Natural Remedies For Winter Colds

The winter season brings lots of festive fun and cosy nights in front of the fire, but it can sometimes come with some less welcome additions to the family: colds and flu. Although prevention is the best medicine when it comes to these nasty viruses, they can still sneak into your system and make you miserable for days, or sometimes weeks, on end. There’s not much you can do medicine-wise to treat a common cold, but there are some natural remedies that can bring your symptoms into check.

 

Steam

One of the best-known and most effective ways to clear out a stuffed up head is with steam. A hot shower can sometimes do the trick, but if it doesn’t then try boiling water, filling a bowl with it and covering your head with a towel over the bowl to inhale the steam. To make this even more effective, add a couple drops of rosemary, peppermint or eucalyptus essential oils to the water.

 

Stay hydrated

The best way to beat off a virus is to flush it out; so drinking plenty of fluids is always a good plan of action. This will help break up the congestion in your body, while preventing dehydration (which can make you feel far more ill). Water is ideal, but any non-caffeinated fluids should do the trick.

 

Salt water gargle

Sore, scratchy throats can get instant relief through this old trick. Dissolve a teaspoon of salt in a big glass of warm water and gargle for as long as you can manage; just be sure to spit out the water rather than swallowing it. This should help fight the bacteria in your throat while easing the discomfort.

 

Apply heat

Staying warm and comfortable all over will help you rest easy and ease many of the unpleasant symptoms that come with a cold, but you can also apply heat directly to target specific problems. If your sinuses are congested, swollen and sore, apply hot packs or a hot washcloth to the area.

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