When it comes to having a cold, it seems like there is no cure in sight. There are many over the counter products that may relieve the symptoms. But some of us may prefer to feel better the natural way.
Here are 8 tips to help you treat your cold the natural way
- Get some rest
Rest is one of the most important point which is often overlooked when you’re sick. We rush around thinking that we can function normally. Resting helps you build your immune system and can help shorten the cold as your body fights off the infection.
- Have a steamy shower
The steam from a hot shower can loosen phlegm and get rid of mucus that could be causing a cough or sore throat. Adding eucalyptus oil to in the air will make the steam more effective and can help you breathe more easily. A hot shower can also relieve other body aches associated with a cold.
- Drink warm ginger tea
There are a number of beneficial natural properties in ginger. Ginger is contains anti-inflammatory properties that can help boost the immune system. It also acts as a decongestion that helps ease cold symptoms.
Here is a simple recipe
- 1 tablespoon of fresh grated ginger
- 2 cups of water
- 1 tablespoon of honey
- ½ lemon juiced
Boil the water, add the ingredients together and let it steep for 10 minutes.
- Blow your nose gently
When you’re sick your mucus linings goes into overdrive as it tries to remove the pathogen from your body. This is why we have a runny nose with colds and flus. Blowing your nose too hard can damage the lining of your nose. Blow your nose gently to remove the mucus. If necessary, use a saline solution to irrigate the nose first before blowing your nose.
- Gargle your throat
Gargling can help relieve sore throat temporarily as it moistens the throat. Try a teaspoon of salt water in warm water four times a day. You could also try apple cider vinegar mixed with honey. To make this, mix ¼ cup of apple cider vinegar and ¼ cup of honey together. Gargle 1 tablespoon four times a day. Honey should not be given to children under 1 year of age.
- Drink plenty of water
When you are sick, you may not feel like eating or drink anything. Your body, however, requires a minimum amount of water each day to function normally and clear toxins --- regardless of whether you're sick or well. Drink at least 1.5-2 litres of water a day to keep hydrated.
If you are experiencing a fever, it may lead you to further dehydration as a fever causes you to lose body water. The dehydration may worsen your fever, further exacerbating the dehydration. This cycle breaks when you rehydrate yourself.
- Elevate your pillow when sleeping
Try sleeping with an extra pillow under your head to drain the mucus from your nose. Breathing more freely will help you get a better nights rest which inturns helps with recovery.
- Eat well
Healthy eating is probably the last thing on your mind when you a have a cold or flu. A good nutrition can help the body fight the infection. Go with fruits and vegetables rich in Vitamin C such as blueberries, oranges, guava, apples and plenty of green vegetables.
If you feel the condition worsens significantly, consult your doctor as it can evolve into something more serious.