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Herbal remedies for common cold

Just like the name, “common cold” is indeed very common. You experience runny nose, headache, and pain in throat along with fever. In general, common cold is annoying as it makes you ill. Nonetheless, the good news is common cold can be managed wonderfully with herbal remedies.

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Try the herbal therapies we have explained below:

Peppermint steam

The most common and most effective herbal remedy for common cold symptoms is to inhale the peppermint vapour. Fill a large container with water and add a few drops of peppermint oil or the leaves or just scoop out some peppermint balm and add it to water. Allow the water to boil. Now bring your head close to the steam and cover your head with a towel. Inhale the vapours.

Eucalyptus oil

Get a bottle of eucalyptus oil from a pharmaceutical store. Now pour a few drops in a clean handkerchief or tissue paper. Keep smelling the towel or tissue throughout the day. Carry it with you. The other option is inhaling the steam of eucalyptus oil, following the same process as explained above.

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Honey and tulsi (basil)

If you regularly suffer from common cold and flu, then include this therapy in your daily regimen. Crush 10-12 fresh basil or tulsi leaves and mix it with a tablespoon of honey. Consume this herbal tonic every morning to boost your immunity.

Magic of Chinese Herbs

Traditional Chinese medicines containing herbal extracts work wonders on common cold. They use warming herbs like lian qiao (forsythia) and jin yin (honeysuckle) either individually or prepare a concoction, a specific dose of which is given to the patient with common cold. They not only heal your body but also increase your resistance to infections.

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Drink herbal teas

There’s a wide range of herbal teas that can offer you great deal of comfort and respite from common cold symptoms like the runny nose, sore throat, fever, etc. Whatever tea you are drinking, make sure you add some honey and ginger to it. Chamomile, red clover, green tea, ginseng, and elderberry tea are very effective in healing common cold.

Eat or drink fruits rich in vitamin C

Vitamin C is known for its immune fortifying and antioxidant properties. If your immune system is weak, then this vitamin is a must for you. Well, you don’t need to consume the supplements; rather you can receive it in naturally from citrus fruits. Fill your basket with oranges, grapefruits, amla (Indian gooseberry) and guavas. Juice them out and drink it fresh or you can simply eat the whole fruit every day.

Turmeric and milk

Turmeric is an excellent healing herb and the remedy is very simple. Boil a glass of milk and add half teaspoon of pure turmeric power to it. You can also mix a teaspoon of honey. Drink the milk warm before going to bed to get relief the next day.

Concoction of Indian spices

Yes, we cannot miss out the magical benefits of Indian spices in healing common cold. They include garlic, ginger, black pepper, cloves and cinnamon. Take two teaspoon of ghee or butter and boil these spices. Strain it, allow it to cool a bit and have the shot. You can also massage your chest with this concoction to get over congestion.

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Written by: healthplus24.com team

Date last updated: January 14, 2015

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