Do you suffer from colds all throughout winter?
Are you the only one in your family to catch the flu every year?
Winter is here and there’s no escaping getting sick.
What is the Common Cold?
Colds are caused by 2 viruses: the coronavirus ( which belongs to a large family of viruses causing several illnesses in people from the common cold to Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome or SARS) and rhinovirus (a common viral infective agent in people, which happens to be the root cause of most common colds.
If you have children in school, prepare for an infestation of virus’s and colds to take over your household. Children are at greater risk of getting colds because they haven’t yet built up immunity to most colds.
But don’t think because you’re an adult you won’t get sick. Healthy people still get colds and even the flu. Why is this?
The biggeset culprit to getting a cold is improper hand washing. Have you washed your hands since being home? A good rule of thumb is, if you’ve been outside, make washing your hands the first thing you do after removing your coat and shoes.
What are the Symptoms of A Typical Cold?
- Continuous sneezing
- Blocked nose or running nose
- Sore throat
- Dry Couch
- Mild fever
If you’re lucky, you’ll start getting your body ready to fight colds in the fall. Besides eating healthy and making sure you monitor your stress at work, there home remedies you can make easily and quickly in the comfort of your home. Here are 6 powerful home remedies for the common cold that you can make.
- Turmeric and Milk: Turmeric is considered a power spice for many ailments. It has anti-inflammatory and antibiotic properties. It’s considered one of the best spice to use in treating the common cold. To make a cold-fighting drink, mist 1 tsp of turmeric powder in a glass of milk two times a day. Continue drinking this mix until you start to feel better.
Note: Pregnant women, people with gall bladder problems and gastro esophageal reflux disorder should consult a doctor before having turmeric.
- Raw or Local Honey and Ginger: Local or raw honey and ginger is a great soothing combination to help relieve a sore throat. Gingerol is what’s in ginger and it’s a natural cough suppressant, which blocks the production of substances causing bronchial congestion and stuffiness. Honey is great for reducing and alleviating your cough. Put a tsp of raw or local honey (can be purchased at a farmer’s market or any local store) with half a tsp of ginger juice (chop up a piece of ginger root and press a spoon to it. Some liquid should come out) in your tea .
Note: Do not give honey to children under 1 year of age.
- Carom Seeds: Want an easy way to help your stuffy nose? Take a tsp of crushed carom seed powder. Put it in a piece of cheesecloth or tissue and tie in a bundle. Hold it up to your nose and smell. This will help clear the nasal blockage caused by the common cold.
- Warm Compress: A warm compress on your forehead and nose is also a great way to ease the pain of headaches, which often come with a cold or flu.
- Essential Oils (Eucalyptus or Peppermint Oil): A quick way to relieve your nasal congestion is to use essential oils. Take a pot of hot water and put 1-2 drops of eucalyptus or peppermint oil into it. Drape a towel or cloth over your head and inhale the steam deeply for 30 seconds. Repeat it if necessary until you can breathe easier.
Note: Place your face a bit high above the pot to avoid burning your face by the hot steam.
- Horseradish or Gingerroot: Another home remedy for the stuffy nose is to eat a little bit of horserashish or gingerroot. Make sure to have this with a meal, or you might have an upset stomach.
Don’t feel like you have to down several OTC products to feel better. Using a natural approach to treating the common cold is a safe and better way than being in a haze all day.
What’s great about this is you can also use these remedies for children. As long as you consult your doctor, you should have no problem giving these to your child when they aren’t feeling well.
Have you been sick lately? What do you do when you have the cold?