The common cold is a respiratory tract infection. It usually affects people during the change in season. The Cold and Cough virus usually shows up the symptoms after one to three days. The symptoms of cold and cough vary from person to person. Commonly affected organs by this disease are larynx, trachea and bronchi.
Though the disease is not very serious and is curable, still when affects a person, it gives a lot of irritating conditions to deal with. Trying home remedies for cold and cough are the best thing to overcome those irritating symptoms like a runny nose, congestion, cough, sore throat, sneezing, body and headache etc.
Following is a list of best home remedies that will help you to control the symptoms:
Ginger roots are rich in vitamin C, magnesium and other minerals. It contains a compound Shagoal that is believed to kill the virus that causes cold. Ginger helps to loosen phlegm from the throat that gives relief during cold and congestion.
Grate half piece of ginger and put it into boiling water along with some lemongrass. When the water starts boiling, remove the saucepan from the flame and add honey to it. Stir the mixture well till honey gets dissolved. Now, strain lemongrass and ginger from the tea and serve. The tea tastes good and is a very effective home remedy for cold.
2. Honey and Cinnamon
Just like ginger cinnamon and honey is also rich in antioxidants. It helps to fight bacterial infection, fungal infection and microbial infections and boost up the immune system during cold. Honey helps to clear the mucus from the airway of the throat. Both when consumed together act as a boon for the cold.
Take lukewarm water and add honey and a pinch of cinnamon powder to it. It helps to fight cold and clears the sinuses.
Garlic contains a compound called “allin”. When garlic grated the compound allin coverts into “allicin”. Allicin contains sulphur. These compounds present in garlic helps to boost the immune system of the body. No doubt, these compounds are the one that helps in the cure of cold and cough.
You can consume garlic raw when suffering from cold and lozenge for 15 minutes. You can also mince garlic and add raw honey to it. Consume it whenever you want relief from cold.
Lukewarm water helps to reduce the inflammation in the throat during cold, cough and sore throat. It also helps to throw the infection out of the body and maintains the body temperature.
To keep your body hydrated you can also take juices or warm lemon water. Make sure not to take soda and hydrated drinks. Also, avoid coffee, alcohol and caffeinated drinks.
5. Apple Cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar along with lemon juice and a glass of water creates an alkaline environment in the body. The alkaline environment helps to kill the virus and bacteria in the body which leads to the cures of viral infection.
Turmeric is quite popular for its antibacterial and antiseptic property. You can add a pinch of turmeric to goat milk and boil. Cool down the milk and drink to cure your cold.
You can also prepare turmeric tea with honey and lemon. The tea tastes good and gives instant relief.
7. Gargle with salt water
This is very effective home remedy where you don’t have to consume anything. Take a glass of warm water and add a pinch of salt to it. Mix the salt well. Now gargle with this warm water for at least 7 to 8 times. You will feel the result instantly. This remedy helps in curing the congestion. This remedy is very popular to cure a cough of the throat.
8. Chicken soup
Having chicken soup gives your throat an amazing treatment when you are suffering from a cough. The warmth of the soup helps to loosen the mucus. The ingredients in the soup like ginger, black pepper, turmeric has an antibacterial property that helps you to heal your cold and cough. This can be the yummiest home remedy for you when you are knocked down by a viral infection.
Yogurt is very different from curd. Yogurt contains specific bacterial strain that is good for a person’s health. Good bacteria always help in keeping your body healthy. Many studies have revealed that probiotics are able to keep the respiratory tract healthy and out of any kind of bacterial or viral infection. The only thing that one should take care of is not to have the yoghurt directly from the fridge. Let the yoghurt come to the normal temperature before consuming.
10. Steam inhalation
Steam inhalation is another simple yet very beneficial way to cure your respiratory tract infection. Boil water and fill the steam inhalation bottle with warm water. Add Vicks VapoRub to the hot water. Take steam through your mouth for at least 5 to 6 times. Cover your head with a towel so that the vapour does not gets evaporated soon.
11. Coconut Oil
Coconut oil contains MCT (Medium Chain Triglyceride) which gets digested easily. These triglycerides have the ability to positively alter your metabolism. Having coconut oil daily boosts up your immune system. Lauric acid presented in the oil kills harmful pathogens that can cause infection to our body.
Having coconut oil in cold gives the instant cure. Take 2 tablespoons of edible coconut oil as soon as you see any flu or cold sign or symptom.
People in Australia always use eucalyptus to cure their respiratory tract infection. The antiseptic property of eucalyptus helps in curing the viral infection. For the cure, you can add some drop of eucalyptus oil to warm water and gargle with it. This will help you to ease your infected throat.
