Old Fashion Cold And Flu Remidies
Home Cold Remedies Can Work
By Sharon Stajda,
There are lots of great natural remedies to help with that cold!
A hundred years ago herbs were not only used in cooking but were the basic ingredient in most health remedies used to treat the most common ailments. The herb was planted in the spring and dried in the fall, to be handy for the upcoming year. Perhaps using home remedies was found to be a more prudent way to treat illness, than a costly trip to the doctor. Home remedies were used to treat illnesses such as colds, stomach aches, muscle pain, and more. Many home remedies included medicinal herbs. The herbs were combined into concoctions, and by trial and error remedies were developed. The Tried and true remedies were used and shared with family and friends. Many of these old remedies have survived, and are still used today. The common cold was one such illness that was frequently treated with a variety of old home remedies.
There Are Lots Of Natural Cold Remedies...
Cold Remedies That Work
Here are some old tried and true remedies to aid in comforting the common cold.
1. To help soothe a sore throat: Sage mixed with a bit of Alum 1/2 tea dried Sage, a pinch of Alum mixed in a warm 6 oz glass of water. Gargle several times every few hours.
2. Mix 2 tab. Molasses into a cup of chamomile tea. This drink can be given at night to sooth one off to sleep with a sweet tea. The chamomile is also soothing on the stomach, and aids to promote sleep.
3. Sassafras tea is also great it can aid in diminishing fever and soothing one's throat.
4. Cold Eeze Lozenges. These are all natural lozenges that are made of Zinc. Studies show the zinc will help reduce the length and severity of a cold.
4. Homemade chicken soup can helps with nasal congestion and is thought to be an all-around good cold remedy.
5. Hot Toddy. Mix piping hot water to a cup, 1/2 shot of whiskey, and 1 teaspoon lemon juice, 1 teaspoon honey, mix well. The Alcohol has an anti-inflammatory effect on mucous membranes. Also said to reduce fever, and relieve muscle aches.
6. Garlic and warm milk. 1 good size clove of garlic crushed and mixed in 1 cup of warm milk. This concoction is said to shorten the duration of a cold. An active compound in garlic "allicin" is known to be a good decongestant. Garlic is also known to have potent antioxidant properties.
7. Vitamin C. Eat foods that are high in vitamin C. Studies show taking vitamin C will shorten the length of a cold.
8. Echinacea - Chinese have been using Echinacea for centuries for its strong antibiotic properties. World Health Organization also supports the uses of Echinacea to shorten the common cold.
9. Cough syrup can be made very easily in your own kitchen. Slowly boil a lemon with its skin on for about 8 minutes. Cut the lemon into two parts and squeeze the juice into a glass. Mix in two tablespoonfuls of glycerin, (purchase glycerin at your local drugstore or health food store.). Stir lemon juice and glycerin together. Add 1 tablespoonful of honey mix well. This cough syrup will really ease a sore throat.
9. Feed a cold; starve a fever. There is a theory that eating less during a cold may shorten the duration of the cold. However, nutritionists strongly disagree with this theory, because the body that is stricken with a cold needs more nutrients, to aid in fighting off illness.
10. Breathing steam - Steam does help liquefy and loosens mucus.
Sinus problems Got You Down? The Neti Pot
Snorting saltwater could leave you breathing easy, in just a few minutes.
Neti pots are part of the ancient Ayurvedic therapy, Jalneti. Jala Neti is a method of nasal irrigation that uses a small ceramic pot, along with salt, and warm water. This ancient nasal irrigation method has been around for over 5,000 years. This nasal flushing can be used to relieve a variety of sinus problems. Such as simple nasal congestion, sinus drip, sinus headache, and also can aid in preventing colds.
Snorting salt water, via a neti pot has become recognized once again as an effective way to eliminate sinus congestion, battle the common cold and relieve problems due to allergies. People are becoming discouraged with analgesic drugs that can come with unwanted side effects. Nasal irrigation Its cheap, fast and extremely effective.
How does nasal irrigation help with sinus problems? Basically, what the neti pot does is gently wash away excess mucus, bacteria, pollen, allergens and viruses from the sinus cavity.
Feed A Cold With Foods Containing Phytochemicals
Increase Fluids And Vegetable
Eat Foods Containing Phytochemicals.
Want to help stave off a cold? Eat foods that contain Phytochemicals. Phytochemicals are natural chemicals that can be found in some plants. These powerful chemicals are known to give other vitamins found in food a supercharged boost. Phytochemicals can be found in dark green, red, and yellow vegetables and fruits. Get the natural vitamins veggies and fruit can provide, and boost your immune systems ability to fight off that cold.
Mild Exercise Can Have You Feeling Better In A Jiffy
Fresh Air And Mild Exercise Can Chase That Cold Away
Make sure when you have a cold you get fresh air. A regular dose of fresh air is important especially in cold weather when central heating dries you out and makes your body more vulnerable to cold and flu viruses. Get Exercise regularly, exercise speeds up the heart rate and promotes larger quantities of blood in the heart which can work to makes one breath a bit faster. This increase in heart rate can help supply more oxygen transformation from your lungs to your bloodstream. Exercise will also increase perspiration. Yes, perspiration can help sheds the body of unwanted toxins. Exercises help increase the body's natural virus-killing cells, due to the increase in body temperature. So, make sure when you have a cold to get a bit of fresh air, and exercise.
Wash Hands Frequently To Chase Away Cold Germs
Turn to herbal remedies to ease the discomfort of a cold
Add Some Yogurt To Your Diet
Prevention Is The Key To Not Catching A Cold
Since there are no known cures for colds and flu, prevention must be your goal. Wash your hands frequently. Colds are circulated by direct contact. So keep your hands clean If you have the sniffles, use a tissue, discard tissue after one uses.
A Few More Helpful Tips To Detour A Cold Or Flu
Add Yogurt to your diet. studies show that eating a 1 cup of low-fat yogurt can reduce your susceptibility to colds by 25 %. Yogurt has beneficial bacteria that stimulates the immune system to fight off that cold fight disease.
Don't Smoke, Smokers get more colds, and a smokers colds, as a rule, are more severe than non-smokers.
Relax and make sure to get at least 8 hours of sleep a night.
If you can, take a Sauna, researchers aren't clear about the exact role saunas play in prevention, One theory, when taking a sauna you inhale air hotter than 80 degrees, the increased temperature of the inhaled air is thought to denature the cold and flu virus.