Remedies for Cough and Cold
Winter is around the corner, and so are the accompanying conditions – cough and cold. Although not extreme conditions, these cause a lot of discomforts. Unfortunately, there is no antidote for the cold, but certain remedies will help in reducing the severity of the symptoms.
Chinese and the Indian cultures have some amazing home remedies that can give you instant relief from the cough and colds. This article contains some of the best home remedies practiced all over the globe to give quick relief from the flu.
- Steam it out – Inhaling steam is an excellent method to cure a stuffy nose instantly. You can add a few drops of essential oils like eucalyptus, tea tree or peppermint into the hot water. Stepping into a hot shower or inhaling the steam from a cup of your favourite beverage will also help.
- Soup for the Soul – This kick-ass soup works well in decreasing inflammation which otherwise causes a cough and mucus build-up. The chicken broth and the herbs nourish your body and provide quick relief from cough and cold.
- Decoction for Cough – Make a decoction with crushed peppercorns, jaggery, and cumin. Cool it and drink the decoction to clear away the phlegm jamming the airways.
- Make Herbal Tea – Herbal Tea is another wonderful remedy for treating cold and cough. Herbal tea mix is available in stores, or you can make your own herbal tea with ingredients such as cinnamon, pepper, basil and ginger.
- Home-made cold syrup – You can make syrup at home from natural ingredients. Thin the honey in a pan using a double boiler. Now add lemon and a pinch of cinnamon to it. Drink this syrup to treat your cold.
- Healing Cocktail – Make a cocktail of brandy, pepper, and honey and gulp it down. This healing cocktail is wonderful to treat a cough.
- Honey Gargle – Make a thick gargle with warm water, honey and apple cider vinegar. Gargling a few times a day eases a sore throat and gives relief.
- Make a Saline Spray – Mix three parts iodine free salt with one part baking soda. Add one teaspoon of this mixture to lukewarm water (8 ounces). Using a syringe, squirt this solution into your nose. It will instantly clear the nasal congestion.
- Do a vapour rub – Ingredients such as Eucalyptus oil, camphor or Menthol make an excellent vapour rub. Rubbing these on your chest and under the chest helps to break the congestion.
- Apply hot packs – Take a water bag and fill it up with hot water. Now gently place them on your congested areas like the nose and chest.
A lot of people find it difficult to sleep with the congestion blocking the airways, but placing a pillow under the head to keep the head elevated helps in this case. Cough and colds are common during the cold seasons. Wear clothes that keep you warm and drink plenty of fluids especially warm fluids to get relief.