|Home Remedies Index
|A common cold, also known as acute coryza, is an inflammation of the upper respiratory tract caused by infection with
common cold viruses. A common cold occurs more often than any other disease - hence, its name. A person may suffer from
a common cold several times in a year. A cold usually lasts from three to ten days. The patient feels miserable for the first
three days or so.
The initial signs of a cold are a feeling of soreness of the throat and congestion of the nasal passages. Although the disease
normally begins in the nose and throat, it affects all parts of the body. Its usual symptoms are a running nose, sneezing, a
rise in temperature, headache, sore throat, chill, aches and pains in the body, and loss of appetite. The skin around the
nostrils may become sore.
A common cold results from exposure to the virus.
|Its intensity, however, depends upon the state of health of the person and environmental factors. Low vitality, exposure to
cold, lack of sleep, mental depression, fatigue, and factors such as sudden changes in temperature, dust, and other irritating
inhalations are important contributory causes.
Remedies for Common Cold #1
Lemon is the most important among the many home remedies for common cold. It is beneficial in all types of cold with fever.
Vitamin C-rich lemon juice increases body resistance, decreases toxicity and reduces the duration of the illness. One lemon
should be diluted in a glass of warm water, and a teaspoon of honey should be added to it This should be taken once or twice
Remedies for Common Cold #2
Garlic soup is an old remedy to reduce the severity of a cold, and should be taken once daily. The soup can be prepared by
boiling three or four cloves of chopped garlic in a cup of water. Garlic contains antiseptic and antispasmodic properties,
besides several other medicinal virtues. The oil contained in this vegetable helps to open up the respiratory passages. In
soup form, it flushes out all toxins from the system and thus helps bring down fever. Five drops of garlic oil combined with a
teaspoon of onion juice, and diluted in a cup of water, should be drunk two to three times a day. This has also been found to
be very effective in the treatment of common cold.
Remedies for Common Cold #3
Boil 8 corn husks in 4 cups of water for about 30 minutes. Strain and drink. Said to relieve headaches and stuffiness of the
nose during a cold.
Common Cold Home Remedies #4
Chop several leaves of comfrey and add 1/2 cup of elderberries. Add 1 cup of honey and 1 cup of water. Simmer for 30
minutes. Strain and take as needed to produce perspiration and reduce fever. The comfrey leaves produce an aspirin-like
substance and help to ease the discomforts of a cold, as well as soothe inflamed mucous membranes of the throat. Comfrey
is considered a demulcent and an expectorant. The elderberries serve as a diuretic to flush the system.
Common Cold Home Remedies #5- Congestions with Cold
If congestion is present, try this comfrey recipe., Add 2 tablespoons of comfrey root (cut up fine) to 1 pint of water. Bring to
a boil and then simmer for 30 minutes. Strain and sweeten. Take this 3-4 times daily by the cup. Comfrey reduces the
inflammation in the bronchial and alimentary system. It acts as an emollient, demulcent, and expectorant. Not bad for one
simple herb. It also has pain-relieving properties, so you are more comfortable while fighting a cold.
Common Cold Home Remedies #6
Put 1 1/4 cup of dried mustard in 8 cups of boiling water and boil for 10 minutes. Add this liquid to a foot bath to treat colds
and respiratory problems.
Common Cold Home Remedies #7
Mix 1 cup each of dried white yarrow, spearmint, sage, catnip, horehound, verbena, and pennyroyal. Pour 2 cups of boiling
water over 2 1/2 tablespoons of the herb mix. Cover and let stand 10 minutes. Strain and sweeten. Reheat and drink 1 cup
every couple of hours. Use more often if sweating is desired.
Common Cold Home Remedies #8
Chew fresh parsley during a cold. This not only freshens the breath during a cold, but rids the mouth of any bad odors
anytime. Parsley also gives you the extra vitamins you need while suffering through a cold.
Remedies for Common Cold #9
Ginger is another excellent remedy for colds and coughs. About ten grams of ginger should be cut into small pieces and
boiled in a cup of water. It should then be strained and half a teaspoon of sugar added to it This decoction should be drunk
when hot Ginger tea, prepared by adding a few pieces of ginger into boiled water before adding the tea leaves, is also an
effective remedy for colds and for fevers resulting from cold. It may be taken twice daily.
Home Remedies for Common Cold #10
Mullein flower tea has a pleasant taste and is good to soothe inflamed conditions of the mucous membrane lining the throat.
Also relieves coughing. Put a small handful of the mullein flowers in 1 pint of boiling water. Allow to steep 15 minutes. Strain
and sweeten with honey.
Remedies for Common Cold #11
Heat a glass of lemonade and add honey to sweeten. This is a good recipe if you have a cold with a fever. It relaxes you and
is helpful in relieving discomfort.
Remedies for Common Cold #12
The roots of the bitter gourd plant are used in folk medicine to cure a cold. A teaspoon of the root paste, mixed with an equal
quantity of honey, given once every night for a month, acts as an excellent medicine for colds.
Remedies for Common Cold #13
At the onset of a cold, add 1/2 teaspoon each of cinnamon and ginger to 1 cup of scalded milk. Add 1 tablespoon of honey
and drink while hot. Very soothing and stimulating.
Remedies for Common Cold #14
Turmeric is an effective remedy for colds and throat irritations. Half a teaspoon of fresh turmeric powder mixed in 30 ml of
warm milk, and taken once or twice daily, is a useful prescription for these conditions. Turmeric powder should be put into a
hot ladle. Milk should then be poured in it and boiled over a slow fire. This mixture should then be drunk by the patient In
case of a running cold, smoke from the burning turmeric should be inhaled. It will increase the discharge from the nose and
provide quick relief.
|Special Homemade Recipe for Common Cold
Pour 1 gallon of water in a large pan, adding 1/3 cup softened ginger root, 3 cups of
honey, and 1 cup seedless raisins. Bring to a boil and simmer for about an hour. The
top will have to be skimmed every once in a while. Cool, strain, and place in a tightly
closed container overnight in the refrigerator. The next day, squeeze 6 lemons and 4
oranges and add the juice to the mixture. Mix well and drink 2-3 glasses per day. This
will get rid of symptoms pretty fast and clean the system.
|Special Remedy for Cold with Fever
Steep 1 teaspoon of catnip in 1 cup boiling water for 10 minutes.
Strain and add the tea to 1 cup of cherry juice. Catnip has been used
since antiquity to reduce fever by causing the patient to perspire.
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