When we think of winter, family meals, gifts and holidays come to mind right away. But it’s also the season of colds! The runny nose, the stuffy nose, and the fever: it’s really a hassle. If cold symptoms plague you, try these home remedies against cold methods. You will only treat your cold but in addition it will avoid you a visit to the doctor.
1. Drink regularly
When we have a cold, our nose is congested and our body is dehydrated. Regularly drink water or fruit juice to decongest your nose.
Drinking regularly will also avoid a dry throat and dehydration. As a general rule, drink 8 to 10 glasses of water a day when you have a cold. A standard glass contains 25 centilitres.
Favor water, fruit juices, and herbal teas. A good homemade soup will not hurt you either!
In contrast, avoid sodas and coffee. They have caffeine, which is a diuretic and will dehydrate you!
If your nose is congested or does not stop flowing, here’s how to prepare one of the best remedies : inhalation.
It could not be simpler, not even need to leave the house.
Boil some water in a saucepan. Lean your head over the vapors of the pan and breathe through your nose.
If the steam burns your nostrils, just breathe a little more slowly.
You can also cover your head with a towel. It will create a steam mini-tent over the pan. The vapors will have a beneficial effect that will moisten your nasal cavity and decongest it.
3. Blow your nose, but bloom!
The trick looks stupid, I know. But when you have a cold, it is very important to blow your nose regularly.
Otherwise, we sniff phlegm (snot) and it lands in our throat. Yuck! Be careful, I am surprised by the number of people who get hurt! If you blow yourself too hard, the pressure can carry microbes in your inner ear. You will have a sore ear as well as a cold. Here’s how to blow your nose properly: you have to make one nostril at a time.
Place one finger on one of your nostrils and exhale gently from the other nostril to relieve congestion.
4. Make your own nasal spray
Another very effective remedy is the nasal spray. You can always buy one in a pharmacy.
Or, take things in hand and make your own saline solution! Mix 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 baking soda in a glass of warm water.
Then fill an enema pear. If you do not have an enema pear, try using a needle-less syringe.
Lean your head back over the sink. Place one finger on one nostril to close it and gently pour the solution into the other nostril. Let irrigate and repeat 2-3 times per nostril. Be careful, to avoid exposing yourself to microbes, pay close attention to what you put in your nose! Here are some precautions for irrigations.
Use either demineralized water or boiled water that you will allow to cool. Do not forget to clean and air-dry your enema pear.
5. Rest in a warm place
When you have a cold, your body is attacked by a virus. It’s a real battle in your body, and it’s tiring! So, help your body and lie down under a good blanket! Rest and warmth will help your body concentrate its energy to defend itself.
6. Make mouthwash
Gargle with a solution of warm water and salt. It will moisten and relieve your throat.
Dissolve 1/2 teaspoon of salt in a glass of water and gargle 3-4 a day. If your throat is scratching you, try Grandma’s recipe.
A tablespoon of lemon juice and 1 teaspoon of honey in a glass of hot water. Let cool to room temperature. It gives a viscous solution that will relieve your dry throat.
7. Warm liquids
Warm liquids relieve nasal congestion (stuffy nose), prevent dehydration and soothe irritated membranes in your nose and throat.
If you are so congested that you can not fall asleep, try this Recipe : SuperTea with Lemon Ginger and Honey
And here, not only is it good but it’s also very good!
8. Take a good hot shower
Take a hot shower. The goal is to create full steam. The vapors moisten your nasal cavity and rest your body.
If your head is spinning because of the flu, standing up will take too much effort. Do not hesitate to sit down to enjoy the good effect of the vapors.
9. Apply menthol ointment
Your nose is red and irritated by the nose? Apply a small amount of menthol ointment under your nose. Menthol, eucalyptus, and camphor will soothe your irritated skin. In addition, it decongests the nasal cavity.
10. Apply warm towels
A heat source applied to your nose will decongest it. Nothing easier to implement! Moisten a washcloth and microwaved it for 30 seconds. Remember to control the temperature before applying it to your face.
11. Sleep with a pillow and more
Take a second pillow when you go to bed. The angle under your head will be increased and it will help to decongest your nose. If the angle is too troublesome, try to reduce it by placing the pillow between the bed frame and the mattress of your bed.
These are our home remedies against cold that you can easily try .