There are many things you can do to get rid of a cold. Many people rely on medication, which is very damaging to your body. Before you take a dose of over the counter medicine, you should try home remedies to see if you can soothe your body while it is uncomfortable until your cold passes.
Honey: Honey seems to be a natural cure for anything. Take a teaspoon of raw honey every morning for extra vitamins and to boost your immune system. You can also stir in a spoonful of honey into a cup of tea. When choosing your honey, make sure it is locally made. Sometimes you can find local at grocery stores, but be sure to read the label. Honey that is made out of state is probably not the best for you and could be made artificially in factories.
Warm Washcloth: If you have a sinus infection, you can use a warm washcloth, or a heating pad and put the heat on your sinuses. This will help open them up so you can breathe normal. The way this works is that the heat will loosen up any mucus and help you become decongested.
Salt Water: If you have a sore throat, gargling warm salt water can give you some relief. Be sure to only do this a few times a day as the gargling could irritate your throat. Usually this gives relief, and it also helps to keep the germs out by coating your throat with salt water.
Steam: When you have a cold and are congested, you probably have noticed that a warm shower seems to open you up so you can breathe easier. The reason for this is the steam that comes from the shower. Another way you can do this is boil a pot of water and slowly breathe over it, being very careful not to burn yourself. You can even put in a few drops of natural eucalyptus oil which will help clear your passage ways as well.
Eliminate Sugar: Viruses love to feed on sugar. If possible, cut down on the amount of sugar you are consuming and try eating healthy vegetables to boost your immune system. Definitely eliminate candy and soda during the crucial time that you are sick.
Garlic: If you are looking to boost your immune system, garlic can do the trick. If you can handle eating a raw clove of garlic, do it. If not, use garlic in your meals when you cook. When garlic is raw it is the strongest, but some people just cannot handle the taste of it when it is raw.
Ginger: A ginger drink works wonderful if you have a sore throat. There are ginger drinks that you can purchase at the store or you can make your own. Bring 2 cups of water to a bowl and add some fresh ginger. Add cayenne pepper and a squeeze of lemon for your ginger drink. Drink this when it is hot to help soothe your unbearable sore throat. Adding some honey to your ginger drink is a great idea as well.
Drink Fluids: Orange juice has lots of Vitamin C in every cup, and water is a great way to release all toxins from your body. Keeping yourself hydrated is important in getting rid of your cold the natural way. Any type of fluid will help thin your mucus and keep you hydrated.
Hydrogen Peroxide: Hydrogen peroxide works wonders when curing colds. Colds usually enter in through our ears and we probably feel a lot of pressure in our ears when we have colds. Simply take a straw and fill it with hydrogen peroxide, by placing your finger on one end of the straw, while the other is in the hydrogen peroxide. Lay on one side of your body and pour a little bit of hydrogen peroxide into your ear. The hydrogen peroxide will start to bubble and you will feel relief. After you have sat for about 10-15 minutes, do the same method in the other ear.
Chicken Noodle Soup: Any type of soup will release the mucus from your nose, similar to the way the steam works. Also, chicken noodle soup is one of the best types of soup you can choose because it contains chicken which has cysteines in them, a natural way to thin mucus and help you feel better. Chicken noodle soup also provides you with the nutrients you need to feel better. Homemade soup is the best as you can use fresh vegetables and homemade natural chicken, that you know is fresh from your local meat market. Canned soup can have a lot of artificial ingredients in it that can actually be harmful for your body.
Spicy Food: Spicy food can open up any blocked passages that you may have. People who have a stuffy nose are often amazed with the way that spicy food clears them up. Actually, capsaicin is found in peppers and that is one of the ingredients used in over the counter cough syrups.
Time: This is probably not one of the points you want to hear, but time always cures colds. Colds usually last 3-7 days and then your immune system takes a leap and you are on your way to feeling better again. Many people simply do not want to wait, but if your body is normally healthy, you just need to give it time to start feeling better again. While you are just giving your cold time, be sure to rest and not overdo it. Resting and letting your body heal is extremely important if you want to get rid of your cold naturally. Vigorous exercise and heavy house cleaning could put a stop to your healing time.
If you are extremely sick, you may want to see a doctor. Having a high fever, vomiting and loss of appetite can be dangerous to your health. If you are not fond of taking medicine, talk to a doctor and see what other option that they can suggest.
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