Home Remedies for Cold and Cough

Sep 10, 2019

One of the most irritating health conditions anyone could have is a cold or cough. It could be such an embarrassing scene to find oneself sneezing or coughing repeatedly within a short time. So, if you don’t want to completely bank on the doctor’s prescription to get rid of that cold and cough, here are very simple home therapies you could perform to relieve your situation quickly. Learning the natural ways to handle or manage a health condition is always a first aid treatment, especially these common diseases that you can find just around you.

Why do I feel so terrible this morning? Do I have a Cold?

You probably know that sickly feverish feeling, often accompanied by sneezing, sniffing and sometimes headache, more often noticed in the morning. This is a simple way of diagnosing a cold. A cold is an infection of the nose and in the throat, caused by different types of viruses. It is an airborne disease and usually contracted through contact with contaminated surfaces or persons with it.
Compared to Flu, the common cold is generally harmless and its symptoms such as a runny nose, nasal congestion, and sneezing usually stop within a week or two. However, if more severe symptoms, especially in children, occur, it is advised that you contact a doctor as this could lead to seizures if not handled urgently.

Get quick relief for that Cold – Home therapies for Cold

You wouldn’t be as vibrant and energetic as you usually are when you have a cold, and that weakness of the body could really limit what you can achieve in an already scheduled day. So, these are quick home therapies you can do to relieve your condition and regain yourself for a successful day:

Warm Salt Water treatment for nasal congestion
Salt-water therapy helps to open a stuffy nose. Here's a popular recipe: A quarter teaspoon of salt mixed with a quarter teaspoon of baking soda in 8 ounces of warm water. Get a little spray bottle to help you squirt the water into your nose. Then close one nostril firmly while squirting the salt water into the other nostril and tilt your head upwards for few seconds and then let it drain out. Repeat two to three times for each of the nostrils.

Drink Hot Liquids
You might also want to consider taking a hot tea 3 to 4 times a day. This would help to restore your body temperature and relieve your nasal congestion. Your nose may start running when you drink, but that’s okay since the tea keeps your respiratory track open and free.

Take a Steamy Shower
Taking a steam bath could help your body relax and regain energy while keeping your nasal passage open and free.

Take spicy meals
A bowl of hot spicy chicken soup or a spicy noodle is just as good as the doctor’s order. However, you might want to be careful with the pepper intake, as this may be very dangerous if you have not been used to it before now.

Sleep with Pillow Under Your Head
Keeping your head elevated will help to keep your nasal passages open. Try not to make the angle too high or use a very high pillow so as to avoid having neck pain.

Keep yourself warm and take some rest
Ensure not to leave your body exposed when you have a cold. Wear comfy clothes that give warmth and can help you relax. Also, short rests at intervals would conserve energy your body needs to combat the cold.

Blow the mucus out
When you have a cold, often times, try to blow out the mucus, rather than sniffing them in or swallowing them. Gently blow one nostril which closing the other, but do not blow hard to avoid transferring the germs to your ears.

Stop the nuisance, treat that Cough

Cough, that sudden, reflex action with a forceful cracking sound to release air and sometimes liquid particles to clear irritation in the throat or airway. The most common causes of cough is an infection in the respiratory tract caused by a cold or flu. It can be more frequent than usual depending on the severity of the condition. Most of the times, cough clears up within two weeks or at least improve. If you have a cough that hasn’t improved during this time, see a doctor because it can be a symptom of other serious diseases and requires urgent medical supervision.
People use a range of natural remedies to combat cough, a few of them are as follow:

1. Honey tea
This has been a long tradition for relieving cough. Take a tablespoon of honey 3 times a day or put 1 to 2 spoons into your hot tea and drink. Honey has no side effects and is highly beneficial for people with heart problems or diabetes. However, do not administer it to babies, as their immune system ( foods for immune system) may not be able to handle it.

2. Ginger
Ginger is highly medicinal for treating not only cough but high blood pressure, obesity, excess blood sugar, and many others. You can add it to your tea, juice or boil in water and drink. Ginger  (Foods for Cold)  got anti-inflammatory properties that can ease an asthmatic or dry cough. It can also help to relieve from pain and nausea.

3. Fluids
Staying hydrated is important for relieving cough or cold, preferably when hot. It can help to reduce the frequency of cough and cold symptoms.

4. Steam
A steam bath can help to alleviate wet cough.  After the bath, you might want to consider staying a little while in the steam, to help clear your airways.

6. Salt-water gargle
Mix salt in warm water and gargle several times each day until the cough improves. This is a great relief for wet cough, sore throat, and cold. However, do not administer to young children to avoid them swallowing it.

There are a few fruits and spices such as Pineapple which contains bromelain with anti-inflammatory and mucolytic properties that help to break down mucus in the body, thyme, lime, bitter kola nuts (commonly used in Nigeria for treating cough), bitter leaf, etc.

Like I always say, you can follow self-natural steps to sustain balanced health which, sometimes, cannot be achieved with a doctor’s prescription. Learning to take charge of your health is very important. So, start managing your cold and cough with these simple and natural ways today and the most interesting thing about them is that you can do these from almost anywhere.

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