You feel miserable and want a quick remedy. Sorry no real quick fixes here, but I can share some natural ways to help you soothe the various symptoms, so you aren’t as miserable.
Gargling salt water with warm water can help soothe a dry throat and hacking cough. You can also gargle with honey and lemon.
- Have an extra pillow
Adding an extra pillow at night will evaluate your head to keep your nasal passages clear at night, and hopefully you can get some sleep.
- Heat and/or cold packs
This depends on what suits you best – some people find applying heat packs to the sinuses beneficial. You may also like to have a cool cloth on their head. There’s no need to buy anything expensive, a simple wet facecloth will suffice. Soak in either hot or cold water, possibly with some essential oils, (defense shield, airway, lavender, eucalyptus or tea tree oil) and place over the forehead for immediate relief.
Steam from a hot bath or bowl of boiling water will do wonders for clearing your nasal packages and enabling you to breathe again. A boiling hot shower or bath will help you feel refreshed and moisturize your nasal passages. Alternatively, others favor the bowl of boiling water approach, and inhaling the steam. This is particularly effective when essential oils were added, and the combined effect can relieve some of the worst symptoms.
- Eat more fruit
Somehow you need to get more Vitamin C in you, whether that is eating fruit, drinking fruit juice or taking supplements. Citrus helps to loosen mucus in the nose and sinuses, moisturize the nasal passages and increase the body’s level of Vitamin C. This is essential to help increase the body’s reserves so you can effectively fight off the infection.
Garlic supports the immune system and can help fight the infection present in colds and the flu. Garlic has several key ingredients that have antiviral properties, and when combined with other remedies, e.g. honey, can prevent a cold turning into full-blown flu. It’s best to use real garlic vs garlic pills.
Cinnamon has so many uses, and fighting colds and flu is one of the main ones. Cinnamon contains antibacterial and antiviral properties, making it an excellent weapon against colds and flu. When mixed with honey and hot water, the tea fights any infection, and is calming and soothing to help with sleep.
Anyone who has a cold should have some camomile, whether it is the essential oil, tea or a candle. Camomile can reduce inflammation and fever, and has calming properties to help with sleep.
The capsule form of ginger is best for colds and flu; ginger has been shown to reduce the nausea and vomiting, headaches and fever that are associated with colds and flu.
Peppermint has been widely publicized as having numerous health benefits, and colds and flu are no different. Peppermint may be excellent for digestion, but it is also very useful for bringing a fever down.
Do you have any secret tips to help fight colds?