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.
Common Cold Symptoms
- Runny or stuffy nose.
- Itchy or sore throat.
- Sneezing .
- Watery eyes.
- Cough from mucus running down the throat.
- Congestion and popping in the ears.
- Mild body aches or headache.
- Low-grade fever.
- Lack of appetite.
- Tiredness and irritability.
Home Remedies for Common Cold
- 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 for Common Cold
- 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 for Common Cold
- Avoid sugar.
- Do not smoke, and avoid smoky environments.
- Avoid meat, fish, eggs and starchy foods.
- 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.