Common Cold is the viral infection of the Upper respiratory system which is not curable with any medications. Cold takes its course of 7 to 10 days depending on the severity and causes headaches, runny nose, fatigue, red eye, congestion, sore throat, sneezing, coughing and in a few cases fever in infants. Over the counter medications treat the symptoms and give mild relief, but they do not treat the infection. In Infants and young children before 5 years of age, colds are also known to lead to ear infections due to fluid retention in the middle ear. There are a few remedies which followed during the initial stages of cold do not lead to severe cold, they do subside the symptoms. In India, the use of herd Turmeric is very important and has been used from times immemorial to treat colds. The following are the remedies I have followed since my childhood and was able to subside the cold symptoms successfully.
Things You Will Need
Ginger powder or Fresh Ginger
Black Pepper Powder and Peppercorns
Step 1Boil a cup of milk on stove top or microwave and add black pepper powder to it and let to come to boil. Add some sugar or consume it without sugar as a hot beverage. Pepper helps relieves the stuffiness of the nose
Step 2Grate some ginger root on a cup and squeeze out the juice from it. Now add the ginger juice to a table spoon of honey and mix well until the juice is completely mixed with honey. Consume the mixture two times a day. This cause relief to sore throat caused due to colds
Step 3Boil a cup of milk and add 1/4 teaspoon of Turmeric powder. Sugar is optional. Turmeric has many antibiotic properties and relieves cold and sore throat symptoms in adults and kids
Step 4Boil a tea bag in a cup of water and add grated Ginger to it. Strain it and take it with Sugar (Optional). Ginger Powder may be used instead of Ginger root.
Step 5Boil a cup of water and add Grated Ginger or Ginger powder to it. Similarly add Powdered Pepper or 5 to 6 peppercorns to the boiling water. Strain and drink with or without Sugar.
Boil a cup of water and add a tablespoon of Fenugreek seeds and 5 to 6 peppercorns and bring the mixture to boil. Strain and drink with or without Sugar.All the above remedies are very inexpensive and give great relief to common cold symptoms. If taken in intial stages of cold as soon as you suspect and bad impending cold, they cure the infection in most cases. Natural remedies are free of chemicals and artificially engineered medication. Natural herbs not only cure cold symptoms but also make you feel energetic and invigourated. ÂÃÂ Dont spend your time and money searching for expensive artificial remedies, trust the mother nature. She has cure for every disease. Conserve Mother Earth!
Tips & Warnings
Excessive Use of peppercorns may cause discomfort due to its spice, when using peppersorn powder limit to 1/8 teaspoon
Excessive Use of Ginger may also cause discomfort due to its strong taste
Using Sugar or honey in all the above remedies is advisable as it reduces the strong smell and taste of the other ingredients
All the above required ingredients may be found in a Natural Food store like Whole Foods.