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Natural Home Remedies for Cold and Cough

Natural Home Remedies for Cold and Cough

  1. Chicken soup

There are some ingredients in Chicken soup which increase the flow of mucous. Chicken soup contains cysteine which help to thin mucous. Nutrients in Chicken soup can be easily absorbed as it is liquid. It also keeps you hydrated.

To prepare Chicken soup you have to take 10 pieces of chopped skinless chicken ,8 cups of chicken broth, 3 cups garlic cloves, half a cup of chopped onion, 2 sliced carrots, 2 sliced celery stalks, 8 ounces dried egg noodles, half a cup fresh parsley and 2 tablespoons fresh thyme.

Take a large pan, cook chicken and garlic in one teaspoon of olive oil, when the pinkish color is gone from the chicken, and add broth. Reduce the heat and cover it partially and simmer for around 20 minutes. Separate the chicken from bones and cut the chicken into small pieces. Add a spoon of fat on the chicken broth and simmer again. Add onions, carrots, celery, and thyme, and cook it until it gets soft. Stir in noodles and simmer until done. Now eat your chicken soup.

2. Echinacea

Echinacea is a plant which grows in USA and Canada, and it has been used for a very long time to treat diseases as it has medicinal properties. Its leaves, stems, flower, and roots are used to make supplements, teas. There are studies on it and the results are mixed. It was found that it increases the immune power, and protects you from germs. It increases the white blood cells in your blood which fight infections. In one study which was funded by National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine found that there is no benefit in preventing cold using Echinacea.

3. Elderberry Or Elderberry Syrup

Elderberry has been used worldwide as a home remedy to treat number of ailments. In the year 1995 in Panama, people were suffering from a flu and the government employed the use of elderberry Syrup to treat the flu and it actually helped a lot. But don’t overuse the syrup as it has laxative effect.

4. Vitamin C & D

Vitamin C is a vital vitamin and also antioxidant that your body needs to keep you healthy. Vitamin C maintains bones, muscle, and blood vessels. It helps to make collagen and helps absorbing iron. It can be found in vegetables, fruits (oranges and citrus fruits in general). You can also get Vitamin C tablets in medical stores. There are many studies on Vitamin C for treating cold but there is little to no benefits from vitamin C for treating cold. Now coming to vitamin D for treating cold, there are different studies which have proved that those with lowest level of vitamin D in their blood are in risk of respiratory infections. So to get vitamin D you need to go in Sun as it is the cheapest source of vitamin D.

5. Garlic to Treat Cold

Garlic has medicinal properties and has been used for a very long time to treat many diseases. Garlic is anti-bacterial and antiviral. It helps fighting the germs that cause the common cold. Garlic contains antiseptic properties that help the immune system protect against the cold virus. You can make different recipes with garlic. You can use garlic with honey toast, garlic with honey paste, Garlic with orange juice, garlic with tomato, garlic tea, garlic Socks, garlic Soup and Garlic Shrimp.

6. Oregano Oil

Oregano oil is one of the best home remedies if you are suffering from cold and respiratory infections. Oregano Oil has anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiseptic and antioxidant properties. It is used to treat symptoms and it is very effective. There are side effects of using Oregano Oil like stomach upset, allergic reactions. It is a widely available oil and it makes your immune system strong against cold and flu. Oregano Oil is also used to treat cough.

7. Zinc

There are studies on Zinc and it was found that Zinc keeps people healthy and it reduces the length of cold. You can take Zinc in lozenge or syrup form. But keep in mind that large amounts of zinc are toxic and might cause anemia or even can damage your nervous system.

8. Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is acidic in nature but it helps your body by keeping pH levels balanced, which can prevent colds and flu. It actually helps to alkalize your body and it is true that if your body is more alkaline then it fights off viruses that causes cold and flu.

9. Ginger

Ginger is easily available home remedy to treat cold. You can make a strong tea with ginger to treat cold. It is a great herb and it has powerful anti-inflammatory properties. Ginger is also good for nausea and motion sickness.

 10. Honey

To treat upper respiratory ailments honey has been used for centuries by many civilizations. A 2007 research study by the Journal of the American Medical Association Pediatrics reported that honey helps children suffering with colds to cough less and sleep better. Honey contains many antibacterial and antioxidant properties that help to recover faster from their colds. You can take raw honey, honey with lemon tea, gargle with honey to treat sore throats, honey with lemon cough syrup.

11. Probiotics

Probiotics are friendly bacteria found in some foods and your body. Probiotics may have a preventative effect against the common cold. Some studies have found that probiotics have preventive effect against colds. However, based on a systematic review targeting 14 studies on the preventive effect of probiotics against respiratory disease, four studies have reported that the incidence of respiratory disease was reduced after taking probiotics and ten studies reported that there was no reduction. You can take Probiotics from Yogurt and Probiotics make your immune system strong.

