Cold remedies are almost as common as the common cold, but are they effective? Nothing can cure a cold. But some remedies might help ease your symptoms and keep you from feeling so miserable. Here’s a look at some common cold remedies and what’s known about them.
To relieve your stuffy nose: hydrate yourself
Drink plenty of water – at least eight 250 ml glasses per day – to keep your mucous membranes moist and relieve various symptoms of the common cold, including dry eyes. Fluids also help thin the mucus and therefore make it easier to expel.
Also in order to thin out mucus, make sure that the air in your home is sufficiently humid and warm, and that the rooms are well ventilated. In your bedroom, set up bowls of water near heat sources or run the humidifier.
To relieve your stuffy nose: mustard bath
Soak your feet in a mustard bath. In a bowl, mix 1 tablespoon of mustard powder in 1 liter of hot water. Mustard has the effect of diverting blood to the feet, which relieves congestion.
To relieve your stuffy nose: steam
Boil some water and pour it into a large bowl. Cover your head with a towel and inhale the steam through your nose for five to ten minutes. Keep your face away from the water, as this may burn your skin or inhale hot vapors.
To relieve your stuffy nose: thyme and eucalyptus
To increase the effectiveness of your steam bath, add five to ten drops of thyme or eucalyptus essential oil to the water. Keep your eyes closed when inhaling the vapor, essential oils, and the vapor that may irritate your eyes.
You can replace essential oils by putting a pinch of thyme and a pinch of fresh eucalyptus in a bowl of boiling water. Keep your head over the bowl for at least ten minutes, trying to breathe deeply.
To relieve a dry cough or sore throat: mustard poultice
Apply a mustard poultice to relieve chest congestion. Pass three tablespoons of mustard seeds in a mill, add water to form a paste and spread this mixture on your chest.
The pungent aroma of mustard helps unclog sinuses while the heat improves circulation and relieves congestion. Do not keep the poultice for more than 15 minutes, as it may burn your skin. You can apply some paraffin gel on your chest before putting on the poultice to protect your skin.
To relieve a dry cough or sore throat: leek syrup
Cook 150 g (1/3 lb) of leek leaves in a quart of water for half an hour. Add the same amount of honey or sugar to the cooking juice. Bottle. Drink 2 tablespoons of it at the time of coughing fits.
To relieve a dry cough or sore throat: black radish syrup
You will need black radish, caster sugar, a colander, and a bottle. Cut the vegetable into thin slices without peeling it. Place the slices in a colander with a bowl underneath. Sprinkle them with sugar. You need the same weight of sugar as radish. Leave to drain for 2 hours. Collect the juice obtained and put it in the bottle. Take 2 tablespoons during coughing fits.
To relieve a dry cough or sore throat: gargle
Dissolve a teaspoon of salt in a glass (250 ml) of lukewarm water and gargle with this mixture. Salt really relieves pain. Or gargle with lukewarm water with a few drops of lemon juice. This will create an acidic environment which is hostile to bacteria and viruses.
To relieve a dry cough or sore throat: hot drink
For a sore throat and cough, what better than a good, hot and tasty drink made with fruit syrup or lemon juice and honey. “They will relieve coughs and sore throats by stimulating the production of saliva,” says Dr Ron Eccles of Cardiff University. Honey has the advantage of being harmless to children one to six years old. “Babies under one year of age are not given honey because of the risk of botulism.”
To relieve a dry cough or sore throat: peppermint oil
Peppermint oil has been a valuable aromatic booster for centuries. Stirring a few drops of this oil in a bowl of hot water and inhaling the vapors can help decongest the nasal and bronchial passages.
To relieve the onset of angina: a poultice of peppered leek
Angina is an acute inflammation of the throat caused by infection, also called pharyngitis. Try the copiously peppered leek poultice. Apply a large compress to your throat covered with a good layer of still lukewarm cooked leeks. Hold with a scarf and let sit for at least 10 minutes.
Rubbing with this decongestant ointment stimulates the respiratory tract and makes it easier to breathe when you are sick. Plus, the pleasant aroma leaves the skin feeling warm and soothing.
Have you been suffering from cold symptoms for a week now, and suspect an infection has lodged in your bronchial tubes, sinuses, or middle ear? In this case, consult a doctor.
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