Natural Ways to Treat a Common Cold

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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.

Drink Water

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.

Chest Salve

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.

Take Supplements

Ask your doctor about taking zinc, vitamin C and Echinacea supplements, all of which can help to heal the common cold more quickly.

Herbal Remedies

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.

Apply Pressure

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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What To Eat And Not To Eat When You Are Sick

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An illness is not usually something that encourages your appetite. In fact, the eating is the last thing you want to do when you feel feverish, nauseous and achy. However, keeping yourself full of liquids and nutrients is vital while you are suffering from an illness. Certain items can help your body to fight infection, and other food items can give you energy and strength when you are ill. The following are some tips for getting through rough periods wand eating when you’re sick:

Drink Plenty of Liquids

You may be able to live without food for a while, but a lack of liquids can land you in the hospital quickly. You need to drink the recommended amount of liquids when you are ill, which is eight glasses of water per day. You can replace the water with Gatorade or an electrolyte drink that has some flavor if you are uncomfortable with water.

Pack on the Pounds

Your body fights hard to restore itself when you are ill, which means your metabolic rate will rise. You will want to combat that rise in metabolic rate with additional calories. Whatever you eat when you are sick should contain twice the number of calories that one of your regular meals has.

Ingest Antioxidants and Soft Foods

You will want to eat and drink a wide range of items that contain antioxidants. Examples of such items are grapefruits, green tea, chicken noodle soup and plain chicken broth. You will want to eat items such as bananas, bread and ginger to calm your stomach if you are nauseous and vomiting. Most people eat toast and crackers when they are ill because those items coat the stomach. You will want to stay away from spicy foods and sugary foods.

The previously mentioned list is something that you can start with the next time you feel ill. You will notice that your energy level is much higher on this plan than it is when you refuse to eat. Our site can provide you with additional recovery tips, and you can follow us for more articles that help you live a more natural life.