13. Oregano Oil
Oregano is a powerful oil that contains terpenes and carvacrol. These chemicals are very effective in fighting with bacteria, virus and other body infections. Consume 2 – 3 drops of Orgeano oil during cold. The Oil is though not tasty. It is recommended to have a glass of water handy to gulp as soon as you take the oil drops. Taking it 3 times a day will work to cure a cold.
Any kind of berries is rich source of antioxidants. Elderberry is a good heart stroke fighter. Along with keeping the heart healthy these Elderberry fruits also helps to cure the infection of upper respiratory tracts. The nutrients of these berries are directly absorbed by the blood vessels which gives fit and strong health.
To cure a cold, consume Elderberry first 48 hours of cold symptoms.
15. Green Tea
Green tea is considered as the healthiest drink on earth. It is the staple drink of Japanese. For those who are unaware, Japanese have the longest lifespan on this earth. It’s very effective to cure cold and congestion. If you do not have green tea regularly, we recommend you to start having it daily. It will keep you away from any kind of respiratory infection and also boost your immunity.
16. Olive Leaf
Extracts from olive leafs are well known to fight cancer, give energy, improve cardiac health and what not. The simplest way to consume olive leaf extract is by having the capsules available in the market. The extracts are also available in the form of tea.
One should have these capsules or tea daily in their diet. But if not, you must take it to cure your cold and cough.
Chlorella is blue-green algae. They come in form of tablets. The tablets are rich in chlorophyll, phytonutrients, and beta-carotene, phosphorous, potassium, magnesium, biotin, Vitamins A, C, E, complete vitamin B-complex and several amino acids. Chlorella increases the level of antibody in the human body. The tablets help to boost the immunity and keeps away from cold and respiratory infection.
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Cold and cough home remedies for kids and babies
Not all cold and cough home remedies can be given to babies and kids. The treatment of cold is different for babies.
Here are some cold remedies only for the babies:
Give a little honey to your baby when he has chest congestion. The honey helps to clean the chest congestion and also boost immunity.
2. Saline Drops
Giving Saline drops are also a quick and good home remedy for kids to cure the congestion of the cold. Give at least 2 to 3 times a day for better results.
Massaging your baby with mustard oil infused with garlic cloves also gives relief from cold. To prepare garlic infused massage oil, heat mustard oil and put crushed garlic cloves in it. Wait till the garlic clove gets lights brown. The crushed garlic clove should not go black. Wait till the oil comes at normal temperature. Massage your baby with this oil. The warming effect of oil and the antibacterial property of garlic helps in curing the congestion and cold.
AjwainKaadha is another best home remedy to cure babies suffering from cold. Do not give ajwainkaadha if you are giving any allopathic medicine to the baby. The ingredients used to prepare ajwainKaadha are:
One Clove, five or six black pepper, half teaspoon turmeric, one third cup jaggery, seven to eight basil leaves, dried ginger powder, one teaspoon ajwain and a half cup of water. Put all the ingredients in a vessel with a heavy bottom and boil for at least 10 minutes. When the quantity is reduced to three fourth strain the mixture and let it cool. Give one teaspoon of this mixture to your baby two times a day.
Tomato and garlic soups popularly known as rasam in south India is another tasty and useful home remedy for kids above 7 months of age. This soup also helps in strengthening the immune system of the baby.
6. Camphor induced coconut oil
Lukewarm coconut oil with a pinch of camphor also helps in curing a cold and cough in a baby. Massage your baby with this oil. This remedy helps in relieving body ache that occurs during cold.
7. Ginger coffee
If your kid is one year old or above you can try this magical coffee. Though it is called coffee you can prepare it without using coffee beans. It gives instant relief. But make sure you don’t give ginger coffee to babies below one year of age. Take 2 small slices of ginger, 2 basil leaves, 2 cardamoms, 2 cloves, one tablespoon jaggery, and a cup of water. Put the ingredients in water and boil. The coffee though tastes a bit fiery but it works like a wonder.
These were some best home remedies to fight against cold and cough. Now let us come to the foods needs to be avoided during the cold infection:
- Do not consume caffeinated drink like coffee
- Do not consume alcohol during cold
- Stay away from cold drinks and Sodas
- Do not smoke. People who smoke have more chances to catch cold and cough
- Do not eat foods that have high content of fat
- Do not consume hot and spicy food
- Do not consume white sugar and refined white flours
- Stay away from refined foods
Things to keep in mind:
- If cold and cough are persistent in your baby for more than 2 weeks consult your doctor immediately.
- Do not try the home remedy that requires the intake of oil, herb or medicine on babies below 6 years of age.
These were some home remedies to cure a cold in grown-ups and babies. Hope this helps you. Have a happy and healthy life.