Got the sniffles of cold? And a throat that feels like it’s being used as a scratching post by a cat? Fret not, Mother Nature has a few tricks up her sleeve that would make you feel better in no time.
Just follow these quick and easy home remedies made from ingredients found in your kitchen or home garden and you should be up on your feet in a jiffy!
Diet Remedy For Cold Sores
Turmeric works like a charm to soothe a sore throat. It contains curcumin, which helps ease headaches, reduces symptoms of allergy and acts as a decongestant. It also effectively wards of cold.
In 1 cup hot water, mix 1/2 teaspoon turmeric and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Gargle with this mixture twice a day. Alternatively, mix 1/2 teaspoon turmeric in 1 cup of hot milk and drink it. Please note that turmeric can stain clothing, so be very careful while mixing and gargling.
With its antiviral affects, garlic is powerful in providing relief from a common cold. It contains compounds like allion and allicin that help fight the flu virus.
To get the best out of it, chew a raw clove every three to four hours. If that’s not possible, cut them into small pieces and swallow them like pills. If raw garlic does not appeal to you, add a few cloves to a soup. Even when cooked, the sulfur rich compounds in it have an effective anti-microbial property.
This one has been a sure fire way of warding off a cold from ages! The theory goes that hot soup helps raise the temperature in the throat and nose, which creates an unfavourable environment for the cold virus.
Homemade chicken soup has proven to show beneficial anti-viral activity. However, to work effectively, the soup has to be home made and not poured out of a can.
Many cultures swear by honey as an effective cure for colds and coughs. It is believed to work wonders by soothing and coating a sore throat. Honey is packed with amazing antioxidant and antibacterial properties. It has been found that the darker the color of the honey, the more the antioxidants.
One of the many ways to make an effective remedy is by adding two teaspoons each of honey and lemon juice in a cup of hot water and drinking this concoction. The Vitamin C in the lemon adds to the curative effect.
For centuries, the Chinese have used ginger to treat coughs, colds and sore throats. It is used as a popular traditional medicine in India too. It contains chemicals known as sesquiterpenes that fight the rhinoviruses, a very common family of the cold virus.
Hot ginger tea is the most popular home remedy that is effective in fighting a common cold. To make this, add a two inch piece of peeled and sliced ginger to a cup of boiling water. Cover and simmer it for about 20 minutes. Strain the tea. To increase the healing effect of this tea, you can add a dash of honey and lemon juice to it.