I very seldom catch colds and make the worst patient when I do succumb. I do not believe in taking over the counter medicines because as far as I am aware there is no proven scientific cure. So why bother wasting money. Also, some of the over counter medicines can do more harm than good, especially when treating young children. It is easy to overdose particularly if you taking several medicines.
Natural remedies can be just as effective as over the counter remedies and are safe.
Here are ten natural remedies that are known to be just as effective in treating the common cold:
1. Vitamin C
Vitamin C is one of the most effective natural remedies in treating a cold because it increases the production of white blood cells, and can also help prevent the multiplication of viruses while reducing mucus and inflammation in the nasal passageways.
You can take vitamin C in a pill form, but other foods that are surprisingly packed full of vitamin C include oranges, cauliflower, lemons, broccoli, strawberries, cabbage, peaches, kiwi, tomatoes, and parsley.
As many mothers probably already know, the key to curing any type of cold is to drink lots of fluid. Of course this can come in the form of water or juice, but tea is a hot liquid that can help prevent the drying of your child’s throat and nose. Drinking tea is also another popular, natural home remedy for treating flus because it can help prevent dehydration as well.
Chamomile and green tea specifically can be extremely effective in treating a cold because like other teas they act as an antioxidant which can help remove any toxins in the body as well as bacterial infections.
Garlic contains antiseptic properties that could help protect the immune system against a common cold, and scientific studies have shown that the allocine contained in garlic can also act as a stimulator of white blood cells. The oil in garlic also helps open up the respiratory passages, and if taken in soup form it can help flush out all the toxins in your child’s system and also bring down a fever as well.
Boil three to six cloves of chopped garlic in a cup of water, and have your child drink the liquid in a soup form and drink it two to three times a day. (If your child isn’t a fan of garlic soup you could even try dropping three to five drops of garlic oil into their food or drink).
4. Salt water gargle
Forcing your child to gargle with warm salt water may be a daunting task, but it can actually help remove any bacteria from your child’s mouth and throat. Mix about ¼ to ½ of a teaspoon of salt into an 8-ounce glass of warm water, and stir until all of the salt is dissolved before gargling.
If your child has a runny or stuffed up nose, eating pepper with a meal, gargling pepper in hot water, or even simply smelling pepper can help break apart any congestion in your child’s lungs or sinuses. Pepper can help break up congestion effectively thanks to its capsaicin components which are known to thin mucus, and they are also effective in helping getting rid of the germs in the nasal passages as well.
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Hygiene tips to avoid getting a cold
- Wash your hands with soap and warm water each time you touch a surface that may be covered in germs, or if you shake hands with an individual that may be sick.
- Keep an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with you when you are out and about and have no access to a sink.
- Use disinfectant wipes to clean surfaces that other people have previously touched, such as in an office environment or a gym.
- Try to avoid touching your eyes, mouth, or nose without first washing your hands.
- Don’t share eating utensils, plates, or glasses without first washing them with soap and hot water.
Look after your self
- Eat balanced nutritious meals
- Get enough sleep – aim for 7 to 9 hours per night
- Exercise at least 3-4 times per week