Natural Home Remedies for Cold
Colds are a very common ailment that can be caused by a number of reasons. There is no cure for this and normally you have to let it run its course. Colds may also be accompanied by soreness in the neck, shoulder pains, headaches and an overall feeling of weakness. There are a numerous home remedies that you and your children can have to alleviate colds, natural ingredients do not have any side effects that most chemical treatments have. If you are allergic to any of the ingredients substitute them for something else.
Vitamin C helps to increase the production of white blood cells; this is what fights against viruses and stops them from multiplying. It also reduces the inflammation and mucus levels in the nasal passage. Vitamin C in available in pharmacies as pills, orange juice and lemon tea are also great sources of vitamin C. you can also try other sources like cauliflower, lemon, cabbage, broccoli, tomatoes and parsley.
Fluids intake has to be increased as this will help to expel all the bacteria and the toxins that they create from your body. This can either be juice, teas and soups. Kids may not be able to manage teas but they can have chicken soups. Chicken has electrolytes and cysteine in it that helps in reducing mucus in the nasal passage; it is also lighter on your throat as well. This is because most people often experience swelling in the throat, which hurts when swallowing food. Drinking fluids will ensure that you have enough nutrition entering your body and will not hurt your throat. Green tea and chamomile tea have anti bacterial properties that can help fight the infection.
Garlic and Ginger:
Garlic is known to have allocine, an agent that can stimulate white blood cells. It also contains antiseptic properties. You can have them in the form of pills of you can add them to your soups and other light meals. Garlic oil is known to reduce the mucus buildup; you can boil six cloves of garlic in water and which your child can drink. Ginger in its raw form or blended into herbal tea can soothe sore throats, you can either add it in soups or can boil 10 grams of ginger in water and drink this concoction throughout the day.
Eucalyptus oils have expectorant properties that when inhaled can unblocked a runny nose. You can apply the oils directly to your neck and shoulders to reduce soreness and pain. Most vapor rubs contain this oil in concentrated form and are easily available in any pharmacy. There are also balms that are safe for use on children. You can add a teaspoon of these balms to hot water and use this as a steam treatment to clear blocked noses, this method is safe for children as you won’t have to apply the balm directly on their skin, make sure that their do this under your supervision so that they don’t burn themselves.