14 Cold Remedies That Work. Some of the best tips I’ve found that are natural!
I have seen lots of people posting about that feeling of the first cold coming on. Allergies are bad too! Makes for a sore throat in the morning especially! A sore throat is usually the first sigh of a cold coming on.
1. If you wake up with a sore throat, and begin to feel a cold coming on, mix hot water, 2 tablespoons of honey, 2 tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar, a dash of cinnamon and 2 tablespoons of lemon juice. Mix well and drink. You will feel better within the hour. Works every time!
2. Stay hydrated. Water, juice, clear broth or warm lemon water with honey helps loosen congestion and prevents dehydration.
3. Rest. Your body needs to heal.
4. Sip warm liquids. Like Lemon Tea:
- 4 tea bags
- 2 teaspoons of grated lemon peel
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- 4 cups boiling water
Boil water. Add lemon peel, lemon juice, and tea bags. Allow steeping for 10 minutes.Serve hot and add milk or sugar. For a variation, try adding vanilla sugar!
5. Add moisture to the air with a cool mist vaporizer or humidifier.
6. If you have a sore throat, gargle with warm salt water. 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon salt dissolved in an 8-ounce glass of warm water.
7. Up your Vitamin C, with OTC capsules or foods high in Vitamin C: Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Lemons. Lychees, American Persimmons and Strawberries.It appears that for the most part taking vitamin C won’t help the average person prevent colds. However, taking vitamin C before the onset of cold symptoms may shorten the duration of symptoms. The RDA or recommended daily allowance is 90 mg for men and 75 mg for women.
8. Eat chicken soup. Chicken soup has been recommended as a remedy for the common cold for hundreds of years, and for good reason. It’s an easy-to-eat source of vitamins, minerals, calories and protein, which are nutrients your body needs in larger quantities while you’re sick.
9. Eat Oranges. Oranges are packed with vitamin C, an essential nutrient when you’re feeling under the weather.
10. Put Vicks VapoRub on your feet and cover with a towel or socks. Vicks VapoRub is a topical cough medication that is applied to the skin to treat coughs and applied to muscles to relieve aches and pain. Both symptoms are frequently caused by the common cold. Or Apply topically to the chest or neck for cough relief that starts working instantly.
11. Break up mucus by rubbing a bit of camphor or menthol salve around – not in! – your nose. You can also reduce congestion by breathing in aromatherapy oils, such as peppermint and eucalyptus.
12. A steamy shower or sauna is a great decongestant. One caution: If you are dizzy or weak from the flu, sit in a chair in your bathroom while you run a hot shower.
13. To help your sinuses drain, sleep with an extra pillow under your head.
14. To soothe a sore throat, steep two teaspoons of shredded ginger in a cup of hot water (if you prefer something cool, use a cup of sparkling water). Drink at least 2-3 cups a day.
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