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How to get rid of a cough and cold - Ten home remedies you can use
Winters are the worst time possible to try to get rid of a cough. No matter what you do that pesky irritation of the throat never seems to leave you alone.
If you have too much cough syrup you can't keep alert. I know I fall right off to sleep with some of them and while the nap is refreshing when I wake up I find its made no difference whatsoever to my cough!
So how do you get rid of a cough? You get proper medication from the doctor, then you try and get rid of the symptoms of a cold and cough by treating it with some old home remedies.
Everyone has a favorite one that works best for them. Given here is a set of them that I have used on my family with varying degrees of success. Some of them are easy and others a bit difficult. Hope one of them works for you.
1. Honey and Warm Water
Heat a glass of water and add a tablespoon of honey to it. Now drink this as warm as you can. The honey soothes the throat and helps lessen the irritation caused by the cough.
2. Gargle with Warm Salt Water
If you find that your throat is beginning to hurt and you may be about to get the flu, just do this. Warm up water and add a spoon full of salt to it and do deep throat gargles. Make sure you use drinking water if you tend to swallow while gargling.
3. Lemon and Honey
The honey soothes the throat and the lemon juice gives you a good shot of natural vitamin C which helps fight cold and cough. You can mix a teaspoon of honey into the juice of a small lemon. Add some warm water if you find it too sour to swallow.
4. Vicks Vapor Rub on Feet
Before you get into bed just rub some vicks vapor rub onto the feet and wear your socks. The decongestant should also be applied on the chest, the back, the neck and the forehead for optimal effect.
5. Breathing Exercise
In Pranayam breathing you can do a combination of Kapal Bharati and Anulom Vilom. The former will clear out the mucus and the latter will help ease out respiration troubles by clearing the nasal passage. Once the mucus is out the cough will also dry off.
6. Steam Inhalation
The easiest way to get rid of congestion is to do steam inhalation. Heat up water till it is steaming then put a towel over your head and the bowl of water and inhale. A five minute bout is usually enough to loosen up the mucus.
7. Drink Kadha
Boil 4 black cardamon, 10 black pepper, 1 piece of cinnamon and about ten leaves of holy basil in 3 glasses of water. Reduce till it is one glass worth then decant and drink as warm as possible. Drink at least thrice a day till the cough goes away.
8. Turmeric powder with Jaggery
Roast half teaspoon turmeric powder (haldi) and add some grated jaggery (gud) to it and make it into a ball. Now eat this last thing before you get into bed. Do not drink any water after this. If the bitter taste of the turmeric persists eat more of the sweet jaggery but do not drink water.
9. Nutmeg Powder
Eat a quarter teaspoon of freshly ground nutmeg the first thing in the morning. The spice has a number of healing properties attributed to it. It helps with flu and also with your indigestion problems. Don't eat or drink anything for 15 minutes after you eat the nutmeg powder.
10. Eucalyptus oil on pillow
This essential oil has soothing and nose unblocking properties. Since you cant use it directly on the skin in its concentrated form just pour a couple of drops on the pillow you sleep on. The smell will help keep your nose unblocked all night. You can also mix it with a regular base oil like olive oil and massage it onto your temples and throat region for relief from cold and cough.