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How to Combat a Bad Cold, Natural Remedies from India

By Edited Jan 7, 2014 1 3

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

Turmeric Powder

Honey

Lemon Juice

Black Pepper Powder and Peppercorns

fenugreek seeds

Step 1

Boil 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 2

Grate 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 3

Boil 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 4

Boil 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 5

Boil 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.

Step 6

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. ‚Â 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.

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Comments

Sep 1, 2009 11:57am
Anamika
My usual remedy for cold is turmeric milk and chicken soup with lot of pepper. I would try your other remedies next time.
Nov 4, 2009 5:58pm
jcmayer777
I'm going to give this a try. As I've gotten older, I've started using more and more natural products and remedies.

This is a very well written article.
Jul 28, 2010 4:09pm
thinkwrite17
Home remedies are my favorite - I try not to take many over the counter medicines so this article will be valuable to me. Thank you.
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