Winter Diseases

Home Remedies for Cough & Cold

Home Remedies for Cough & Cold

As the season changes, common cold is the first thing which hits adults and children equally. Common cold is a self limiting condition and gets better on its own in stipulated time. Unless high fever or throat infection is present not much of the treatment is required.

In absence of any secondary infection home remedies are enough & effective to deal with it.

Home Remedies for Cough & Cold

Steam Inhalation

This is the most effective way to ease nasal congestion and runny nose. Bring water to boil in a wide pan till steam begins to form. Keep head above the pan (at least a foot away) and deep breathe through nose. A readymade steamer is a safer option to do so.

For added effect, add 1 spoon crushed ajwain (carom seeds), a dollop of Vicks Vaporub or a table some peppermint/ menthol oil.

If taking steam is not your cup of tea, go for a long, hot & steamy shower in an enclosed cubicle. It will moisturize and decongest your nasal passage.

Gargle with lukewarm Saline Water

Gargling will moisten and soothes a sore and scratchy throat. Take a glass of lukewarm water and dissolve a teaspoon of salt in it. Do it at least thrice a day.

Postural modification

When the nose is completely choked and you are unable to sleep keep an extra pillow under your head and lie on your back. This will drain down the congested nasal passage as the level of head becomes higher than the body.

Garlic & Honey

Garlic and honey are effective natural foods when it comes to relieving cough. Take 4 finely chopped cloves of garlic. Mix them in 2 tablespoons of honey and let the mixture sit overnight. Take 1 teaspoon of this mixture 2 times in a day.

Ginger & Peppercorn (Kali Mirch)

To alleviate hacking cough and irritation in throat, make a paste of ginger and some black pepper corns. Add a tablespoon of honey to this. Take half a spoon of this paste after every couple of hours.

To live healthy & happy, one must keep a check on the body’s functioning by going for regular health checkups. This helps in assessing risk factors and diagnosing diseases at an early stage, which will result in effective treatment and better management of the condition.

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