Wellness Wednesday on Empty Streets: Home Remedies - Colds

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It is definitely that time of the year again for people to get sick with the flu. Most people would rely on the prescription drugs available at the counter in any pharmacy and hope that it kicks in pretty quickly. Now I do not have anything against that kind of thinking however, there can be only so much medication our bodies can take and sometimes it is still better not to mention more practical to start looking for the cure at our own home. You would be surprised at how easy, efficient and not to mention cheap to try and you'd be amazed at how effect it can be. It can also work hand in hand with the prescribed medications one has been receiving.

Here are some of the things that I myself do to help get over a bad cold:

Using Lemon

Vitamin C-rich lemon juice increases body resistance, decreases toxicity and reduces the duration of the illness. One lemon should be diluted in a glass of warm water, and a teaspoon of honey should be added to it. This should be taken once or twice daily.

Using Garlic

Garlic soup is an old remedy to reduce the severity of a cold, and should be taken once daily. The soup can be prepared by boiling three or four cloves of chopped garlic in a cup of water. Garlic contains antiseptic and antispasmodic properties, besides several other medicinal virtues. The oil contained in this vegetable helps to open up the respiratory passages. In soup form, it flushes out all toxins from the system and thus helps bring down fever. Five drops of garlic oil combined with a teaspoon of onion juice, and diluted in a cup of water, should be drunk two to three times a day.

Using Ginger

About ten grams of ginger should be cut into small pieces and boiled in a cup of water. It should then be strained and half a teaspoon of sugar added to it. This concoction should be drunk warm. Ginger tea, prepared by adding a few pieces of ginger into boiled water before adding the tea leaves, is also an effective remedy for colds and for fevers resulting from cold. It may be taken twice daily.

Using Turmeric

Turmeric is an effective remedy for colds and throat irritations. Half a teaspoon of fresh turmeric powder mixed in 30 ml of warm milk, and taken once or twice daily, is a useful prescription for these conditions. Turmeric powder should be put into a hot ladle. Milk should then be poured in it and boiled over a slow fire. This mixture should then be drunk by the patient. In case of a running cold, smoke from the burning turmeric should be inhaled. It will increase the discharge from the nose and provide quick relief.

Using Tamarind and Pepper

Dilute 50 mg tamarind in 250 ml of water. Boil the diluted tamarind water for a few minutes with a teaspoon of hot clarified butter and half a teaspoon of black pepper powder. This steaming hot rasam has a flushing effect, and should be taken three times a day. As one takes it, the nose and eyes water and the nasal blockage is cleared.

Using Vitamin C

Regular intake of vitamin C-75 mg for adults and 35 mg for children-will prevent the common cold. If, however, a cold has already appeared, large doses of this vitamin will relieve the symptoms and shorten its duration. Take one to two grams (1000 mg to 2000 mg) per day. Swallow one or two 500mg tablets of vitamin C at the appearance of the first sign of the cold and continue the treatment by taking one to two 500 mg tablets daily.

Remedies for Stuffy Nose

Inhale turmeric fumes by tying some turmeric in a clean cloth and light it. Boil some water and allow it to cool, now add ¼ teaspoon table salt to it. Put 2 to 3 drops of this solution in both the nostrils before meals and going to bed. Mix natural apple cider vinegar and water in equal parts. Boil this solution in a pan, when the fumes rises lean over the pan and inhale the fumes. Prepare a solution using 4 drops of Lavender Essential Oil and Pine Essential Oil, 3 drops of Peppermint Essential Oil and 7 drops of Eucalyptus Essential Oil. Inhale vapors of this solution by putting it on a cotton ball or an aromatherapy diffuser.

Here is a video playlist of other Home cures and remedies to help you out as well. You can also expect that we shall be having more home remedies for other specific ailments moving forward.

Also please remember if symptoms still persist consult a doctor

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8 comment(s) to... “Wellness Wednesday on Empty Streets: Home Remedies - Colds”


Zen Ventures said...

These are definitely helpful tips! The flu season is definitely amidst us. My daughter is actually sick with the usual Winter-induced cold. Crazy! Thanks for sharing this and thank you for following my blog! I do appreciate it! :)

Mizé said...

Hi Metz.
Good tips!
I didn´t know about the fresh turmeric powder, living and learning :)
My homemaid tip for flu is hot lemon tea with two spoons of a good honey. It really helps.
A good Thursday xx

Mariuca said...

Hi Metz, thanks for the tips! I'm still sneezing and coughing here but am feeling much better since the weekend YAY! :):):)

Kim said...

touch wood Metz...
but I haven't had a cold in ages and I drink fresh juice every morning with a big chunk of fresh ginger...
which is also excellent for keeping you calm :)

Monica said...

It's flu season! so don't get the flu Metz ;-)

Empty Streets said...

Hi Guys,

whew it has been a rather hectic holiday season this year. And I have to admit the reason why i posted this article is because I have the sniffles too hehehehe :) AM so glad that I got to help people out too as I help myself out as well. :) lots of hugs everyone :)

Crissy said...

such a bunch of helpful tips for moms like me ;) TC!

Empty Streets said...

Hi Crissy,

aww am so glad you found these tips helpful :) I just thought of doing this since I myself have a cold right now hehehe :) hopefully you wont need these tips so much ;)

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