Simple Home Remedies to Kick Off the Common Cold

The cold season is here. Although a lot of us are excited for the cold season because it is the sign of the holidays, this also means that this is the season of sore throat, runny nose, stuffy nose, and common colds.

The common cold is a virus. This virus is not curable. When you catch a common cold, the virus attaches itself to the mucous membranes of the nose and throat. When the body tries to fight the virus, a symptom pops up in the form of coughing, sneezing, mild fatigue, sore throat, and congestion.

There are home remedies for colds. These remedies are aimed to ease the symptoms and help keep you more comfortable.

Hot Ginger Tea

Hot ginger tea is one of the best teas to sip when you are feeling stuffed up. This tea is delicious, warming, and has a hint of spice. Ginger tea contains capsaicin and piperine that provides numerous healing benefits. Ginger also contains gingerol that helps relieve congestion. It lessens the inflammation of the mucous membranes that line your nasal passages and sinus activity. Once the swelling goes down, the mucus can flow out of your body. Plus, this tea provides you with extra fluid in the body and the steam vapors help loosen up any congestion.

6 to 8 tablespoons of freshly grated ginger root
4 cups freshly boiled water
Cinnamon (optional)
Lemon juice (optional)
Honey (optional)

How to Make It:
1. Place the ginger in a 1 quart glass jar and sprinkle some cinnamon.
2. Carefully pour the freshly boiled water. Cover the jar and let it steep for 30 to 40 minutes.
3. Add honey and lemon, depending on your preference. Pour into individual cups. Drink this ginger tea three times a day.

Essential Steam

Another instant fix for your stuffy nose is using steam. This is a favorite remedy for people as it helps you breathe easier and dislodge congestion. You can also add essential oils such as tea tree oil, peppermint oil or eucalyptus. These essential oils contain anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties that fight off any virus in the body.

What You Need:
Boiling water
5 to 10 drops of essential oil
A heatproof bowl
A towel

How to Do It:
1. Place the essential oils in the bottom of the bowl and pour water.
2. Put your face over the bowl at a comfortable distance. Drape the towel over your head to trap all the steam and take deep breaths.
3. Repeat this 2 to 3 times daily.


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