Got a cold? Try these home remedies

The common cold is almost guaranteed to affect most people every year. There are many home remedies that you can try to help relieve your symptoms and fight off your cold earlier. We’ve put together some of the best remedies below to help you out this winter season!

Ginger 

…can help many cold symptoms, from nausea to sore throats and coughs. Take a cold pressed ginger shot, add a couple of slices of raw ginger to boiling water for a drink, or add ginger to your meals to get the benefits of it!

Echinacea 

…is a natural cold remedy that has been used for centuries. It contains flavonoids which can help boost your immune system, as well as helping to reduce the length of your cold. Taking echinacea regularly can also reduce your chances of getting another cold! It is available in tea and tablet forms.

Garlic

…has antimicrobial properties that can help reduce your cold symptoms. Adding garlic to your meals is easy, and also helps add flavour to your dishes, so it’s a win-win situation!

Honey and lemon 

…drink for a delicious way to soothe your sore throat and cough. Honey, like garlic, has antimicrobial properties.

Orange Juice 

…contains high levels of Vitamin C, which is ideal for boosting your immune system. Other foods you can try that contain vitamin C include leafy greens, grapefruit, green and red peppers, and blackcurrants.

Salt water 

…gargling can help decrease your cold symptoms. Gargling helps to flush away the bacteria, as well as relieving other cold symptoms such as sore throats.

Drinking

…plenty of fluids stops you getting dehydrated, as well as easing congestion and helping sore throats. Staying hydrated is vital to recovery!

A Steamy bath 

…can help your stuffy nose with aPut some steaming water in a bowl, place a towel over your head and your head over the bowl, and breath in through your nose to help congestion. This remedy comes with the bonus of being good for your skin too!

 

Trying these home remedies will usually help to ease your symptoms, without the use of excessive cold medications. However, if your cold symptoms persist, it is always best to consult with a doctor.