Stay well during the colder months with these time-tested, simple home remedies to prevent a common cold, to make shorter the duration and get you feeling better instantly. A common cold is caused by a virus, and taking antibiotics doesn’t make any sense because they only kill bacteria.
While there are a lot of over-the-counter remedies available to soothe the symptoms of a common cold, nature offers safer and far better solutions.
We all know about the prevention: wash your hands often, load up on rich in vitamin C and immunity boosting foods, and exercise regularly. But there is something else that you can do to avoid a sore throat, cough, or a runny nose.
Here are six other sickness-preventing secrets.
Create some heat
The thing you need is a hot bath or shower. Viruses that cause a common cold don’t like the heat and if you keep your body warm they stop to multiply. You can also add cold fighting and immune boosting essential oils to your bathtub to increase the healing effect.
Additionally, you could try the hot water bottle to help loosen deep congestions and phlegm in the chest.
Gargle salt water
A salt-water gargle is recommended if you feel the first signs of a scratchy throat. To kill the sick-making germs and soothe a sore throat, put half a teaspoon salt in one cup of water and gargle. This procedure can be repeated several times a day until scratchiness disappears.
Swallow raw garlic
If you don’t mind to have a garlic breath and to sweat it out, eat or swallow raw garlic.
If you cannot tolerate garlic’s spiciness and taste, then you can try to go with the traditional garlic cure which is made up of garlic, honey, and lemon. Add one crushed clove of garlic to a cup of warm water with the juice of one lemon and one teaspoon of honey. Stir it and repeat this remedy two to three times a day until your symptoms disappear.
Most Health experts agree that for a speedy recovery you must stay hydrated. If you are suffering from blocked sinuses, all you need to breathe freely again is to add cayenne pepper and lemon juice to your glass of water.
Echinacea lozenges definitely reduce the severity of the symptoms and 10 to 20 percent smaller chances to catch a common cold have people who use it.
Go to bed early
They often say that sleep is one the best natural doctors.
Keep these tips and tricks in mind next time you get cold, and you won’t need over-the-counter drugs (OTCs) that can do more harm than good.