There is no magic pill that will cure the common cold, nor is there anything to shorten its duration. However, there are ways you can reduce its symptoms and make your cold as tolerable as possible. Here are a few natural ways to do so.
1. The Power of Warmth!
Drinking warm liquids can help you:
• Soothe your cough
• Reduce sneezing
• Make your throat less sore
• Give you energy
A good way to clear up your cold is to drink some herbal tea and make it hot. Chamomile tea with honey and lemon works wonders, and so does peppermint. Coffee can help you get energy as well. And the old wives’ tale about chicken soup helping with colds is absolutely true. Also, a hot shower can clear up your nose!
2. Invest in a Humidifier
A humidifier adds moisture to the air. If your home is dry, this can make your cold worse because it’s harder to drain mucus. Buy a humidifier and keep it running, especially at night.
3. The Power of Salt Water
If your throat’s sore, gargling salt water can help relieve the symptoms. Pour an 8 oz. glass of water and put a quarter of a teaspoon of salt in there. Mix it, gargle it for a minute, and spit it out.
Sleep is vital when treating your cold. Without it, your body won’t be able to fight off the infection well. Try napping more during the day. Call in sick for work or school if you must. If you can’t, go to bed as early as you can.
5. Try Cough Drops
Look for cough drops made from natural herbs. Cough drops can soothe your throat and suppress your cold. Not only that, but they come in some tasty flavors.
A cold isn’t fun, but by taking these steps, you can make your experience easier.