The common cold is an infection of the upper respiratory system, and one of the leading causes of doctor visits and missed days from school and work. We have to spend a large amount of money each year on over-the-counter and prescription medicines for relief of cold and flu symptoms, such as a runny nose, headache and sore throat but the fact is that there is no scientific cure for a common cold.Treating a common cold can be extremely difficult, especially if you have small children. Some experts believe that over-the-counter medications can be dangerous when given to children, especially if they are under the age of two, and some popular commercial medications can cause liver damage or failure if taken in high doses. Fortunately there are numerous natural treatments. With the proper tools and remedies you could not only reduce the life span of a cold, you can also prevent your children from catching a cold in the future as well. Here are some natural home remedies for colds that are known to be effective:
Vitamin C: Vitamin C is one of the most effective natural home remedies for colds because it increases the production of white blood cells and can also help prevent the multiplication of viruses while reducing mucus and inflammation in the nasal passageways. You can take vitamin C from different foods that are surprisingly full of vitamin C. The list includes oranges, cauliflower, lemons, broccoli, strawberries, cabbage, peaches, kiwi, tomatoes, and parsley.
Garlic: Garlic contains antiseptic properties that could help protect the immune system against a common cold, and scientific studies have shown that the allocine contained in garlic can also act as a stimulator of white blood cells. The oil in garlic also helps open up the respiratory passages, and if taken in soup form it can help flush out all the toxins in your child’s system and also bring down a fever as well. Boil three to six cloves of chopped garlic in a cup of water, and have your child drink the liquid in a soup form and drink it two to three times a day. If your child is not fond of garlic soup, you could even try dropping three to five drops of garlic oil into their food or drink.
Salt Water Gargle: Forcing your child to gargle with warm salt water may be a daunting task, but it can actually help remove any bacteria from your child’s mouth and throat. Mix about ¼ to ½ of a teaspoon of salt into an 8-ounce glass of warm water, and stir until all of the salt is dissolved before gargling.
Pepper: If your child has a runny or stuffed up nose, eating pepper with a meal, gargling pepper in hot water or even simply smelling pepper can help break apart any congestion in your child’s lungs or sinuses. Pepper can help break up congestion effectively and are also effective in helping getting rid of the germs in the nasal passages as well.
Ginger: Eating ginger raw or drinking ginger tea are both popular natural home remedies for colds that are known to help treat the symptoms of a common cold. Take about ten grams of ginger and cut it up into small pieces before boiling it in a cup of water and then have your child drink the mixture at least two times a day.
Honey: Honey has been used as a cold fighter for years. Experts have found that buckwheat honey can help treat a cough because it coats and soothes an irritated throat, and other researchers have found that it can also help sick children sleep better at night as well. However, if you have a child who is under the age of one, do not give them any honey as it could lead to botulism.
Well, even if you are eating and drinking all of the right things and taking the right supplements, you are not going to feel better without enough sleep. Make sure you sleep as much as you can.