12. Warm Baths

Warm bath is very relaxing for your body and mind. It has been proved that raising your body temperature helps your body fight germs .Make sure you are hydrated because hot bath dehydrate you as you are sweating in your tub. Heat level of your bath water should be around 104 degrees Fahrenheit.

13. Salt Water- Gargling

According to the Mayo Clinic, for best results, dissolve half a teaspoon of salt in a full glass of warm water and gargle the solution for a few seconds before spitting it out. Salt water-Gargling is a really good treatment for common cold, itchy throat, and respiratory congestion. It can draw excess fluid from inflamed tissues in your throat.

14. Vapor Rub

According to Wikipedia vapor rub is a mentholated topical petrolatum-based gel intended to assist with minor medical conditions that temporarily impair breathing, including the common cold. It is applied to the chest, often immediately before sleeping. A single study of vapor rub found that it improved cough and cold symptoms.

15. Humidity – Using a Humidifier

According to Mayo Clinic air moisture eases skin, breathing symptoms. Humidifier are actually devices that emit water vapor to increase moisture in the air. Different humidifiers are Central, Ultrasonic, Impeller, Evaporators and Steam vaporizers. Humidifiers help ease symptoms of cold.

16. Sipping Fluids

When you catch cold fluids from your body is drained out, so you need to drink a lot to keep your body hydrated and it also helps loosen mucus. And also to recover your body needs plenty of fluids. You can take Decaf tea, lemon water, soup.

17. Face Steam

Face steam inhalation is a method of inhaling warm, moist air into the lungs via the nose & throat for therapeutic benefit. The hot steam moistens the nasal passages, thus clearing your blocked nose and opens up congested sinuses allowing you to breathe more easily. Your upper respiratory tract can be easily healed by the steam. You can also add beneficial herbs and oil into the steam water.

18. Blowing the Nose Correctly

GP Lucy Belton told Good Housekeeping: ‘Blowing your nose hard is not a good idea, as it can irritate the inside of your nose and damage the lining of the nose and sinuses’. So, to blow your nose correctly you have to press a finger against one nostril, leaving the other one clear, and blow gently into a tissue. It will help clear the mucus in your nostrils.

19. Saline Drops

Saline drops is a good way to alleviate congestion. It is composed of saline solution, which causes the blood vessels in the nose to contract and dilutes mucus and reduces swelling in the sinus area. It can also be given to babies and children.

20. Acetaminophen

It helps to reduce headache as it eases pain, it soothes sore throat, eases inflammation and it is easily available in your local medical stores.

21. Stay Warm and Rested

Taking enough sleep will help your body to recover. When you catch cold, don’t work continuously .Take rest and drink a lot of water as you will lose fluid, you need to keep yourself hydrated.

22. Drink Hot Liquids

Hot liquids can relieve nasal congestion and soothe the uncomfortably inflamed membranes that line your nose and throat. Make a cup of hot herbal tea. Add one teaspoon of honey and one small shot of bourbon. Don’t take too much of it.

23. Use Mentholated Salve

Menthol, eucalyptus, and camphor contain mild numbing ingredients that help relieve the pain of a nose rubbed raw. A small dab of mentholated salve under your nose can open up breathing passages.

24. Try an Extra Pillow Under Your Head

Try to ease pressure to help the sinuses drain, you need to fight gravity and prop up your upper body. It is required to just elevate your head with an extra pillow. It can also cause discomfort so arrange your pillows in a triangle sloping upwards from your shoulders.

25. Epsom Salt Bath

Soaking yourself in Epsom Salt can help your body to rest, recover and increase white-blood cell count. It is easily available at your local medical stores. “It has an alkalizing effect, which gives your immune system a boost,” says Lisa Tsakos-Trepanier, a registered nutritionist.  It also helps symptoms.

26. Essential Oils

You can use essential oils to treat cold and flu. It can relief you and it is a natural treatment and best way of alleviating your symptoms. You can also use essential oils to prevent cold and flu viruses from settling in by eliminating the viruses in your house, and by strengthening your immune system with an all-natural boost.

27. Green Tea

Green tea boost your immune system. Green tea contains properties include antioxidants which are useful to fight off infections and free radicals. You can mix green tea with some ginger root, lemon, cayenne, and a teaspoon of honey to make a hot drink that is soothing to the throat and will fight against infection.

28. Cranberry Juice and Orange Juice

The anti-inflammatory effects of cranberry juice is very effective against the inflammation caused in the lungs by the influenza virus. A substance called nondialyzable material present in cranberries prevent the influenza virus from sticking to the cells. Orange is good for cold when eaten at early stages. Vitamin C a water soluble antioxidant present in orange can help to boost immune system and fight against the cold infection.

