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Remedies for Common Cold


Cold is a common illness which is caused to most of us with the change in weather. However, common cold can be treated easily using home remedies. Read on to know more about the signs, symptoms and remedies for treating common cold.


Common cold, as the name suggests, occurs more often than any other diseases. It is actually caused by viruses and in an infection of nose and throat. Usually the infection lasts for 5 to 10 days. However the situation may vary from person to person. It mostly affects the nose but can also extend to ears and affect sinuses and bronchial tubes. It is quite common in school going children as the infection spreads from one person to another.


Symptoms of Common Cold

  • Sneezing
  • Running nose
  • Watering of eyes
  • Congestion in nasal track
  • Body pain and symptoms of fatigue
  • Cough
  • Itching in throat or sore throat
  • Headache
  • Fever less than 102 degrees


Remedies for Common Cold

  • Keep the body warm especially the chest, throat, feet and head. Sweating is good.
  • Lime is very useful in common cold. It has Vitamin C that is beneficial for cold with fever also. Take limejuice in warm water and add a teaspoonful of honey to it. This is an ideal remedy for common cold.
  • Mix onion juice with garlic oil and dilute it with water. Drink this solution as many times a day as you can. Garlic soup is also helpful and should be taken once a day.
  • Boil few pieces of ginger in a cup of water. Strain the mixture and drink it hot adding half teaspoonful of sugar. You can also drink ginger tea. It is also useful in soothing your throat and curing common cold.
  • Cut few ladyfingers into pieces and boil it in water. Inhaling the steam relieves irritation in throat and dry cough.
  • Turmeric is also considered as an effective remedy for common cold and cough. Add a teaspoonful of turmeric to a glass of warm milk and drink once or twice daily. This is a proven natural remedy for cold.
  • Prepare hot packs for head and chest.
  • A hot water bath is suggested of the person suffering from common cold. This will relieve nose and chest congestion.
  • Some of the yogasanas are very helpful in common cold. Shalabhansana, bhujangasana and dhanurasana are very effective in common cold.
  • Add two milligrams of asafetida roasted to a glass of warm milk and drink this at least two times a day.
  • Mix powdered black pepper to curd and add some jaggery to it. Eat this mixture in the morning and evening. This is one of the proven home remedies for common cold.


Foods to Avoid and What to Take

The food and activities that should be avoided in common cold are

  • Cold drinks and cold food items
  • Milk products like yogurt, cheese, cream and others
  • Fried foods
  • Sweet fruit juices
  • Meat
  • Nuts
  • Sleeping during day time
  • Taking cold shower
  • Exposure to cold winds, air conditioner
  • Pastries

Taking these food items is good in common cold

  • Vegetable soup
  • Garlic soup
  • Ginger tea
  • Hot milk with pieces of crushed ginger
  • Herbal tea
  • Steamed or boiled vegetables

Common cold is not a serious problem but it makes the suffering person feel extremely sick. If you take care of these suggestions and keep in mind the above points, you will see that the cold is cured and you have minimum pain and soreness.

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Kalpita.8 years ago
You should drink hot and spicy soup for treating your cold. Soup helps to drain all the cold and makes you feel better. I prefer to eat hot and spicy tomato soup for coping with cold. All kinds of soups are better for coping with cold. Especially in rainy season I enjoy having soup for treating cold.
 
 
 
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It is nice to find these remedies for treating cold. It is very useful when medicines cannot be accessed easily. The simplest remedy to cope with common cold is drinking ginger tea. It is a very good remedy for coping with common cold. It is a natural remedy and anybody can try this remedy. Ginger tea has got an amazing taste and I like ginger flavour very much.
 
 
 
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Soma.8 years ago
These remedies are good for getting quick relief from cold. These are very good suggestions to cope with cold. These remedies are very simple and good. Especially the ginger tea is very good. Sometimes I also use lemon grass tea which gives instant relief from cold. You should try boiling lemon grass with turmeric, clove and milk for getting quick relief from cold.
 
 
 
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