Is your nose is running, your throat is raw or you’ve got a cough?
Is it a cold, allergies, or the flu?
Cold is simply an upper respiratory tract infection which is caused by different kinds of viruses.
We have to understand that â€œBeing in cold weather does not cause the common cold, but cold weather promotes close contactâ€.
Symptoms of the common cold include
- Runny Nose
- Sore Throat
To avoid Cold and cough, we prefer to use pharmacy or to visit a doctor which is a good idea, because we cannot ignore these little thing as it may become big. But there are many several easy home remedies to avoid cold and cough or flu this winter.
Letâ€™s see Some Best & Easy to Use Home Remedies:
#1. Ginger Tea or Honey Tea:
In winter everybody loves to enjoy a classy Ginger Tea. But do you that Ginger tea not only tastes good but also helps in treating common cold & cough.
The Ginger tea helps in drying running and dripping nose, thus expelling phlegm from the respiratory tract. Among various health benefits of ginger, it is known to soothe common cold and speeds up the recovery process.
And same thing with honey to treat a cough, mix 2 teaspoons with warm water or an herbal tea. Take this twice a day. But remember to do not give honey to children under 1 year of age.
A wet cough, which is one that produces mucus or phlegm, may improve with steam.
After taking a hot bath, stay in this steam for a few minutes until symptoms subside. And Drink a glass of water afterward to cool down and prevent dehydration.
Or you can use a bowl of hot water and Lean over the bowl and with a towel over the head. Inhale the vapors for 5 minutes. If the steam feels hot on the skin, discontinue until the skin cools down.
#3. Ginger-Tulsi Mixture:
Extract the ginger juice and add crush tulsi leaves to it and add honey. Consume it to get relief from a cough.
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#4. Drink Hot Liquid:
When you are having cold and cough, staying hydrated is important during the period. Taking liquids (not cold) may soften your cold and cough and also sneezing.
Here are few hot beverages that may good for you:
- Clear Broths
- Herbal Teas
- Decaffeinated Black Tea
- Warm Water
- Warm Fruit Juices
#5. Salt-Water Gargle:
The simplest remedy and the most effective for sore throat and wet cough is Salt-Water Gargle. Salt water reduces mucus and phlegm quickly.
Take half a teaspoon of salt into a glass of warm water and gargle with this mixture. Gargle with salt water several times each day until the cough improves.
Please do not prefer this remedy to children as they are not ready to gargle it and they may swallow it which can be dangerous
#6. Put Hot Packs on Your Sinuses:
Take a damp cloth and heat it for 30 seconds in a microwave. Test the temperature first to make sure it’s right for you.
Brandy helps to keep your chest warm as it increases bodyâ€™s temperature helps in cough. Just a teaspoon of brandy mixed with few drops of honey improves cough and common cold.
Prevention Tips For Cold:
- Keep remember to have a distance from the people who are sick or having cough, cold and flu.
- Wash your hand regularly with soap and warm water that help you to keep away from bacteria and virus. Prefer to use alcohol based hand sanitizer.
- Drink enough water, herbal teas, and other beverages to stay hydrate.
- Stress affects the immune system and increases the chances of getting sick. To avoid stress do exercise, meditate, deep breathing.
- Get enough sleep for 7â€“8 hours each night to stay fit & healthy.
NOTE: These home remedies may helpful at the normal stage of cold and cough. Visit the doctor in case of getting serious.