Wednesday, 29 June 2016

11 Home Remedies To Cure Common Cold

A person suffering from common cold will surely agree that home remedies for cold are effective to an extent to treat and cure cold, nose blockage, sneezing, sore throat and running nose. Though there is no proven tactic of how to prevent the common cold, a tough and healthy immune system with effective home remedies for cold will help you to treat cold.Here's a look at some best common cold remedies which will help a lot to cure it.

13 Home Remedies To Cure Common Cold

1 . Blow your nose

Blow your nose often, but do it the proper way. It's important to blow your nose regularly when you have a cold rather than sniffling mucus back into your head. But when you blow hard, pressure can carry germ-carrying phlegm back into your ear passages, causing earache. The best way to blow your nose is to press a finger over one nostril while you blow gently to clear the other.

2 . Carom Leaf (Ajwain)

Carom Leaf (Ajwain) boiled in water is a natural remedy to cure cold. Mix honey in this boiled water to get rid of cure cold or running nose.

3 . Drink Herbal Tea

Chamomile, mint, and ginger tea each have properties that soothe the throat and act as mild decongestants.

4 . Honey for cough

Honey can be given to children older than 12 months. Half a teaspoon can be given to children between 2 and 5 years of age, 1 tsp for children of 6-11 yrs of age, and 2 tsps. for children older than 12 yrs.

 5 . Vitamin D

Vitamin D is perhaps the most overlooked, and yet arguably one of the most effective, remedies for treating the common cold. Although it works better as a preventive regimen, taking higher than normal doses of vitamin D3 daily -- some experts recommend taking 10,000 international units (IU) or more of vitamin D3 every day -- can help reduce cold and flu symptoms and get you back to normal health much more quickly than without them.

 6 . Pepper

If your child has a runny or stuffed up nose, eating pepper with a meal, gargling pepper in hot water, or even simply smelling pepper can help break apart any congestion in your child’s lungs or sinuses. Pepper can help break up congestion effectively thanks to its capsaicin components which are known to thin mucus, and they are also effective in helping getting rid of the germs in the nasal passages as well.

7 . Apple cider vinegar

Cold viruses tend to put the body into an overly acidic state, which makes it that much more difficult for the immune system to fight disease. But taking apple cider vinegar, a powerful alkalizing food, will help not only kill a cold but also squash its miserable symptoms. Mixing a few tablespoons of apple cider vinegar with warm water, honey, and lemon, and drinking the concoction several times a day will have you back to health in no time.

8 . Ginger

Eating ginger raw or drinking ginger tea are both popular natural home remedies that are known to help treat the symptoms of a common cold. Take about ten grams of ginger and cut it up into small pieces before boiling it in a cup of water, and then have your child drink the mixture at least two times a day.

9 . Garlic soup remedy for the common cold

Most people detest garlic for the bad breath that it is quite synonymous with. However, the garlic bulb is rich in antioxidants that can do wonders to your health. Known for its antiviral, antibacterial and anti-fungal properties, the garlic bulb can be used for a host of home remedies including prevention and cure of the common cold.

To make garlic soup, simply add ten or more cut up garlic cloves to a soup of your choice and simmer for two to five minutes and you are good to go. You can use as many as fifty cloves but an average of ten cloves for every five cups of broth is not bad. Chicken soup or vegetable soup may be used. Some apple cider and cayenne pepper can be a good addition to spice up the soup.

10 . Coconut oil

This elixir from the coconut palm is one of the most powerful, natural antiviral compounds known to man. Coconut oil has an amazing ability to target virtually any virus, including cold viruses. Rich in medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs), coconut oil absorbs directly into viral cells where it breaks apart and disintegrates the protective coating of the virus, effectively killing it. Take a tablespoon or two daily of extra virgin coconut oil, particularly at the onset of cold symptoms, can effectively thwart the virus from taking hold and running its course .

11 .  Zinc

 Often sold in syrup or lozenge form for such purposes, zinc has been scientifically shown to help combat the sniffling, sneezing, and coughing symptoms typically associated with colds. Zinc is also a powerful immune-boosting trace element that facilitates the proper function of more than 3,000 proteins in the body, as well as the promotion of healthy digestive function, which is where the bulk of immunity lies.

12 . Lemon

Fresh lemon juice has a strong alkalizing effect on the body. Lemon contains vitamin C.  Lemon relieves stomach discomfort and removes gallstones when combined with olive oil. Lemons help prevent atherosclerosis, diabetes, kidney stones and osteoarthritis. Fresh lemon juice is a great deodorant and aftershave, and promotes healing. Lemon has antibacterial, antiseptic, and antimicrobial properties.

13. Grapefruit Tea

In the early stages of a cold, try this recipe from Brian Berman, MD: Place a whole unpeeled grapefruit, sectioned into four pieces, in a pot and cover with water; heat to just under a boil. Stir and add 1 tablespoon of honey, then drink the liquid as you would a tea. "The simmering releases immune boosters from the grapefruit into the water—vitamin C and flavonoids hidden between the rind and the fruit," he says. "The concoction packs more punch than store-bought grapefruit juice, plus the warmth eases a sore throat. (Source: The Doctor's Book of Home Remedies)