Winters are at their peak at many places and bring along with them cold, cough and other “wintery” infections. We all do stock a lot of medicines for running nose, continuous cough etc, but these infections do not spare any of us. However, piling up on medicines one after the other might have many ill effects on our system in the long run. So, it is, indeed better to follow some home remedies to get rid of the common cold and cough infections. That is because, these remedies are natural and prove to be beneficial to our body as they tend to control the production of the mucus that increases excessively and boost our immune system. And the best part about these home remedies is that, the ingredients required are easily available in your kitchen. Following are the top 10 home remedies that work wonders to fight the cold or keep it at bay.
10. Carrot Juice
Better safe than sorry! Carrot juice is not a much known remedy but reaps a lot of benefits in terms of your health. It not only fights cold and cough but also has some enzymes which help increase the immunity of the system to fight such infections.
Honey is believed to be the Holy Grail product in India which is being used since ages and will be used for ages to come. The anti-oxidants in honey help in controlling the cough and soothe the throat, which leads to undisturbed sleep at night. Mixing a spoon of honey with a spoon of lemon in a cup of warm water and sipping it gradually has been found to be beneficial to many.
8. Herbal Teas:
Herbal teas like green tea, chamomile tea and ginger tea have innumerable health benefits to provide, when suffering from cold, runny nose etc. They possess a magic anti-oxidant called EGCG (Epigallocatechin gallate) whose primary role is to stop the bacteria from replicating itself. It also increases power of our body to resist these infections by improving and strengthening the immune system to fight these infections. The polyphenols and flavonoids aim to boost our immune system. So, it is a healthy habit to take a cup of warm water and dip in it any of the herbal tea and sip away with joy!
The oldie in our great grandmother’s handbook, turmeric is the oldest spice in our country used by many civilizations that came before us. It is still used widely to treat injuries. There exists a compound called “Curcumin” which has many anti-inflammatory properties which helps in clearing chest congestion and clearing the cough and throat. It is a very effective anti-bacterial spice that fights away the infections, bacteria and indeed, the cough and cold. One must take a pinch of turmeric and mix it well and some warm water and drink it every night to benefit from it.
This is also an old flavorful spice used in Asia from a very long time, for cooking purposes. It is still considered to be of a very beneficial value. It has some natural warming properties that help in treating colds and cough. The irritation and itching caused in the throat can be very annoying; however, sipping cinnamon tea can heal and soothe the problem. To make it most effective, mix honey and cinnamon in the ration 2:1 and take it 3-4 times a day for a few days.
Talking about home remedies and missing out on garlic seems impossible. Known for its anti-viral, and anti-bacterial properties, it is believed to be the most effective in getting rid of stubborn coughs and clearing the chest congestion. These properties are due to the presence of a compound called “Allicin” that gives garlic its strong flavor. To get rid of coughs using garlic, one must crush 5-7 cloves of garlic and eat them, raw.
Ginger is believed to be one of the best Ayurvedic treatments till date and its use has been dated back to many centuries that came before us. It was used for ailments, big or petty, like cough, chest congestion and even bronchitis. The key compound called “Ajoene” is the major reason why ginger is believed to be the king of the kitchen. It helps in fighting and preventing the bacteria, and other viruses. One must take ginger tea at night by boiling some water and adding an inch or two of grated ginger, with 2 spoons of honey, sip it and let it do the magic to the throat. This should be repeated for 4-5 days to relieve the throat and cough.
4. Gargle Treatment:
Unless you’re living under a rock, you’d know that salt water gargle is a tried and tested treatment for cough and cold, being used right from our ancestor’s time. To get the instant relief from the hurting throat, running nose, one must mix some warm water and add salt it. Gargle with that solution at least 5-7 times, twice a day. Repeat the process for 2-3 days for permanent relief.
3. Oranges and lemon:
Believe it or not, but vitamin C is believed to be a universally accepted remedy for treating common cold and cough. Citrus fruits such as lemons and oranges are packed with this nutrient that helps build up and better the body’s defense mechanism that help fight bacteria. Lemon and orange help in thinning of the mucus and clear the chest congestion. However, to reap the benefits, squeeze the juice of fresh oranges instead of packaged ones and drink it all. Or, take 1 spoon of lemon juice with honey and mix it in warm water and sip that. This will work well for chest congestion and digestive system too.
“Tulsi”, as we Indians call it, has been of utmost religious significance to the Hindus of India, and has been used for treating major and minor ailments as it is believed to be a very effective medicine since ages. Basil is believed to have some anti bacterial properties, so strong that it can heal problems like, fever, malaria, and common cold and cough. It helps in clearing the respiratory system and hence, the throat. To use it effectively, boil the leaves of tulsi in water and sip the water, or keep the leaf on your tongue and suck it and not chew.
1. Hot Water:
The most underrated method to get relief from cold and cough is sipping hot water throughout the day. Drinking hot water when suffering from a sore throat is a tested way to ease the irritation and better the condition. However, the method should be followed everyday so as to treat cold and cough, and also keep it at bay.