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Weird Home Remedies for Colds that Actually Work

posted: 11/02/15
by: Katie Morton
Sick Couple Drinking Lemon Tea At Table
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AH-CHOO! 'Tis the season to pass the tissues. We all know the conventional treatment for the common cold virus -- rest and fluids. But what else can you do to help your body recover when you're under the weather? Check out our easy, inexpensive home remedies to help you feel your best in no time.

Elevate your head.

While resting or when you go to sleep, place an extra pillow under your head. The angle can help drain your sinuses so you can breathe easier.

Eat some chicken soup.

Doctors confirm that Grandma was right! Research shows that the gold standard of "sick nutrition" -- eating some chicken soup -- can slow the movement white blood cells that protect the body from infection so they can concentrate in the areas that need healing. The warmth of the broth can ease a stuffy nose while the nutrition of the veggies -- carrots, onions, celery -- can give your body a vitamin boost.

Sip ginger root tea.

Steep several slices of fresh ginger in hot water and sip to sooth a cough or scratchy throat. If your stomach is upset, ginger may also relieve nausea.

Squeeze a lemon!

Some evidence shows that Vitamin C can help reduce the duration and severity of the common cold by supporting your body's natural defenses. Get your vitamin fix by adding some lemon wedges to your tea. Antioxidant-rich green tea is an especially good choice when recovering from a cold.

Use essential oils.

Eucalyptus oil can help relieve congestion. Add a few drops to a steaming bowl of water, drape a towel over your head, and breathe in for ten minutes.

Use honey to combat a cough.

It was discovered that honey was just as effective as a popular cough medicine to suppress a cough. Honey has antibacterial and antimicrobial properties, so a dose of honey can bolster your immune system when you're down. You can use honey in your tea, hot water, or just take a spoonful by itself. (A word of caution: Pediatricians say never to give honey to children younger than age one!)

Use garlic to beat a cold.

No vampires allowed! Garlic contains allicin, which may block enzymes that contribute to illness. Add fresh garlic to your diet as you're recovering from a cold for an immune-boosting trick.

Gargle salt water.

Water + salt = instant relief. Gargling with plain old salt water can help decrease the pain of a sore throat. Just dissolve one teaspoon of table salt in an 8-ounce glass of warm water. You may use this simple home remedy up to 4 times a day.

Take a bath.

A warm soak in the tub reduces fever. Adding a healthy pour of Epsom salts to the water can help relieve stiffness and body aches.

Try one of these home remedies this cold season and you'll be on the way back to good health before you know it!