Natural Cold Remedies
Are you catching a cold? It wouldn’t be surprising! With all the midterms and assignments due just before reading break, your body is likely more run down than usual! Your immune system is trying to help you, but if you’re low on sleep, food, free time, and your immune system will be as tired as you are! With reading break just around the corner, I don’t know about you, but I sure don’t want to be stuck in bed with a cold!
Medicines like Buckley’s, Benelyn, Tylenol, etc do work, but they are often expensive, and sometimes I don’t always feel awesome taking 8 pills a day to relieve a cough and sore throat! So here is a list of natural remedies to relieve different common symptoms that won’t break the bank! Let’s get you on the mend so you can get out and enjoy reading break!
- Drink, Drank…
- Fluids, fluids and more fluids! They help break up congestion, makes your throat moist, and keeps you from getting dehydrated! Water, sport drinks, herbal tea, any tea honestly, ginger ale!
- Honey is a time-honoured remedy for a sore throat, but it is also good for relieving a cough! You can mix together two teaspoons of honey with herbal tea, warm water, and a personal favourite – lemon!It is also said that local honey – that made from bees who live in your area – is EVEN better for your body, as it has all of the pollens and other environmental factors of where you live.
- Steam it Up
- Breathing in steam can loosen up your stuffy nose! Hold your head over some boiling, or better yet, very hot water! But be careful and don’t let it burn you! A humidifier can also provide some relief, or a nice hot shower! Essential oils can add relief or mental relief at this time too!
- Weird! I know, but have you ever heard of bromelain? An enzyme found in the stem and fruit of the pineapple, it can help suppress coughs and loosen mucus in the throat! To get the full benefit, either eat a slice of pineapple or drink 3.5 ounces of juice each day. That’s about 100 mL, less than half a cup!
- Blow Your Nose
- THIS ONE SHOULD BE OBVIOUS I KNOW. But someone I know, I won’t name names, but they passed on this cold to me! But they would sit and sniffle for an hour before even thinking about getting Kleenex. Get. That. Out. Of. Your. Body. Just be careful not to blow too hard, as you’ll send that germy phlegm into your ear passages! Can you say ear ache? Try pressing a finger over one nostril and blow gently until clear.
- Peppermint leaves are well known for their healing properties, as the menthol in the peppermint soothes sore throats, and acts as a decongestant! You can drink peppermint tea, or by inhaling peppermint in a steam bath! Try this using peppermint oil!
- Thyme can help relieve coughing and short-term bronchitis. I don’t know that I would forgo antibiotics with thyme, but to help relieve a cough I would! You can crush 2 tsp. of thyme leaves and combine with 1 cup of boiling water! Cover the cup, steep for 10 minutes and strain!
- Salt Water
- Salt water gargling is a simple, tried and true method relieving an itchy/scratchy sore throat. Mix ½ tsp of salt with 8 ounces of warm water! That’s just over a cup, and then gargle for best results!
- Saline Rinse
- Speaking of salt water, neti-pots and bulb syringes are the BEST. Medicine free, and they provide instant relief to a really stuffed up nose. This method got me through a softball tournament with a sinus infection IN JULY. Make sure to always use distilled or previously boiled water! Otherwise you might be flushing out your sniffer with water that could give you an infection!
- Pad it Up
- Try using an extra pillow under your head when you are getting ready for bed! This can help relieve congestion, and if the angle is too steep for your liking, tile your mattress or box spring to make everything a little more gradual! A small change can make all the difference!