29. Kombucha

Kombucha tea has antibiotic and probiotic properties, making it the ideal drink when you’re suffering from cold. Kombucha tea is a fermented probiotic drink made from sweetened black or green tea. It is believed that Kombucha provides micronutrients that help boost immunity, improve digestion, and encourage your body’s natural detoxification process. Drinking kombucha tea can boosts your metabolism, which keeps your immune system healthy.

30. Kadha Recipe

Kadha or ‘karha’ is an Ayurvedic drink made with a number of herbs and spices that are boiled usually in water to extract the benefits. With a variety of whole spices, ingredients and herbs easily found mostly in Indian household, the decoction is the most inexpensive home remedy to boost your immune system and fight infections. Kadha is a recipe which has been used to cure cold, cough, fever, digestion for a very long time.

31. Yogurt

Yogurt contains nutritional values which may offer some relief for your cold symptoms by providing your body with the nutrition it needs. The live, friendly bacteria in yogurt can aid immune system function to give you an added advantage for fighting your cold.

32. Milk and turmeric

Turmeric milk is used traditionally as a remedy for a cough, cold, and other respiratory tract infections. The antibacterial and antiviral properties of turmeric helps fight the infections while the anti-inflammatory property helps relieve the symptoms. Turmeric actually increases mucus production which flushes out the microbes that have managed to get into your respiratory tract. Drink it before going to sleep at night.

33. Baking Soda

Baking Soda is also known as sodium bicarbonate and it is alkaline in nature. It balances your pH level and prevents the contraction of colds. It is a very ancient technique to treat cold and flu. Dr. Cheney reported giving generous doses of sodium bicarbonate for influenza and in many cases the symptoms disappeared within 36 hours. He also suggested taking baking soda as a preventive measure.

34. Black Pepper

Pauline Monette Black from the University of Nebraska, in her paper on Nebraska Folk Cures, mentions using black pepper as a treatment for earaches. She suggests to take a cotton ball and spreading it out thinly, then filling it with black pepper and roll it into a ball. Place the ball of cotton in the outer ear and allow it to remain, soothing the earache. Do not place anything in the ears of small children because they may push it into the ear canal, making it difficult to remove.

35. Cinnamon and Honey

Cinnamon with honey can make your immune system strong. When you are suffering from severe cold you should take one tablespoon lukewarm honey with 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon powder daily for three days. It will help cure chronic cough, cold and clear the sinuses.

36. Grapefruit Seed Extract

Grapefruit Seed Extract works as a natural antibiotic with anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal properties. Grapefruit seed extract contains several antioxidants, which help protect the body against free radicals. You can get Grapefruit Seed Extract in powder, capsule, or tincture form. It helps in fighting many infections and flu.

37. Olive Leaf Extract

Olive leaf are used to make traditional medicine. Olive leaf extract boost the immune system and is a potent antioxidant. It has anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal compound that helps prevent getting cold. It also reduce blood pressure, cholesterol, control blood sugar.

38. Fish Oil

Exercise physiologists at Indiana University have found that taking fish oil relieves tight, constricted breathing passages just as effectively as a nose spray or, in some cases, as an inhaler. You should add fish oil to your supplementary routine.

39. Chamomile

Chamomile is a popular herb taken as a tea to treat cold. There are two varieties of chamomile, German and Roman, with German being the most readily available to grow at home. Though it is considered safe, but it can increase asthma symptoms and cause reactions in people who are allergic to ragweed, asters, daisies and mums. Pregnant women must avoid using chamomile.

40. Fenugreek

Fenugreek has been used for ages, both as herb and spice, and as natural home remedy for various ailments. Recent studies have proved that it helps to fight cold, and the herb has strong anti-viral properties. Researchers have found that it could kill viruses that cause sniffles and sore throats, and helps relieve symptoms.

41. Mixture of Lemon, Cinnamon, and Honey

When you are suffering from common or severe colds, you should take one tablespoon lukewarm honey with 1/4 spoon cinnamon powder and add them to lemon water daily for three days. This process will definitely cure most chronic cough, cold, and, clear the sinuses.

42. Gooseberry

Fresh Gooseberry is beneficial for your health. Take 2 tablespoon of Gooseberry juice and mix it with 2 tablespoon of honey. Take it every day as it improves cough and treats cold. Eating a bit of Gooseberry powder with honey two or three times a day also works to cure long-term dry cough.

43. Carrot juice

It may sound strange to you but it is true that this home remedy is great to fight common cold and cough. This drink helps in relieving common cold and cough.

44. Ginger and Salt

Take a ginger and cut it into small pieces and add salt to it. Chew these ginger pieces to fight cold, cough and a sore throat.

45. Ginger-Basil Mixture

To get relief from a cough and cold you need to extract the ginger juice then add Basil leaves to it   and add honey. Consume it daily for best result.


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