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Common Cold

Common cold can be caused by more than 200 different viruses and is highly contagious. Symptoms of a cold are sneezing, blocked or runny nose, reduced sense of taste and smell, a sore throat, a dry cough, headache, and mild fever. Children are more susceptible because they have not built up immunity to cold viruses. A cold usually lasts from three to ten days. Natural remedies can help to boost your resistance to these viruses.

Home Remedies
  • Ginger: Take ten grams of ginger and cut into small pieces and then boil in a cup of water. Strain it and add half a teaspoon of sugar. This decoction should be drunk when hot.
  • Lemon and Honey: Dilute one lemon in a glass of warm water, and add a teaspoon of honey. Drink once or twice daily.
  • Cinnamon: It is an excellent warming herb, and can be added to food and drinks to ease symptoms.
  • Honey: Eat fresh honey or add honey to herbal teas which will encourage healing and prevent secondary infections.
  • Turmeric: Add half a teaspoon of fresh turmeric powder in 50 ml of milk and boil over a slow fire. Drink this milk once or twice daily.
  • Garlic: Eat garlic flakes daily which will discourage the onset of a cold and will also work to reduce fever.
  • Honey and cinnamon: Take one tablespoons of honey and 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon powder thrice a day.
Do's
  • Try steam inhalation with a few drops of eucalyptus oil or vicks to clear a stuff nose.
  • Drink hot liquid such as herbal teas and clear soups.
  • Get extra rest.
Don’ts
  • Avoid sugar.
  • Do not smoke, and avoid smoky environments.
  • Avoid meat, fish, eggs and starchy foods.
See Doctor
  • Cold persist for more than 10 days.
  • Earache or face pain or greenish yellow discharge.
  • Develop a severe sore throat or high fever, or cough up yellow or green mucus.
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