Home Remedies For Tackling a Dreaded Cold

Autumn and Winter are beautiful seasons… until they give you a cold! 

We all know how it feels to be struck down with a cold; stuffy nose, banging headache, chesty cough, sore throat and aches and pains all over the place! We often just sit and let it take its course whilst moaning and feeling sorry for ourselves… but there are a few things that we can do in order to make having a cold more bearable and make it go away that little bit quicker!

  • Detox Bath: baths are a great way to relax and unwind, but they can also be very helpful when suffering from a cold! The hot steam can help clear your blocked sinuses and ease aches and pains. You can turn a normal bubble bath into a detox bath by adding the likes of Epsom Salts or essential oils! Epsom Salts are magnesium crystals which have a calming effect on your body! The hot steam and the calming of the Epsom Salts will help you to get a better nights sleep! Essential oils are a lovely addition to any bath… but certain ones can be beneficial when trying to get rid of a cold. Eucalyptus can help to open up your sinuses whereas lemon can boost the immune system, you could also use lavender, which often has a calming effect.
  • My partner once made me a homemade hot drink to help me to fight a cold. It was a very simple recipe and it was much nicer than the shop bought beverages such as lemsips! He boiled lemons and oranges in water with sugar and honey, after some time sieved the liquid into my favourite mug, putting a piece of fresh lemon in as a finishing touch. It was quite refreshing and definitely made me feel a little better! I will definitely be keeping this simple, cheap recipe in mind for future references… If you would like to try something a little more extravagant; I found a recipe online for a ‘Charcoal Beauty Elixir’ which is said to work wonders if you are suffering from a cold! This recipe does sound really nice, including lemon, lavender, honey and coconut charcoal… I may give it try for myself in the future; you can find the recipe with instructions here!
  • Honey is great for battling a cold as it filled with antioxidants and can help to boost the immune system. As stated above, you can add honey to a homemade recipe or you could add it to the likes of green tea or camomile tea! Honey is especially beneficial for coughs and sore throats.
  • Chicken soup… this is a go-to food for me when I am feeling unwell. Chicken and vegetable soup can help to ease sore throats and coughs, the heat is a huge benefit too, with studies showing that drinking hot beverages over cold/room temperature beverages is much more beneficial when tackling a cold, not only easing sore throats but also helping with stuffy noses and fatigue.

These are just some of the many home remedies for fighting cold and flu, there are many different ones that you can try! Take a look at some of the links below for more ideas:

MayoClinic – Cold Remedies: What Works and What Doesn’t!

EverydayHealth – 10 Doctor Approved Cold Remedies!

HealthLine – 18 Remedies To Get Rid Of Headaches

If you know of any good remedies for cold and flu, please feel free to share them in the comments below!

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