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7 Best Home Remedies for Cough and Cold

Updated on January 23, 2020
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Cough and Cold, a very common problem for all of us. Let's discuss how to prepare some home remedies for that.

Cough and cold can catch you any time of the year I believe. Our kids become the victim of it so often. Allergy, bacterial or viral infections are so very common and can affect you out of nowhere.

Pollution, dust, frequent changes in weather etc are also responsible for bad cough and cold. So if we are to take medication to feel good in such conditions, first of all we’ll go to a doctor.

Then there are some non-medical tricks we can all apply which can make us feel good and ease our pain.

Various home remedies for cough and cold are known to us all I assume. We know them from our elders, dear ones and from so many sources.

Let’s talk about 7 of those most popular and effective home remedies for cough and cold:

1. Ginger

Ginger is basically a root, used as a spice widely all over the world. It is one of the best spices out there which has beneficial compounds for body and brain. Vitamin B3, B6, C, Zinc, Potassium and Magnesium etc are common in ginger.

Ginger has high amount of gingerol, which is a powerful anti-inflammatory substance. It also contains high amount of antioxidant properties.

Ginger is helpful for nauseas like sea sickness, morning sickness, surgery or chemotherapy related nausea etc. It can reduce muscle pain and soreness, help solving digestion problems, good for heart health and blood sugar problems too.

Consuming ginger by chewing or with honey and warm water can be beneficial for cough and cold.

2. Peppermint

The menthol of peppermint helps the nerves of throat to reduce irritation. It may lower the pain and urge of coughing.

Peppermint contains antiviral and antibacterial properties. Tea or aromatherapy of peppermint can make you feel better while fighting cough and cold.

3. Honey Tea

Pure honey is rich in antioxidants. Honey can improve cholesterol level, lower blood pressure and be beneficial for heart health.

According to a research on preventing nighttime coughing, dark pure honey performed better than cough syrups from medical stores.

So, making a cup of hot tea, herbal, green or normal, and mixing a teaspoon of pure honey in it is a better idea to me considering relying on cough syrups.

I also love to add spices in a honey tea, like cinnamon, clove, ginger etc.

4. Luke warm water

We all know how it feels to drink luke warm water in common cough and cold. Water is the best remedy for anything.

Luke warm water helps reducing the irritation and inflammation in throat and can ease the pain of a sore throat too.

5. Gargle and Steam

Gargling with warm water with two/three pinch of salt can help you reduce the irritation of scratchy throat. But this is not the best way for little kids, under 6 I mean.

Preparing a steam blow with hot water, bearable enough on skin and essential oils (if needed) is a great thing to do for cold. Inhaling the vapors for a few minutes can give you a nice comfort.

6. Turmeric milk

Turmeric is a root, basically the root of the turmeric plant, a powerhouse of major health benefits. It contains Calcium, Fiber, Iron, Zinc, Potassium and Bioactive Compounds with various medicinal properties.

It also contains curcumin, a very powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties rich substance. The curcumin boosts brain-derived neurotrophic factor. Curcumin is proven to reduce the risks of brain and heart diseases too.

Milk is a very common, great source of protein and multivitamins.

It contains Vitamin B12, D, phosphorus, potassium and calcium. Phosphorus and calcium builds healthy bones, teeth and generates energy. Calcium also maintains the bone mass.

7. Lemon and Honey with Water

Lemon contains Vitamin C and is filled with plant compounds and soluble fiber.

Lemon can be beneficial for weight loss and skin health. It also can reduce risk of heart diseases, anemia, kidney stone etc.

And I have explained the benefits of honey above. So, mixing a teaspoon of honey in a glass of warm water with a few drops of lemon juice can be a good remedy. This syrup is known to be very effective if you add a pinch of cinnamon too.

Other than these, have warm soup and citrus fruits to feel better. They really help.

It is a best idea to see your doctor when you have a very high fever, suffering from weakness, dehydration etc. other than that, these common and easy home remedies for cough and cold are worth a shot.

Do you have any secret remedies for fighting cough and cold? Let me know in the comment below.

Let “Fitness” be our goal and “Health” our main priority.

Thank you for reading.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Jannat Hossain


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