Cold generally cures in 5 to 6 days, but it is very much important to treat a cold before it leads to other infections like bronchitis or pneumonia.
It is always better to treat cold and cough by natural remedies as they don’t have any side effects.
In the last post, I wrote about some remedies like Turmeric milk as well as Ginger and Honey. In this post, we are going to discuss some more remedies for a cough and cold.
Spiced Tea / Kadha
Spiced tea / kadha is one of the effective remedies to treat cold and cough as it contains Tulsi, Ginger, Peppercorns, Cinnamon, and Honey.
Ginger is good for the cold and sore throat. If fresh ginger is not available, you can also use dry ginger or its powder
Tulsi which is also known as holy basil has antibacterial, anti-viral properties.
It helps in relieving from cold, cough, headache, chest congestion and fever.
It is beneficial in many respiratory ailments like asthma, bronchitis etc. It also helps to strengthen our immunity.
Peppercorn or black pepper is the common spice easily available in every kitchen. It’s a hot and pungent spice which has many health benefits. It has volatile oil which helps to loosen phlegm and to clear a stuffy nose. It has many antimicrobial properties, so pepper is included in many cold and cough remedies.
Cinnamon has anti-oxidant, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties.
You can also mix honey and cinnamon powder to get relief from cold and cough.
How to prepare spiced tea / Kadha
Take one glass of water in a vessel and keep it on a stove for boiling add 1 inch of sliced (Or grated) Ginger, 2 to 3 sticks of cinnamon, and 3 to 4 crushed peppercorns to it.
Let it boil for some time then add tulsi leaves. Boil it till the
Switch off the stove and strain the tea in a cup. Add honey and drink it hot.
Make sure that you will add honey only after switching off the stove. If you add honey in boiling water, the enzymes present in honey gets destroyed.
Along with these remedies, you can also try following remedies for cold.
- Nutmeg: Rub the nutmeg on a rough surface or stone by using a little water to make a paste of nutmeg. Apply this paste on your forehead while sleeping (You can also apply this paste on the sole of small kids). Essential oil present in the nutmeg will help to clear a stuffy nose and headache.
- Jaggery and turmeric candy: Mix the jaggery and organic (or homemade) turmeric powder. Mix it properly with your hands and make some small balls of the mixture. Keep it in an airtight box and have it whenever you want. Instead of chocolates, you can give these candies to children. Make sure that you will consume them within 2 to 3 days after preparing.
- Steam: Boil some water in a vessel, add some essential oil (e.g. Eucalyptus oil) or herbs like tulsi leaves, ginger in water. While taking steam keep 25 to 30 cm. distance in between the vessel and your head and cover your head with a towel or a thick cloth. Inhaling a steam will help to get relief from nose blockage and headache.
If you are allergic to any oil you can take plain water steam (without adding any oil or herbs)
- Gargle salt water: Take a glass of warm water and add one teaspoon of salt. Gargle with this water to get relief from a sore throat. Repeat this for 2 to 3 times in a day. This is also called as saline water. The antibacterial properties present in the saline water will help to cure the bacterial infection in the throat. The warmness of gives relief from the throat pain.
- Eucalyptus Oil: You can put some drops of eucalyptus oil on a handkerchief and inhale it whenever you will feel of a stuffy nose. Most of the time people find difficulty in sleeping because of nose block. You can apply some drops of the eucalyptus oil on your chest or the collar area. The aroma of the oil will help to unblock your nose and give you a nice sound sleep.
- Essential Oils: Using essential oils is also called as aromatherapy. Some of the essential oils that can be used to get relief from cold and cough are Lemon oil, Lavender oil, Peppermint oil, Tea tree oil, Oregano oil, Thyme oil, Rosemary oil, Clove oil etc.
- Amla: Amla is also called as Indian Gooseberry. It actually does not help to cure a cold but it increases immunity and actually helps to prevent falling sick. Amla is loaded with vitamin C.
- Stay hydrated: Drink plenty of warm water. Warm water will help to smoothen up the inflammation in your throat. It will avoid the dehydration.