We all know what it’s like to have a cold, and it can be miserable! But did you know that there are many natural remedies for the common cold? We’ve compiled a list of natural remedies that you can easily do at home.
Expel That Mucus
It is important to clear your head of mucus. Instead of sniffling, blow your nose thoroughly and frequently, one nostril at a time.
Steam it up
Steam moistens your nasal passages. Take a steamy shower, or fill a bowl with hot water, put a towel over your head and lean over the bowl, inhaling the steam. Adding 5-10 drops of essential oil can increase the water’s decongestive effect.
Gargle Salt Water
Gargling can provide temporary relief for a sore throat. Dissolve a teaspoon of salt into a warm glass of water and gargle four times per day.
Turn up the Heat
Heat can help to relieve congestion and sinus pressure. Drink hot liquids or eat hot soup to relieve nasal and chest congestion. In addition, placing a hot water bottle (wrapped in flannel or another soft material) on your chest can help to break up a cough.
Make sure you drink lots of water and other clear fluids to stay hydrated. Hydration will help to thin your mucus and enable your body to expel it more quickly. Limit your caffeine and alcohol intake, as both can cause dehydration.
You can make a quick chest salve by melting coconut oil with 15 drops of essential peppermint oil. Place this salve on your chest or under your nose to clear your sinuses.
Get More Rest
Getting more sleep will help your body direct its energy toward boosting your immune system and kicking that cold.
Elevate Your Head
Elevating your head while you’re sleeping can drain your sinuses and keep congestion from building up in your head. Don’t be afraid to stack those pillows.
Spice it up
Spicy foods, like radishes and hot peppers can alleviate congestion. Garlic also has healing properties. Crush a clove of garlic, add the juice from one lemon, one teaspoon of honey and hot water, and drink up.
Ask your doctor about taking zinc, vitamin C and Echinacea supplements, all of which can help to heal the common cold more quickly.
There are many herbal remedies that you can easily make at home to promote decongestion, including ginger tea, elderberry syrup, goldenseal tea, mullein tea and honey-onion syrup.
Applying pressure to certain pressure points can help to alleviate sinus pain. There are three key points for alleviating sinus pressure. Apply gentle pressure for 20-30 seconds to each of these points for immediate relief.
Next time you feel an onset of cold symptoms, remember to try these natural remedies before running to your doctor. You’ll be glad you did!
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