Cold remedies: Don’t let that nasty cold get the best of you. Take charge with simple do-it-yourself treatments that clear up your stuffy nose and soothe your scratchy throat. Use these 10 tips to get fast relief for cold and flu:
10. Stay hydrated (Drink up)
Get plenty of fluids. It helps break up your congestion, makes your throat moist, and keeps you from getting dehydrated.
9. Take Rest
Make rest your top priority. Stay home from work or school, and put your daily routine on hold until you feel better. By taking a day off work as soon as your symptoms emerge and spend it in bed sleeping, you may be able to fight off further symptoms.
8. Gargle with Warm Salt-Water
The saltwater eases swelling and loosens mucus. Stir one-quarter to one-half teaspoon of salt into a cup of warm water until it’s dissolved, and gargle a few times a day. It’s a good way to soothe a throbbing throat and provide a quick effective relief.
7. Drink Hot Liquids
Drinking hot liquids relieve your congestion and soothe the inflamed lining of your nose and throat. Make hot herbal tea or green tea and add 1 teaspoon of honey and drink it 2-3 times a day, especially If you’re so congested and can’t sleep at night.
6. Have a spoonful of Honey
Honey can coat your throat and soothe a cough. Taking a half a tablespoon of honey at bedtime provides the most benefits. You can also stir it into a cup of green tea or hot lemon water before going to bed*.
5. Take a Hot Shower
Breathing in steam may moisten a scratchy throat and nose, as well as loosen your congestion. The heat can also help relax any aching muscles.
4. Take an over-the-counter remedy
You may find relief with one of these medications and take them as directed*. Adults can take acetaminophen (Tylenol, others), ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB, others) or aspirin.
3. Take Turmeric
A cup of warm milk with a teaspoon of turmeric powder can fight flu, colds, and cough. Turmeric is a powerful antioxidant that can fight free radicals which damage the immune system and can cause infections like cold and flu.
2. Try an Extra Pillow Under Your Head
Do this at night when you sleep to help relieve congested nasal passages.
1. Eat Garlic Clove & Make a Flu-Fighting Tonic
Garlic clove: Eating garlic glove every few hours is a great way to clear a cold quickly. Garlic possesses antioxidants with antimicrobial, antiviral, and antibiotic properties. On top of that, it aids decongestion to clear up the sinuses pronto.
Flu-Fighting Tonic: Here how you can prepare this amazing flu-fighting tonic quickly:
- ¼ cup fresh ginger root or 1 Tbsp dried
- ¼ cup fresh turmeric root or 1 Tbsp dried
- 1 orange, peeled
- 1 lemon, peeled
- Water, honey and ghee/coconut oil as needed.
- Place all ingredients in your juicer. If using dry spices, juice the citrus and then add to a blender with ½ cup water and the dried spices and blend until smooth.
- To prepare
- Mix 1oz of the concentrated mix with 1 cup of hot water. Stir in raw honey, Clarified butter or coconut oil.
- Repeat every 2-3 hours.