Of the many ailments that affect most humans, common cold is undoubtedly the most ‘common’ one.
From an infant to the elderly, there is practically nobody who hasn’t been affected by common cold one or more times.
In fact, this is one of the most commonest diseases that any person can get affected with. It is usually accompanied by runny nose, nasal congestion, headaches, cough, sore throat, etc.
Though common cold isn’t a serious disease, the discomfort and inconvenience that it causes is quite a lot.
It affects your regular life and makes you go through a hell of a time.
That is why, it is important that common cold is treated as quickly as possible and home remedies happen to be the easiest way to treat common cold.
Here are some very common remedies for common cold:
Apple Cider Vinegar
This mixture of water, vitamin C, Apple Cider Vinegar, and honey can really have a magical result on your sore throat and ease your coughing tendency.
This mixture makes sure that your body has the right PH balances, thus not allowing the viruses to survive in your body.
This is another natural medicine that can surely be found in our home and can definitely prove to be useful for your sore throat.
The antimicrobial and antibacterial property of honey also helps you to suppress your cough and relives your throat a lot.
But for the honey to work well, it should be raw, unprocessed and you can only get it from a local beekeeper.
Vitamin C and D
Vitamin C is one of the important ingredients that help in improving your immunity system.
Consuming vitamin C as a supplement can reduce your sufferings due to common cold.
Vitamin C powder can be used as the supplement in this case.
But you have to consult a doctor to know how much of Vitamin C you can consume because over dosage of Vitamin C may cause stomach ache and even diarrhea.
Garlic is one of those home ingredients which can come handy in easing your problems during common cold.
It can relive your sore throat and can be effective for those having a lot of cough as well.
Just make sure to have the garlic raw, chopped, and crushed and you will have some relief for a long time.
Oregano oil is one of those unique ingredients that have multiple medical benefits.
The oil has antiviral, antibacterial, antioxidant and anti-fungal properties which make it another homemade option to cure common cold quickly.
Fermented Cod Liver Oil (FCLO)
FCLO is another supplement that can prove to be useful in treating common cold.
The fact is, FCLO contains Omega 3, Vitamin A and D.
Omega 3 helps in immune support and Vitamin D helps in maintaining the immune system whereas Vitamin A makes sure your body is protected from the attack of the disease.
That is the reason why FCLO can be used to treat common cold.
But while using FCLO make sure that you use one that does not have synthetic Vitamin A in it.
This will ensure that you do not have to face the toxicity of synthetic Vitamin A and all the natural vitamins will be intact.
Ginger is another food having anti-viral properties.
You need to use the grated ginger with hot tea or you can have it raw.
It will warm you from the inside and will help you in stimulating your immunity system.
Rest can certainly be a very good cure to fight any disease.
But especially in the case of common cold, your body needs a lot of relaxation and rest as it fights with the disease.
If you are suffering from common cold, it’s really important to take an off day and break your schedule to help your body with some extra rest.
Although having hot drinks do not have any medical benefits but they can surely help you in relieving your throat and nose.
Since all the medicines, even the home remedies take time to work, a cup of hot tea or coffee can help you fight cold for some time at least.
If you can inhale steam along with eucalyptus oil, it can help you in reducing the symptoms of flu and cold.
Even if you do not use eucalyptus oil, a normal hot steam can surely help you ease up your nose and throat.
Having hot green tea with lemon and honey can be a good beverage to ease up your nose, and heal your sore throat.
Because of the anti-oxidant property, green tea can certainly speed up the recovery process.
Kombucha is a special version of black tea. That contains organic acids and other active compounds.
It has a ph-balancing and antimicrobial property that enhances the immunity system.
This tea is readily available in many medicine stores and can be consumed on a daily basis for better health and a strong immunity system.
It can effectively eliminate the virus that causes cold and can help you to detoxify fast, thus reducing sickness and increasing immunity.
Nettle leaf is one of the best herbs known to be used for healing our body.
Because nettle leaf contains huge amount minerals and vitamins, it can be used to treat cold and cough effectively.
You can use this herb with tea and not only you will have instant relief but also it will enhance your immunity.
All of these techniques are tried and tested remedies for common cold.
Adopting one or more of these simple methods can help you relieve the symptoms of common cold and cure it very easily.
You can also take OTC medicines for common cold, but it would be best that you resort to these home remedies instead of gulping down meds one after the other.
If you find no relief or the cold doesn’t get cured in 3-7 days, it would be best to consult a doctor as he may be able to suggest a different course of action.