In our fast paced lifestyle, we hardly have time to sit back and ponder over something as trivial as cold and cough. We forget that it is the small things in life that cause great damage eventually, if ignored. As the old saying goes, prevention is better than cure always. If you find yourself suffering from uncontrollable cough or a leaky nose every fortnight, then it’s surely something to be handled and tackled immediately.
Cold and cough should not be treated lightly. One has to arrive at the roots and annihilate/treat it completely so that your body does not weaken further because of the infections and the bacteria. If you find yourself suffering from this very common ailment, then read on to gather a few useful tips treat cold and cough the natural way, without the help of antibiotics.
A Good Healthy Diet/ Stay Fit
A healthy body is the ultimate solutions to prevent all diseases. Eat a well-balanced meal and include a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables in your diet. Also make sure you drink a glass of milk everyday and if u are a non-vegetarian then include an egg too. You can include other forms of dairy products too. Once you eat nutritious and healthy food, your body will be more immune to alien forces. Also make it a habit to exercise regularly. Incorporate a workout schedule and also include yoga and meditation. Always remember that a sound and fit body is the only armour that can combat all diseases and ailments.
Natural Remedies to Cure Cold
This is an age old remedy and perhaps almost every household is aware of it. Every morning kick start your day with a glass of warm water mixed with lemon extract and honey. This is very effective in preventing cold. It makes your body stronger and immune. Mustard oil, when applied on the bridge of the nose also cures cold. Winter cold can be effectively cured by a paste made out of honey, ghee, turmeric powder and a pinch of salt. This should be taken two to three times in a day.
Take a bowl of boiling water and inhale the steam that arises from it. This is a very old remedy and one can also add a drop of balm or eucalyptus oil into it. This absorbs all the water inside the head and reduces cold and migraines. Tulasi leaves when taken with honey cures cold and it is also effective for curing many other ailments. To provide relief to cold, pepper is also very effective. Take a little pepper powder in a cloth and roll it. Hold it under a flame and inhale the smoke that arises from it. You can also take a boiled egg with lots of pepper and eat it before going to bed. Make sure you do not drink water after consuming the egg.
Cold can also be cured by eating raw onions twice or thrice a day. Ajwain is also very effective for cold. Roast ajwain and keep it on a cloth. Inhale it while it’s still warm. Another effective remedy is a mixture made out of amla powder and ginger powder. Take this mixture with a little water every morning and evening.
Natural Remedies to cure Cough
Honey is very useful and effective in curing most ailments. To suppress and cure cough take honey in a hot drink before retiring every night. This will prevent night cough and provide better sleep. You can also cure cough by consuming cooked banana. Cut a ripe banana into pieces and fry it using a little ghee. Cook it till it turns brown and consume it once it cools down. If you are suffering from a sudden fit of cough and need to control it then suck on a clove for some time. This will provide a very soothing relief.
If you want to prevent cough then boil a few Basil leaves in water and continue boiling till the mixture reduces and then drink it frequently. You can also make a decoction of a few tamarind leaves along with fried and powdered asafetida and powdered rock salt. Drink this solution for a few days as it is very effective in curing all types of cough. If you are suffering from phlegm congestion, then make a decoction of fenugreek leaves (Meethi) alone with juice of ginger and with a little honey included. Drink it three times during the day.
If you are having difficulty sleeping because of a blocked nose and persistent cough, then this trick is what you need. Put a grain of salt in your mouth and you will find that it has eased your difficulty. Turmeric powder when boiled in milk is also very effective for cough. Apart from that, ginger juice, if taken throughout the day also cures cough. A mixture of lemon juice, honey and glycerin also proves effective for all kinds of cough.
Remember its Contagious/ Take Precautions
It is very important to remember that cold and cough can be contagious. Its best advised to carry a handkerchief and use it while sneezing. Also stay away from people till your cold subsides. If you want to protect others from catching your cold, then place cut onions in every room. This will prevent it from being contagious. Remember to maintain utmost cleanliness and hygiene and you will realize that this prevents you from most diseases and also protects the other members of your family.
These are some natural and easy remedies you can try to cure this problem. Remember to follow it diligently for a long time, for it to bring forth results. For most people this will prove effective. If your problem persists, then its best advised to consult a good medical practitioner as it might be something deeper. If you are suffering from other ailments as well, then make sure you consult a doctor before you plan a diet or before practicing natural remedies. Some products might cause adverse effects if you are experiencing other ailments too. Make sure that you don’t cause damage to yourself while finding the cure for one ailment.
Caution: Please use Home Remedies after Proper Research and Guidance. You accept that you are following any advice at your own risk and will properly research or consult healthcare professional.