Common Cold Home Remedies That Work

Stop your cold with common cold home remedies before it starts wrecking havoc. If your condition is already bad, the natural methods can still bail you out in few days so do not panic. However, if you notice a worsening situation, do not hesitate to contact your medical attendant.

When somebody catches cold we all hear people say “Uuuh! Stay away from me” or “just stay at home and don’t come to work until you are alright”. The next thing he or she does is to sneeze and most of us hold our breath for a while to prevent breathing the virus in but it may be too late.

Cold virus comes to the body through breathing, mouth, and any broken skin of the body. Our immune system raises the alarm and tries to fight it.

Sometimes it succeeds but if it is overwhelmed, the virus spreads to the entire body and manifests  sore like, flu-like feeling,s in the throat, sneezing, coughing all way round and headache problems,  etc.

Home remedies for cold

Early cold catch

If you are coming down with cold, get a glass of tomato juice and add 10 – 20 drops of hot cayenne pepper sauce to it. Drink it to alleviate the cold.

Special chicken soup

One of the easiest and potent common cold home remedies is hot chicken soup or broth. Add 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar, 1 crushed garlic clove, and some hot sauce to it and sip on it for relief.

Consider horseradish

Horseradish has allyl isothiocyanate that stimulates the nerve endings in the nose to flow. It also has anti-viral properties. When you catch cold, take a teaspoon of grated horseradish three times in a day to clear out your airways. You might want to spread it on a cracker to make it easier to go down.

Good garlic toast 

When you feel the cold coming, make a good warm toast, English muffin, or bagel, and spread some mashed raw garlic and honey over it. Eat it 2 or 3 times a day for good relief.

Poultice for foot

Add 3 or 4 drops of essential oils such as thyme, lavender, or eucalyptus, to 1 tablespoon of olive oil and apply it to your feet. Put on some clean socks and rest for relief.

Herbal steam remedy

A good facial herbal steam made up of 3 – 4 drops of thyme essential oil in a pot of hot water can help soothe your respiratory passages and alleviate laryngitis pain. Bend over the pot and cover your head with a towel and breathe in the vapors deeply.

Use sage oil for common cold treatment

Sage oil helps the skin to fight against any fungi, bacteria or viruses. It also makes sure the skin is healthy and soft. Combine the following common cold home remedies for treatment.

  • 8 ounces (1 cup) of dried sage
  • 2½ cups of soybean oil or extra virgin oil (which ever is cheaper for you).
  • Vitamin E 2000 IU

Pour the sage into the oil and heat it on the stove around 130 degrees Fahrenheit. Reduce the heat to low before it boils and let it stay warm on the stove for about 3½ hours. Stir it every 45 minutes and do not cover it. Remove from heat and set aside for about 20 minutes to cool.

Sieve it with muslin or any other good filter and make sure you catch all the oil needed. Add the E vitamin 2000 IU to it and pour it in a dark bottle tightly closed. 

Store away in a dark cupboard and use a little to smear you body after taking a good shower. Do this when the cold season is about to come and you will be ahead of the game. You can use this oil for a whole year.     

Rose hip oil for cold

These herbal combination of common cold home remedies, are very important for relief.

  • 4 ounces (1/2 cup) of rose hip
  • 4 ounces (1/2 cup) hawthorn berries
  • 4 ounces (1/2 cup) elder berries
  • Apple cider vinegar

Pour the above mentioned herbs into a dark container that can be closed with a plastic cover and add the vinegar to it to bring it to full level. You can use fresh herbs or dried herbs which ever is easier for you. Cover the bottle tightly and place it somewhere in a room temperature for 2 weeks.

After that you can pour about 3 to 4 teaspoons into warm water and drink it before you eat anything in the morning for your cold treatment. These common cold home remedies can last you for about 12 months.

The garlic soup remedy

One of the notable natural remedies for cold is garlic. Use the recommendation below.

  • 1 large onion
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 5 cups of water
  • ½ cup of brown rice

Place the onion and garlic in the pot of water and boil them for about an hour, then add the rice with a little natural seasoning to it to cook well. Drink it little by little until your cold goes away. It is good for bad chest colds and influenza.

The rough tea remedy

This combination of common cold home remedies can really be effective but not sweet to taste.  Choose any three of the following herbs to prepare a strong tea.

  • 1 sachet of lemon balm tea
  • 1 sachet of anise seed tea
  • 1 sachet of sage tea
  • 1 sachet of tumeric tea
  • 1 sachet of ginger
  • 1 sachet of thyme
  • 1½ cup of water

Boil the three sachets you have picked in the 1½ cup of water. Allow it to steep for about 5 minutes. When it cools down reasonably, you can sip on it for relief. This may not taste good because of its concentration but just sip a little bit at a time.

Vitamins-common cold home remedies

Vitamins E and C work together effectively to restrain cold and flu. Our immune system fights back to stop colds but in doing so it can breed some by-products that are toxic and can damage our cells. Some of the by-products include free radicals.

At this stage, the vitamins E and C rush in to protect the cells from being damaged and speed up healing. One of the best remedy for cold is vitamin however, it does not work well unless it is combined with good nutrition. It is also a slow process healer.

Thymus extract also helps out a lot. T cells are very significant virus destroyers in the body but they need help from hormones that can encourage their production. The Thymus extract therefore triggers the body to produce more hormones to achieve the purpose.  Consider taking the required dosage.

Other supplements to consider for healing include Echinacea, garlic, goldenseal and zinc.

Homeopathic treatment

When it comes to trying homeopathic remedies, it is advisable to be well informed by a knowledgeable medical practitioner in that sector before proceeding.

However the following common cold home remedies have worked for many people.

Allium Cepa: If your nose runs when you are outside from home or if you experience a painful discharge from your nose, you may consider this cold home remedy.

Nux Vomica: If you feel your chest is congested, or you are experiencing non-stop sneezing with a runny nose, then this remedy could be for you.

The juice care

Some particular fruit juices can be of great help here. Just combine them together in a blender and us it.

  • 1 quart 100% cranberry juice
  • 1 can of frozen lemonade
  • 1 small lime
  • 1/3 teaspoon of ginger
  • 2 tablespoon of honey

Pour the cranberry juice into a blender and add the can of frozen lemonade to it. Squeeze 1 lemon juice into it and add 1/3 teaspoon of ginger and honey to it. Blend and add crushed ice to it. Pour in a cup and sip with a straw for healing. It may not taste that great but it is known to be effective.

For general help

These simple common cold home remedies may go a long way in helping out.

Use alcohol based hand sanitizer: People move around a lot so during cold seasons carry with you a 60 percent alcohol sanitizer and use it to clean your hand especially after touching things that are commonly used by people such as the gas pump.

We all know about hand cleaning after using the wash room but do not depend on the hyped antibacterial soaps because they do not provide any special help than ordinary soap.

If you feel the cold coming, you may use a humidifier in your room with a quarter cup of apple cider vinegar added to the water.

With all the common cold home remedies mentioned, there should be abundance of resources to select from unless your situation  requires an emergency attention from the doctor.

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