Natural cold remedies.
On average adults can expect to get between 2 and 4 colds a year, but can these be avoidable? The common cold is a viral infection of the nose and throat; conventional medicines provide only relief from symptoms and do not work against the virus itself
There is a growing amount of evidence that proves alternative medicines such and zinc and Echinacea can combat the cold virus itself, Both aiding in the prevention and treatment of this seasonal virus.
Menthol is an organic compound extracted from the peppermint, or Mentha piperita, plant family. It can be obtained from various mint plants of the same family or produced synthetically.
This is one of the oldest cold remedies in history, its works by providing relief from nasal congestion and has a mind anesthetic action. Vapor rubs and menthol sweets are the most popular forms.
Garlic has been used as a anti viral remedy for thousands of years
Use garlic when you first notice your cold beginning. Garlic consumption may help boost the immune system to keep you from getting a cold. When symptoms do appear, a garlic supplement or tea may boost your body’s disease-fighting power and soothe your sore throat and cough.
How to use: Consume between 1 and 2 whole cloves of garlic every day. While you’re free to use more, this amount of garlic will most likely give you all the immune system benefits you need to treat colds.
Echinacea is an herbal remedy people often use to treat the common cold. Many people believe that the plant can boost the immune system and reduce the severity or length of colds. Echinacea is one of the best-selling herbal products in the U.S
How to use: Echinacea is best used as a way of prevention, rather combating the effects of a cold if stops your body from developing a cold in the first place. Take 3 / 4 drops of the liquid extract twice a day. we recommend at least 1 week of a month as your body will build up a tolerance to its effects if not.
Zinc contains over 80 enzymes and is one of the most important trace elements our bodies need to function properly. Zinc also plays a key roll in the synthesis of proteins and DNA.
How to use: At the first sign of a sore throat or runny nose take 15-30 ml. of zinc this comes most commonly in lozenge form.
Most famously found in oranges Vitamin C or L-ascorbate acid is also found in a huge amount of other fruits and vegetables. There is now with a wealth of scientific studies proving beyond doubt that vitamin c is one of the top remedies for treating your cold or flu.
How to use: The common cold virus is at its most prolific in the months between November and March. We recommend taking 500mg of vitamin C 4 – 6 times a day, increase this amount at the first sign of a cold.
Other tricks and tips
As well as these great remedies there are lots of other lifestyle changes you can make to improve your chances of avoiding a cold and speed up recovery from any viruses you do encounter.
Gargling can bring temporary relief for a sore throat; try adding a pinch of salt to some warm water and gargling 2 – 4 times a day you can reduce swelling and speed up your recovery
- Keep rested:
Fighting a cold virus uses all your body’s resources, it’s a good idea to get as much sleep as possible over this period and time spent awake make sure you keep warm and eat well to keep up your strength.
- Blow your nose often:
It’s important to remove excess mucus from your system during a cold, when blowing your nose be sure to do it one nostril at a time as pressure can cause a number of problems including ear ache and busting blood vessels
- Drink hot drinks:
Not only are hot drink great for keeping you hydrated but hot liquids relieve nasal congestion
- Avoid flying if possible:
It’s a good idea to avoid the sudden changes in air pressure associated with flying, the effect off your ears popping due to take of or descent can be significantly increased when congested
- Use a extra pillow when sleeping:
By elevating your head during the night it helps to decongest your nose, ears and throat of excess mucus.
- Take a steamy shower:
Not only is this a great way to relax and freshen up but a hot shower helps to loosen your nose and chest when congested.
Remember, serious conditions can masquerade as the common cold and a mild infection can evolve into something more serious. If you have severe symptoms or are feeling sicker with each passing day, see a doctor.