With the onslaught of winters, we now have the issue of impending cold, flu and fever to deal with. These seemingly harmless (and thankfully, relatively painless) issue is no annoying that it cannot be compared to any other medical issue. Although to some people, flu might be more irritating, cough is an equally mind numbing issue (like literally). The first sign that you might be getting a cough thanks to the cold is the sore throat as raspy voice. And although everyone would rather run to a doctor to get a shot of antibiotic as soon as possible, we would rather recommend the top ten home remedies to treat cold in the comfort of your home! The usual precautions do apply though, them being the fact that you should exhibit caution before trying anything even remotely linked to your health, without complete assurance being safe. We would also recommend that in case the situation gets worse, you should ditch the home remedies and seek professional medical help.
10. Drinking Lots of Water
The first home remedy on our list of ten home remedies to treat cold is one of the most obvious ones, drink plenty of water. Not only does the water keep you hydrated, it also keeps your throat moist which helps with the raspy voice as well as the pain associated with a dry and sore throat. We would recommend drinking slightly warm water and nothing too cold because that can hurt the throat even more and can make it worse. Furthermore, along with water, we recommend homemade soup, fruit juices and other decaffeinated drinks to ease your cough.
9. Blow Your Nose
Now this might not seem like a very important thing to do but trust us when we say that blowing your nose regularly can really help with the whole situation. Therefore, the next home remedy on our list of ten home remedies to treat cold is to press and block one nostril, while blowing the other one’s brains out! Jokes apart, you do need to take this seriously because let’s face, although sniffling up the mucus is the most convenient way, it’s not the best as far as health is concerned. We would recommend that you don’t blow both nostrils at the same time as sometimes that can lead to an ear ache.
8. Stay Warm
The next advice on our list of ten home remedies to treat cold is another one of those grandma advices but it works just as well in your never ending war with the bough of flu and cold. The moment you feel like you are about to come down with a cold, get comfortable under a blanket and make sure you keep your body warm. A lot of people use hot water bottles inside the blankets for that extra warmth.
7. Breathing Steam
Another one of the most tried and tested remedies to help counter cold, fever and flu breathing in steam. This serves sort of the same purpose as the remedy before this on our list of ten home remedies to treat cold. All you need to do is bring a pan of water to boil and then breathe in the steam coming out of the boiling water. Make sure that you insulate your face from the environment so as to take in as much steam as you can. Also, be sure to breathe through your mouth and not through your nose as clearing the nose is the main purpose of this exercise.
6. Washing your nose
This step is just as important as blowing your nose. While you might think that blowing your nose will technically clear it, it is not so and therefore you need to take some extra measures. All your need to do is take a clean bubble syringe and fill it with a mixture that you make in the following manner. Make sure you take boiling water as that is as sterile as it gets. Add ¼ of salt and ¼ of baking soda to the water and fill the syringe with this mixture. Now all you need to do is block one nostril and squirt the mixture into the other nostril, ever so lightly (you are not playing water gun with your own nose if we might add). This will certainly help you in the longer run.
5. Taking a Hot Shower
Try taking a steaming hot shower to ease the fatigue associated with the bout of cold and fever. But remember that you need to get inside a warm blanket as soon as you get out of the shower as your body temperature would be soaring after a hot shower. The last thing you want is to catch a burst of wind or cold air while in that situation because that would make your recovery proceedings go down the drain.
4. Vapor Rubs
The next remedy on our list of ten home remedies to treat cold is regarding vapor rubs. You can use mentholated salves under the nose which will not only help with the rash on the nose from blowing too much but will also help with the breathing process.
3. Keeping Your Head High
We are not talking about walking with grace here, we are talking about keeping your head slightly higher than the rest of your body so as to help relieve the congestion in the nostrils and nasal passages.
The next remedy on our list of ten home remedies to treat cold is gargles, there is perhaps nothing better that can cure a sore throat or at least aid in the process. You can do gargles with plain water or water mixed with salt (warm water in either case) and it will help you all the same. Seek the assistance of someone who has already done it if you, yourself are new to the process.
1. Egg Nog
Last but not the least, we all know that a cold targets our immune system and is basically something associated with germs. For all that more, the last thing we would recommend you do on our list of ten home remedies to treat cold is to drink egg nog. It won’t only provide you with the needed warmth for your insides, it will also strengthen your immune system and help protect you against the germs by fortifying your system in a spectacular way.