I don’t know about you, but at this time of year I am generally bound to get the sniffles at some point (in fact I had a cold when we got back from Cologne in December)- working with children certainly doesn’t help. I don’t usually take cold tablets or anything like that, I much prefer to have soothing things like hot water with lemon and honey. I have a guest post for you today about other home remedies to help with colds:
Garlic contains a number of antiseptic properties that are capable of protecting your immune system against the common cold, and according to scientific research, the allocine contained in garlic is very active in stimulating the white blood cells in the body. In addition, the oil in garlic plays a major role in opening up the respiratory passages.
Note that garlic loses its potency when cooked. So, you should always take it raw during times of sickness. Crush 3 to 4 cloves of garlic, mix with a glass of warm water and drink the mixture quickly in one sip. For effective treatment, take this medication at least three times a day until you start feeling better.
2. Noodle Soup
If you are not aware of it, chicken soup contains a lot of vitamins and nutrients that are very effective in fighting the common cold. Scientific research reveals that it contains cysteines, which can actually thin mucus secretions in your nose and help your body fight against opportunistic viral invaders. In addition, the carbohydrates present in the soup are easy to absorb and can help maintain the energy levels in your body.
Even though non-organic noodle soup can reduce some symptoms of cold, it supplies the body with herbicides, growth hormones and pesticides that are not recommended for your well-being. So, make sure you take organic noodle soup.
3. Saline Nose Sprays
The inflammation in the nose during a cold is caused by molecules called lymphokines or cytokines, which are produced by the body as it tries to fight the infection. Washing these molecules with a saline solution can reduce the inflammation. You can make your own saline solution by adding 1 teaspoon of salt to 7 ounces of water in a clean nasal spray bottle or dropper. Spray or drop the solution in each nostril at least four to five times a day.
If you have a runny or stuffed up nose, gargling pepper in hot water, eating pepper with a meal or even simply smelling pepper can help break apart any congestion in your lungs or sinuses. The hot substance pepper called capsaicin is pharmacologically similar to guaifenesin. It is very active in thinning mucus secretions and helping get rid of the germs present in the nasal passages.
5. Apple Cider Vinegar
Adding 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to a glass of water helps to alkalinise your cherished body. Creating an alkaline environment in your body helps kill dangerous viruses and bacteria that cause the common cold. For effective treatment, start taking it at the first sign of infection and repeat several times a day until the symptoms start subsiding.
About the author:
Charlotte Rivington loves to blog about health-related topics, in particular her favourite recipes and nutritional advice. For all her food supplies she uses milk&more – a dairy and grocery delivery service. You can read a Milk and More review here.
I keep reading brilliant things about apple cider vinegar- it is something I need to try I think as prevention is better than cure.
What is your favourite cold remedy?