10 Natural Cold Remedies
Although the common cold can’t actually kill us, many of us completely shut down whenever we catch one.
Especially guys. Although guys might claim to be tough and macho, as soon as they catch a cold they fall to pieces.
“I’m dying!” they wail while blowing their nose for dramatic effect. “I can’t breathe!”
Admittedly, colds are awful. They leave you feeling tired and miserable, and prevent you from being at your best. Symptoms usually include headaches, coughs, runny noses, sore throats, aching muscles and bones and a high fever.
And while you should certainly never ignore the advice of your doctor, we’ve got 10 natural cold remedies right here that work a treat. Let’s take a look!
Has there even been more popular natural cold remedies? Probably not. My grandmother used to swear by chicken soup’s effectiveness. Whenever one of us got the cold as kids, she would run into the kitchen shouting “Chicken soup! Chicken soup!”
Okay, she wasn’t that dramatic, but you get the picture. She insisted that chicken soup was the only way to banish a cold.
And it’s true, chicken soup actually really works for treating the common cold. It’s packed with nutrients and vitamins that speed up the healing process. Better still, it tastes great.
You can buy chicken soup from a supermarket in either tinned or power form, but you can also make your own if you’re feeling up to it (or you can ask your mom!).
Dieticians and nutritionists say that we should aim to eat garlic at least once a week. Why? Because garlic stuffed with beneficial nutrients that keep us healthy.
Garlic can also save the day when you’ve go a cold. Thanks to its anti-viral and antibacterial properties, garlic boosts your immune system, flushes cold-ridden toxins out of your system, and opens up your narrowed respiratory passages.
For one of effective natural cold remedies, simply, mix together a crushed garlic clove with 1 teaspoon of honey, 2 teaspoons of lemon juice an half a teaspoon of cayenne pepper. Drunk each day until the cold goes away.
Alternatively, you can add raw garlic to your food and drinks each day.
Honey is definitely an acquired taste, and not everyone likes it. But as well as making for a fantastic substitute for sugar, honey also helps to kick a niggling cold.
Honey targets a sore throat, soothing things up so that it no longer feels like you’re swallowing razor blades. This is because nature’s greatest sweetener is stuffed with enzymes and nutrients that double down on bacteria and viruses.
The easiest way to make one of natural cold remedies is to mix together 2 teaspoons of honey with a single teaspoon of lemon juice. Drink this once every two hours for best (and immense) results.
Essential oils are also part of natural cold remedies, and they are amazing. In my house, essential oils are our first line of defence against pretty much any niggling physical ailment you can think of.
And they’re especially potent when it comes to treating the common cold.
There are many different types of essential oils available, but among the best are thieves, peppermint and eucalyptus oils. Dab them on your pyjamas before bed, diffuse them into the air, or add them to your bath.
Elderberries are wondrous. They taste divine and can cure a number of ailments. Unfortunately, not everyone is aware of their magic. This is a shame because if you eat more elderberries, you essentially optimise your health.
Elderberries contain very special chemicals which can reduce mucous membrane swellings – for example, sinuses. These chemicals can also eliminate nasal congestion and boost the strength of your immune system.
If you dislike eating whole elderberries, try elderberry juice instead.
People in the East have been relying on spice tea to alleviate symptoms associated with the common cold for a number of years now – and for good reason. It’s hugely effective and works quickly to eliminate bacteria from your body.
Making this remedy will take a bit of time, so you will need to rouse yourself from the comfort of your blanket for a good few minutes. It will be well worth it, though.
Grind and dry roast a handful of coriander sees, along with a pinch of fennel seeds and cumin, as well as small handful of fenugreek seeds.
Then, boil a cup of water before adding a half tbsp of your spice powder to one and a half tsp of candy rock.
Simmer for up to five minutes before adding 2 tbsp of milk and bringing to the boil.
Then, strain and sip before it cools.
Drink spice tea each day for best results.
Salt Water Gargle
Lots of people are wary of trying this one because swallowing salt water can be harmful. But gargling it can relieve a nasty sore throat almost instantly.
Ginger has marvellous benefits on our digestive system, but it also works its magic when the common cold swings around. This is because it is loaded with anti-inflammatory and anti-viral properties.
For one of the most effective natural cold remedies, all you need to do is eat raw ginger a few times each day.
If you don’t think you can stomach that, you can instead drink a few cups of ginger tea a day.
For better results, add a pinch of honey or lemon juice to the tea.
Cod Liver Oil
Cod liver oil was another trick my grandmother swore by. I always thought it sounded really old fashioned, but I still rely on it when I feel under the weather.
Cod liver oil is special because it’s rich in vitamin D, an essential vitamin which is otherwise hard to find via your diet. And when you’ve got a cold, your body needs more vitamin D to get your immune system back into shape.
A Better Diet
It goes without saying that eating better while you’ve got a cold will speed up the healing process. If you eat junk, it’s going to take you a whole lot longer to get better than it really should.
Optimal nutrition equals better health. It’s simple. So why wouldn’t you stuff your face with fruit and vegetables during your body’s hour of need? It’s counting on you. Don’t let it down!
What are your favorite natural cold remedies?
Stay happy and healthy!