Natural Cold Remedies
Natural Cold Remedies
Did you know that most people get about two to four colds per year? This can add up to a lot of missed work and misery. Symptoms of the common cold can range from a stuffy or a runny nose, an itchy mildly sore throat, coughing, congestion, body aches, headache, sneezing, watery eyes, fatigue, and even a low-grade fever. Many people often claim to have the flu when they really just have a cold. You can spend a lot of money and take a lot of strong drugs trying to get rid of the cold. The truth is, the common cold has no cure. Putting a lot of drugs into your body to try to treat a common cold can be unnecessary. Remember, I am not a doctor and if your fever becomes high, your body aches or your sore throat is more than mild, then definitely go see a doctor.
Try these Natural Cold Remedies When You’re Under the Weather
For common colds, there are tried and true natural cold remedies that can help you feel better. These natural cold remedies can help you get over your cold using a drug-free approach. Try these easy natural home remedies to help make you more comfortable the next time you’re feeling under the weather:
* Eat Hot Soup – I know you have heard of this, but did you know eating hot noodle soup can help combat a cold by helping your sinuses drain. The steam from the soup enters the nasal cavity and helps break up phlegm causing your sinuses to drain, thus relieving pressure and helping your head feel better. Plus, the soup provides calories and nutrition to help you stay strong as your body fights the cold.
*Use a Diffuser – Using a diffuser to disperse essential oils into the air can be an effective way to ease congestion. Eucalyptus and Thieves are two of my favorite essential oils to add to the diffuser when fighting a cold.
* Get your vitamin C- When you are sick it’s important to get plenty of vitamin C. The best way to get vitamin C is to drink freshly squeezed juice. Another way to get vitamin C is a supplement. My favorite supplement is Young Living Super C.
* Leave It Alone – Some symptoms are actually good. They mean that your body is doing what it’s supposed to do to get rid of the virus. A low-grade fever means that your body is fighting the infection and you don’t want to do anything to stop it when it’s working. You do need to get a high fever down because a high fever has dangers of its own.
* Stop Sucking It Up – If you are sniffing a lot, try to stop. Instead, when you feel like sniffing, use a tissue to blow it out of your body. Blow your nose gently, preferably one side of your nostril at a time. Don’t blow too hard, but blow gently enough to clear your sinus passages.
* Get a Neti Pot – This is a small, specially-shaped pot that enables you to clean your sinus passages with saline solution. If you are having issues with being able to clear your sinus passages by blowing gently, the neti pot will help a lot. Be sure to only use distilled water in your neti pot as using tap water can introduce serious problems.
* Get a Lot of Rest – When you are sick the best thing you can do is sleep and rest. Wrap up in a blanket and get comfortable on the sofa. Take the time to watch mindless TV shows and movies so that your brain rests and allows you to fall asleep. The more you can sleep, the faster you’re going to get better.
* Gargle with Salt Water – If you have sinus drainage or a sore throat, try gargling with salt water. Just use warm water combined with regular table salt; use it to rinse your mouth and gargle. This will clear your throat of drainage which can cause you a lot of pain due to the fact that it’s highly acidic and damaging to the delicate membranes in your mouth.
* Take a Hot Bath – This is a great time to relax in a hot, steamy bath. There are essential oils that you can put in your bath water such as eucalyptus that you can inhale that may help clear your sinus passages and relax your body. You can also put in Epsom salts to help soothe sore muscles.
Adding the following essential oils to the bathwater can help ease your symptoms of stuffiness and sore throat and enhance your relaxation:
*Massage with Essential Oils – Directly massage your throat and chest with essential oils. This is an enjoyable natural home remedy that can deliver positive results (and feel oh so good)! Cedarwood and Frankincense are often used in combination as a remedy for coughs because they help to loosen mucous and clear the lungs. Cypress, Peppermint, and Helichrysum further assist with opening the airways.
- Natural cough remedy: Try massaging a carrier oil diluted combinations of Cedarwood, Peppermint, Frankincense, Cypress, and Helichrysum directly onto the chest area.
- Sore throat remedy: Rub a diluted mixture of Lemon, Peppermint and Tea Tree (Melaleuca) essential oil directly on the throat. Start at the base of the ears and continue with downward strokes along the sides of the neck. Rub from the underside of the chin down both sides of the trachea. Repeat up to three times daily.
Using these natural cold remedies is the best way to treat a cold drug-free. Using drug-free ways to treat colds can actually work well without all the side effects that drugs can cause. It is very important to use quality essential oils that do not contain any fillers or additives. I recommend Young Living oils. That is what I use.
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