mucous, but sometimes it needs to be stopped so that you can sleep well. To make this syrup you will need:
5-6 garlic cloves
1 cup of water
Juice of ½ a lemon
2 tbsp of honey
Peel the garlic cloves add them in water and bring them to boil. Cover the pan and simmer for at least 15-20 minutes. When the water is reduced to half, remove from heat. Add honey and lemon stirring well. When the syrup cools down, strain it in glass jar. You can store this syrup for two to three weeks in fridge. Take this syrup every day to get relief from cough and cold symptoms 2-3 times a day until you find complete relief.