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8 Ways To Get Rid Of Cold with Natural Remedies

Updated on July 21, 2017

The time when you find yourself with running nose, sneezing, itchy eyes, sore throat, you better start looking for a natural remedy to get rid of cold. A strong immune system together with effective home remedies can cure common cold to a great extent. Cold generally accompanied with itself many more problems such as body ache, stuffy nose, nasal congestion, fever and if not treated on time it may lead to secondary infections.

Here are some best ways to prevent cold with the help of natural home remedies:

Tulsi Plant to treat cold
Tulsi Plant to treat cold | Source

1. Tulsi / Basil leaves can resist cold

Tulsi leaves are a well known remedy to fight cold and cough. You should eat two to three tulsi leaves with little jaggery (gur in Hindi) two times a day to get rid of cold and runny nose. Tulsi is a popular natural medicine to some general ailments such as fever, sore throat, cough and cold. Tulsi is that herb which has antibacterial, anti fungal and antiviral properties. It has strong healing properties that are potential to warm your body from inside and cure respiratory problems. Bestowing us with so many benefits, tulsi is also known as holy basil. It is an herb that nourishes a person’s health and well being.

If you are suffering from cold and cough, then you can boil tulsi leaves in tea. First prepare a decoction by boiling tulsi in the water and then add sugar, tea and milk to it. This is the easiest method to intake tulsi for the treatment of common cold.

2. Ginger is capable to beat the Rhino virus

Ginger combined with honey is very effective to get rid of cold and cough. Grate and squeeze a piece of ginger to take out its juice. Take honey in the same proportion and mix well with the ginger juice. You have to take a tablespoon of this honey ginger mix syrup two times a day.

Rhino virus, which is the most contagious virus responsible for cold and flu get targeted by chemicals present in ginger. Ginger can also be added to tea to relieve pain in throat.

If you feel itchiness in eyes and nose along with sneezing, do not ignore the symptoms. You should take this remedy just at the onset of cold, to prevent yourself from severe conditions. Ginger can also be taken in the form of lozenges, which are easily available in market to prevent cold and soothe throat.

Almond oil to get rid of cold and cough
Almond oil to get rid of cold and cough | Source

3. Almond Oil to get rid of Cold and Cough

Getting rid of cold is not easy, though some natural remedies helps to lessen the irritation cold accompanies with itself. Almond oil is very beneficial for cold and flu. A teaspoon of almond oil in a glass of warm milk will help you to keep your body warm and at the same time it will boost your immunity. Remember, strong resistance power and healthy immune system is necessary to prevent cold. If you get to suffer cold again and again, then you should take almond oil in warm milk daily to increase the immunity of your body.

Another way to use almond oil to cure common cold is to put 2-3 drops in the nostrils at bedtime. This remedy will give you relief you from many symptoms of cold.

4. Treat Stuffy nose, nasal congestion with Steam and Eucalyptus oil

Cold and flu generally carry with itself nasal congestion and stuffy nose. Congestion influences our ability to breathe through the nose properly. You can get rid of theses cold symptoms with the aid of steam, adding two to three drops of eucalyptus oil to it. Eucalyptus oil is decongestant and gives relief from stuffy nose. You can also put few drops of eucalyptus oil on your handkerchief and inhale it throughout the day to reduce the swelling of the nasal passage.

Black and white peppercorns
Black and white peppercorns | Source

5. Black Pepper to get rid of running nose

The time your nose start running like a tap and your eyes, nose itches like never ending process, then try this simple home remedy to get rid of cold and running nose quickly. You can intake a teaspoon of grinded black pepper two times a day with a glass of water. Another way to take black pepper to cure cold and flu is to add one teaspoon of black pepper to 4 tsp of honey. Follow this remedy regularly until the cold symptoms diminish.

Pepper has anti allergic and anti-microbial properties which help to treat common cold, respiratory infections, throat infections and makes immune system strong. You should also take pepper tea when you see initial cold signs like sneezing and runny nose.

Turmeric powder
Turmeric powder | Source

6. Turmeric to prevent cold and cough

Turmeric is good to get rid of cold and cough. This herb has medicinal properties that make it capable to fight against several health ailments. Its three way action anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-viral gives you relief from cold. Turmeric helps in breaking up mucus, which is the main cause of chronic cough and cold.

