Home Remedies for Cold

Published by : connectedh on 03, 2017 for ConnectedH

Coughing is one of the most common health problems. A cough is helpful when it comes to clearing your throat from phlegm and other irritants. Irritants are substances in the air that irritate your throat or nasal passages and can cause coughing. A cough is your body’s way of rejecting that irritant.   FOR COUGH IN ADULTS Coughing can also be due to a viral infection, common cold, flu, and smoking or health problems such as asthma, tuberculosis, and lung cancer. Some of the symptoms of a cough are itchy throat, chest pain, and congestion. Instead of using over-the-counter cough syrups, you can try some natural cough treatments using readily available ingredients in your kitchen:

  • HONEY
Honey is a time-honored remedy for a sore throat. It has been known to soothe the irritated throat linings and thus, has been used as an ayurvedic remedy for cough since ages. It is a rich demulcent, with a high viscosity and stickiness that does an incredible job of coating and soothing those irritated mucous membranes. Mix up to two teaspoons of honey with herbal tea or warm water and lemon. The honey does the soothing, while the lemon juice can help with congestion. You can also simply eat the honey by the spoonful or spread it on bread for a snack.     2. TURMERIC The herb turmeric has a therapeutic effect on coughs, particularly a dry cough. A traditional remedy that most people swear by is the use of hot milk with turmeric. According to a study, it is shown to even have antibacterial properties. Heat a glass of milk, mix in half a teaspoon of turmeric powder and drink warm to get relief from cough. For a dry cough, turmeric powder mixed with a teaspoon of honey taken three to four times a day is effective. You could also try preparing turmeric tea by adding one tablespoon of turmeric powder into 4 cups of boiling water. Keep for a few minutes, strain and mix in some lemon and honey to the liquid and drink.  
  • GINGER
Ginger is one of the most popular natural cures for a cough. Cut fresh ginger into small slices and crush them slightly. Put them in a cup of water and bring to a boil. Drink this herbal solution three to four times a day for relief from sore throat, non-stop coughing and even congestion. You can also some lemon juice and honey to it. Another option is to chew fresh raw ginger on and off throughout the day to reduce your cough.
  • GARLIC
Garlic has both antibacterial and antimicrobial components that help treat coughs. Boil two to three cloves of garlic in a cup of water and add a teaspoon of oregano. Allow it to cool to room temperature, add some honey and drink it. This will help your breathing and alleviate other cough symptoms. Eat a clove of crushed garlic mixed with a few drops of clove oil and some honey for sore throat relief. You can also use garlic in your cooking.
  • SALT AND WATER GARGLE
While the remedy may seem relatively simple, a salt and water gargle can help soothe a scratchy throat that causes you to cough. Mixing 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of salt with 8 ounces of warm water can help to relieve irritation. The salt in the water can help drain excess fluid from inflamed areas in the throat reducing the symptoms.  
  • STEAM
The steam quite literally loosen mucous and phlegm, almost immediately. Bring enough water to a boil to halfway fill a medium size-heat proof bowl. Pour the water into it, let it cool slightly for 30-60 seconds. Lean over the bowl and get as close as you can while still being comfortable. Remember that steam can seriously burn! Use the towel to cover your head like a tent, trapping the steam, and breathe deeply. Ideally, do this for 5-10 minutes 2-3 times a day.
  • DRINK WARM LIQUIDS
A cough should not be neglected because it can lead to certain serious complications at times. Drinking warm liquids like warm water or soup is a good way to soothe the inflammation in the throat.
  • GREEN TEA
Hot, soothing tea has been a cough remedy for hundreds of years. Antioxidant-rich green tea may also help reduce upper respiratory infection symptoms. Add honey for an extra boost.
  • APPLY VAPOR RUB
The same menthol-scented balm your mother or grandmother rubbed on your chest when you were a kid can help clear nasal passages, which can help relieve nighttime coughing. It still works great on your kids as well.   FOR COUGH IN INFANTS
  • SALINE DROPS
