At some point, we have all suffered from cold. The irritation it causes may prevent us from doing our daily activities. Using these home remedies can relieve you from the discomforts of a cold.
It would be a lie if you claimed that you have never suffered from a common cold because as the name suggests it is in fact very common. Though a viral infection, a common cold is not serious. However, some of you may have a different opinion based on the degree of cold you have suffered from. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are millions of cold cases reported in the United States. Adults suffer from an average of 2-3 colds per year while children are a higher risk. However, most people recover in 7-10 days. Symptoms may last longer if the person has habits such as smoking. Sore throat, runny nose, sneezing, cough are all common symptoms seen in people. Here are few natural home remedies that help you be in control of your common cold:
Saltwater gargle is great to ease your sore throat. According to WebMD, gargling saltwater provides symptomatic relief and the saltwater also has preventive benefits. "You’re creating a high-salt barrier and you’re pulling out a lot of fluids from the tissues in the throat area, so you’re washing the virus out. The salt functions as a magnet for water....," said Dr. Segal-Maurer. Dissolve 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of salt in 8 ounces of warm water and gargle. This will ease the irritation on your scratchy throat.
Consuming hot liquids can relieve nasal congestion and prevent dehydration. It can also soothe the inflamed membranes that line your throat and nose. Clear hot broth or some cup of hot herbal tea will do the magic if you find it difficult to sleep at night. Having a shot of whiskey or bourbon with one teaspoon of honey can also help.
Both hot or cold temperature can work for your congested sinuses. You can either make a pack on your own or buy a reusable hot or cold pack from the drugstore. Take a damp cloth and heat it in the microwave for 55 seconds. Make sure that the temperature is tolerable before using it. For cold pack, a frozen peas packet would do the trick.
Nasal congestion is one of the common symptoms observed among people suffering from a common cold. You can breathe steam during a hot shower to relieve nasal congestion and sinus pressure. Another way to do take steam is to fill a pot with boiling water and breathe the steam while placing a towel over your head. You can also add the essential oil eucalyptus to the water for better results. This will soothe your nose and throat according to Medical News Today.
Some foods can help the body fight the illness better. Having blueberries that are high in natural aspirin can lower fevers and aches. Chili peppers can open up sinuses and break the mucus in the lungs. Horseradish can also break mucus in air passages. Adding some of these foods to your diet while undergoing cold can help you get better sooner.
Blowing the nose in the right way can clear the nasal passage as much as possible. Taking the mucus back into the nose can force it to the ears causing an earache. Though blowing nose may sound like it requires no barrier, it is not right. Block one nostril and gently blow into a tissue. Then switch to the other nostril, block it and repeat the same.
A congested nasal passage can give you sleepless nights. Elevating your head using a pillow can help you deal with this problem. If you feel that the angle is way too awkward for your head, try placing the pillows between the mattress and the box springs to create a gradual slope.