If you are fed up of blocked nose in the morning, start drinking turmeric milk to cure it. This will enhance your immunity against any kind of allergy. To make turmeric milk add one tablespoon of turmeric powder to 300ml of milk and bring it to boil. You can add sugar to taste. Drink this concoction at bedtime. You should follow this remedy for couple of months to boost your resistance capability against cold. This will surely prove to be an antidote for many health complications.

Turmeric strong antioxidant properties make it very effective for the treatment of cold. Half a spoon of turmeric powder can also be taken two times a day, this will helps to loosen the mucus in the body.

7. Increase the intake of Vitamin C rich food

Vitamin C deficiency makes you more vulnerable to catching cold virus. To prevent yourself from cold and cough, increase the consumption of vitamin C rich food. This will give your body a shield to fight against cold infections. Vitamin C is antioxidant which helps to control infection and supports our immune system. Improve the intake of Vitamin C or ascorbic acid by eating amla, broccoli, grapes and oranges like food.

Seek Medical advice
Seek Medical advice | Source

8. Say no to coffee, refined sugar, milk to fight congestion

To get rid of cold, you should avoid the consumption of dairy products such as milk. Stay away from foods which contain refined sugar as refined sugar is a mucous causing food. Try to keep yourself away from high content caffeine products such as chocolate, coffee when suffering from common cold.

If you feel that your body is not responding to above natural remedies to get rid of cold, then you should seek medical advice. This is true that home remedies help to lessen the initial cold symptoms, however, consult your healthcare provider to avoid further aggravation of cold virus.

© 2013 Neha Sadana


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      2 years ago

      Thanks for sharing this natural remedies

    • Neha Sadana profile imageAUTHOR

      Neha Sadana 

      4 years ago from India

      Hello Alina, According to Ayurveda and Unani system of medicine, turmeric when used with milk makes a great cold and flu remedy. You must try this Golden milk for the treatment of cold!

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      4 years ago

      I would like to try the turmeric milk as you write above since I have a cold. However it also says that I should keep away from dairy products. Should I drink the turmeric milk then?

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      Kristen Howe 

      4 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Love these tips, Neha. I would take this under consideration this summer for my summer cold. Voted up for useful!

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      Glenn Stok 

      6 years ago from Long Island, NY

      When I feel a cold coming on, I double by usual Vit C to 1000 mg a day. And I include 30 mg of Zinc. The cold never fully develops and is gone in a day. I also have a high immune system due to the healthy way I eat, so I'm sure that has something to do with it too. I do have allergy problems though, and I'll try your black pepper idea the next time I have a runny nose from allergies.

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      6 years ago

      I will definitely try the pepper remedy! Thanks!

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      Swati gupta 

      6 years ago

      Informative page ..vry helpful remedies .against cold . I am very thankful to.this hub.

    • Neha Sadana profile imageAUTHOR

      Neha Sadana 

      6 years ago from India

      Hello ChitrangadaSharan! I am glad you found this hub informative. I also prefer home remedies over other medications as they are natural and gentle to the body.

    • Neha Sadana profile imageAUTHOR

      Neha Sadana 

      6 years ago from India

      @Gypsy48 - Thank you for voting up this hub. Natural remedies for sure are best to get rid of cold.

    • Neha Sadana profile imageAUTHOR

      Neha Sadana 

      6 years ago from India

      @younghopes -Thanks for stopping by and sharing. Natural remedies are very helpful to get rid of cold and cough...

      @Blissfulwriter - Hello, Yes, Vitamin C is great for the prevention of common cold.

    • ChitrangadaSharan profile image

      Chitrangada Sharan 

      6 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Very useful and informative hub!

      I always prefer these natural remedies for curing Cold symptoms. They are safe and have no side effects.

      Thanks for sharing this useful hub!

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      6 years ago

      Voted up. I think natural remedies are best for getting rid of colds. The over the counter medications never work for me.

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      6 years ago

      I am a big fan of vitamin C as remedy and preventative of colds.

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      Shadaan Alam 

      6 years ago from India

      Thanks for sharing these natural remedies, cold is such a common problem though, shared this hub


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