10 Amazing Home Remedies For Cold And Cough
Blocked nose and an achy head, you don’t have to be a doctor to know that you are suffering from cough and cold. Cough and cold put most of us through hell.
Often we treat cold and cough as a disease. So as soon as we start coughing, we pop up medicine. But most of us do not realize that sometime cold or cough is not a disease but a way for the body to flush out toxins
In other words, it could be one of the symptoms of Detox. Let me explain how.
Our Body is always in the process of detoxification. Sometimes when there are too many toxins, body start throwing those toxins out of the body in the form of cold or cough.
Popping a medicine at early stage will not only disrupt the process of detoxification but also lead to other health problem. Moreover, the counter medicine or antibiotic does not cure the problem but temporarily heals the symptoms.
However, the cough and cold will reoccur after couple of weeks. So treating the cold and caught naturally is beneficial in a long run. Keep reading further to know home remedies for cough and cold.
Definitely, the symptoms of cold and cough disrupt our daily routine. However, In Ayurveda and Naturopathy, there are various natural ways to heal cold and cough without disrupting the body natural process. Keep reading further to know the home remedies for cough and cold.
Natural Remedies don’t just cure cough and cold but build your immunity hence make you less susceptible to viral and bacterial infection
Natural ways to keep cold and Cough stay away from you
Before we discuss about the home remedies for cough and cold, how good it would be if we could avoid or reduce the frequency of getting cough or cold in a year. Nature has blessed us with lot’s of natural fruit packed with nutrients that not only make us strong but also supports our immune system. So Ready to get Started?
Ayurveda and Yoga suggest, it is important to purify the body for its efficient functioning. There are six different techniques of purification defined in Yoga commonly called as Shatkarma.
Jalneti is one of the methods of shatkarma. It’s a technique where lukewarm salted water is poured from one nostril and flushed out from another removing toxins and dust from the nasal.
Why Jalneti Should Be A Part of Your Morning Routine?
Unfortunately we live in a polluted world. Due to pollutants in the air, sinus cavities is continuously subjected to dust, germs and toxins. These dusts get accumulated on sinus cavity causing an inflammation.
With regular practice of Jalneti, the clogged impurities and toxins are washed away. Apart from bringing relief in cold and cough, jalneti helps in curing Sinus and Migraine. Jalneti is a must technique especially for the people who lives in metro cities or polluted places.
Find out the method and Do’s And Don’t of Jalneti:
Consumption of Garlic And Ginger
Garlic contains Allicin which has anti microbial properties. Regular consumption of Ginger and Garlic keep the cold away. It is beneficial if you try to eat ginger and garlic in raw form. You can also add ginger in green Tea.
Pack Your Diet With the Fruits Rich in Vitamin C
Nature has gifted us with the varieties of fruits like Guava, Grapes,Oranges,Lemon etc. There are lot of confusion and myth surrounded with fruits rich in Vitamin C. There is a myth that Guava ,Grapes should be avoided as it causes cough. I have seen lot of people avoid fruits rich in Vitamin C for the same reason.
Have you ever wondered why Guavas and Oranges are abundantly found in Winter?
Winter is a season for cold and cough. The dry air gives the perfect home for cold and flu viruses.Hence we are more susceptible to cold and cough.
This is where Vitamin C fruits comes to our rescue. Both the fruits are high in Vitamin C. Vitamin C fights of cold and build your immune system strong.
Say Hello To The Early Morning Sunlight
Apart from keeping your bones strong and keeping your calcium checked, vitamin D plays a major role in supporting your immune system.
Include Yoga As A Part Of Your Physical Regime
Yoga Asana and Breathing exercises (Prananyam) helps in building internal heat. Regular practice of Yoga balances the Seven Chakras and build immunity.
8 Natural Home Remedies for Cold And Cough
Home made cough syrup
It is an excellent and most effective home remedy that works amazingly well in cold and cough. It is a concentrated home made water made from Tulsi, ginger, dalchini, clove and black pepper.
All of the ingredients are easily available in kitchen and most of the ingredients are used in cough syrup available in the Market
Take one liter of water. Add 10 to 20 leaves of basil (Tulsi), clove, dalchini, Black Pepper,Cinnamon and ginger. Bring the water to boil. Boil the water till it is half in the quantity.
You can additionally add honey to make it sweeter.
I am sure, everyone has heard about the old grandma remedy for cold. It is one stop solution for congestion in chest or clogged sinus. On the bright side, it is completely natural and has no side effect.
During cold, the blood vessel of Sinuses is swollen. Steam Therapy is a process where warm humid vapor is inhaled through nose and mouth. The warm and moist vapor eases the inflammation, loosen the mucous allowing them to clear more easily.
There are various ways of taking steam. The most common way of steam inhalation is to cover your head over the hot water bucket with a big towel and breathe the warm vapor.
You can also use electric steam inhaler machine. They are easy to use with low maintenance. All You need to do is add the tap water into the electric inhaler. You can enhance the efficiency by adding vicks vaporub or an essential oil in the water Make sure that you cover yourself using a blanket or a towel during steam therapy.
Salt Water Gargling
Salt Water Gargling is an another old wives tales which you must had heard from your grandma. Hot salt water gargling helps in loosening the mucous which removes bacteria and fungus from throat.
Let’s understand the science behind the salt water gargling. The addition of salt in the hot water create an osmosis effect where the concentration of the salt draws fluid from your mouth and throat to relieve from painful infection.
Chicken soup with black pepper
If you are a non vegetarian, chicken soup works well for sore throat.
Don’t forget to add a pinch of crushed black pepper in the soup to spice up the flavor and enhance its medicinal properties
Elevate your head
If you are suffering from congestion, the dry cough hits the most during early morning and evening. Elevating your head and sucking raw ginger gives instant relief from cough.
Use a heating pad on your chest. It soothes the mucous and congestion in your chest . I have personally used it while I was suffering from cough and it worked miraculously. You can either use a electric heating pad or hot water bottle.
Turmeric is known for its medicinal benefits. Turmeric is rich in curucumin. Curcumin serves as an anti-inflammatory agent and also possess anti-bacterial and anti-viral action. The property of curcumin helps in reducing the inflammation and aids in loosening of cough.
I have personally used it plenty of times and it works as phenomenally.
Procedure to prepare Turmeric milk
Take a stick of turmeric and grind it and make a powder. You can also add few pepper corn.
Add one and a half spoon of the above powder in one and glass of milk and bring it to boil. Boil for 15-20 min and the turmeric milk is ready.