The common cold is a viral infectious disease of the upper respiratory system which affects primarily the nose. Symptoms include a cough, running nose, sore throat and fever which usually resolve in seven to ten days, with some symptoms lasting up to three weeks. When most of us get a cold to we tend to run to the pharmacy for over the counter drugs or even the hospital to seek medical attention and what we all don't know is that since common cold is caused by a virus then no amount of antibiotics can cure it.

There are so many remedies for common cold that different people have come up with and these remedies are not always effective but if it is not effective on you does not make it a poor remedy for common cold this is because every person has a different immune level in our bodies hence our bodies heal at a totally different rate. When I last got a cold last week I discovered some of the remedies that really work well with common cold, these remedies are home based and wont cost you anything.

* Gargle with warm salt water

This method goes all the way to mum old medicine book this is a remedy that has been used for a long time and it always works especially with sore throat. Put a half teaspoon of salt in a glass off warm water and gargle twice a day.

* Intake lots of fluid

It is advisable to take about eight glasses of water a day. this keeps you hydrated and hence keeps the lining of the nose moist making it easy to for the mucus to clear. Do not take alcohol as it causes dehydration

* Try a little honey

Honey also goes way back to mums medicine cabinet and was used to cure so many diseases and so does it cure common cold. Take a tablespoon of honey once a day or you can take it in warm water just as in salt you can also add ginger and lemon to the water.

* keep stress levels down and have enough rest

It is very important to rest so that your body can fight the virus quickly and more effectively; so when you have a cold go home switch off your phone and relax under a warm atmosphere.

* Do not exercise

I know most of you are asking why but it is important that you stop exercising for 2 – 3 days so that your body can save forces to fight the virus.