When your child's nose is stuffy, she may have trouble breathing, sleeping, and eating. Saline nasal drops can thin the mucus in her nose and shrink swollen airways. Use them two or three times per day; any more often could make her nose sore. Saline drops may make it easier to remove mucus from your child's nose. For babies, try a suction bulb. If your toddler can blow her nose with your help, give that a try.
  • INCREASE FLUIDS
When your child isn't feeling well, give more drinks than usual. Extra fluids can thin out her mucus so her nose won't be as stuffy and she’ll cough up all that gunk more easily. Most drinks, like water, juice, and milk, are fine. Warm liquids like chicken soup, apple cider, or hot chocolate can soothe a sore throat. Be sure they’re warm, not hot, to avoid burns. Babies under 6 months should only drink breast milk or formula, not water or juice. But you may offer more milk than usual for coughs or colds.  
  • HONEY
It soothes sore throats and eases coughs. It may even work better for children than cough medicines. Give your child 1/2 teaspoon of honey before bedtime. But never give it to a child less than a year old. It can make them very ill.  
  • RAISE BABY’S HEAD
Simply place a pillow or folded towel under the head of your baby's mattress to create a slight angle. This will raise her head safely and help her to breathe.
  • TURMERIC PASTE
Mix turmeric powder with a little water to form paste. Take it in a ladle and heat it. Switch off once warm. Apply the lukewarm turmeric paste on chest, forehead and feet. The heat from the turmeric can absorb the phlegm, thereby relieving the baby from cold and cough.  
  • FOR COUGH AND COLD DURING PREGNANCY
  When you become pregnant, your immune system is likely to change.  As a result of these changes, you may contract a cold or a cough at some point during your pregnancy.  In addition, your illness may last longer. The good news is that even though you probably feel fatigued, the symptoms of a cold or flu are not typically dangerous to your baby since it won’t pass through the placenta to affect the baby. However, it is essential to treat cough and cold. Pregnant women can try the following home remedies:  
  • GARLIC
During pregnancy, it’s best to consume 1 crushed, raw garlic clove with each meal. If your cold is acute, you could increase your garlic consumption to 1 crushed, raw clove per every 2-3 hours. I like to smear in raw honey for taste and added benefits.
  • APPLE CIDER VINEGAR
It alkalinizes the body and most illnesses can’t thrive in alkaline environments. It also contains good bacteria which helps to fight of infection. Mix 1-2 tablespoons of ACV into water or tea and drink 3 times a day. You can also gargle it.  
  • HONEY
Honey is antibacterial, antimicrobial, and antiseptic. Take 1 tablespoon, three times a day.
  • ONION
Raw onion has phytochemicals that help keep the respiratory tract open. You can make a black bean or beef burger and top with lots of onions and mustard.  
  • LEMON
It is antibacterial and helps alkalinize the body. Take two lemons, juice and add to a quart Mason jar. Add filtered water and 1 tablespoon of raw honey and a dash of sea salt for added minerals. Drink throughout day.    
  • FOR CONGESTION
  Congestion is of two types: nasal congestion and chest congestion. Nasal congestion in simple terms is commonly known as a ‘blocked nose’ or ‘stuffy nose’. This happens when there is swelling in the nasal cavity which leads to a buildup of mucus. As a result, it becomes difficult to breathe normally. This is a symptom often associated with colds, flus and allergic reactions.   Chest congestion is characterize by a buildup of mucus in the trachea and the respiratory tract that leaves your chest feeling heavy. If not treated timely, it can cause an infection in your respiratory tract. The most common cause of chest congestion is the common cold. Allergens, bacteria and fungi can also cause chest congestion and infection. Some other causes include asthma, bronchitis, the flu, pneumonia and tuberculosis. Symptoms of chest congestion can make you very uncomfortable and tired due to the short supply of oxygen. Common symptoms include a tightened chest, irritation in the throat, mild chest pain, cough, shortness of breath, dizziness and difficulty breathing. The home remedies for treating congestion are the same used for treating cough and cold like turmeric, ginger, garlic, apple cider vinegar, honey, lemon, et cetera.

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