When you have a nagging cough or a cold, it is one of the worst feelings in the world. Not only do you have the constant hacking and sneezing, but your body is left feeling tired, cold, achy, and sick. The common cold has been around for centuries and it has made many of us miserable. While modern science has been able to give us cures for almost every ailment, the medical community is yet to give us a cure for the common cold. So what do you do if you have a cold? Is there any way to combat the issues in a natural way? The answer is yes.
The world is full of natural remedies for the common cold. However you need to remember that there is no total cure for the cold. The remedies that you will find in nature are not cures, but rather they help to treat the symptoms of a cold. So without any further ado, here are the things to look for when you are suffering from a cough or cold.
Water might not be the most illusive treatment for a cold but nonetheless it is a very effective remedy. The cold virus attacks your body and will typically cause dehydration. When a cold attacks and begins to dehydrate your body, the effects of the cold are amplified. The best way to loosen the mucus and the phlegm is to stay hydrated by drinking lots and lots of water. This will also cause your kidneys to work more effectively and thus, make you urinate more often. This can help to flush your system of the invaders.
Honey is a natural remedy that can be found in many areas. Honey mixed with apple cider vinegar is a great remedy for a cold or a cough. However, try to avoid the mixture of honey and alcohol. While this is a common remedy offered to adults, alcohol will increase the production of mucus and it will lead to further dehydration.
We have all used saline drops or spray to loosen or rehydrate a dry nose. Did you know that this is also a great remedy for a cold? When the cold virus attacks your body you will notice that you nose swells and hurts. This is caused by the cytokines in your nose. This is a natural reaction from your body to help fight the virus. Try mixing a quarter of a teaspoon of salt into 8 ounces of water. Spray this solution into your nose every 4 hours.
Green tea is known for helping your body to heal faster and to restore energy levels. However tea is also a great remedy for a cold. Sipping a hot cup of tea will soothe a sore throat and give your immune system a boost to fight off the germs that are making you feel sick.
Zinc is a natural remedy and a naturally occurring element. Many scientists have studied this element and have determined that zinc has the ability to help your immune system to battle a cold. Many lozenges are available that contain zinc. The best lozenges are typically the ones that have around 20mg of zinc.
The next time a common cold gets you down, reach for these natural remedies to combat the illness and help you get back on your feet in a hurry.