Thursday, October 22, 2009

Home Remedies for Cold

With the temperatures dropping rapidly, it seems like the weather is in a hurry to go from summer to winter with no intention to stop for fall in between. We are already facing frost advisories and are bracing ourselves for a cold winter. Sudden changes in the temperature and colder weather also mean that the dreaded cold season is upon us.

Having a cold can be such a drag on our daily activities, sneezing, sore throat, stuffy nose and a heavy head are only some of the symptoms that we have to contend with while trying to go about our daily routine. Here are some home remedies that are simple and effective for some of the symptoms of cold using common items from around the home.

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For that lousy heavy head feeling that almost always arrives at the first sign of cold...

Heat a flat heavy dry clean pan to a medium heat, roll a fresh clean dry terry wash cloth or napkin and place one end of the towel on the pan for a second or two. Remove, feel with your palm to see if it is warm ( Caution it should NOT be hot just warm) then place the warm part of the towel on your forehead. Repeat this process and place the warm part of the towel from side to side on your forehead. Also place this warm part of the towel on your throat. This helps in soothing your throat and reduces the heavy headed feeling caused by cold.

For a heavy headed feeling that persists despite the above treatment...

Heat a flat heavy pan, dry roast 2 tbsp of rock salt. When the salt gets warm roll it in a dry terry wash cloth or napkin or even a muslin cloth. Place the rolled cloth or napkin from side to side on your forehead and on your throat ( Make sure the rolled cloth or terry towel is warm not hot before placing it on your forehead)

For a persistent cough,

Warm 1/4 cup water on the stove top or microwave, add a teaspoon of honey to it. Mix thoroughly and drink it up. Do this preferably at night before going to bed for a cough free sleep.
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For a sore throat,

Warm 1/2 cup or water on the stove top or microwave, mix 1/2 teaspoon of salt in it thoroughly. Pour a small amount of this mixture in your mouth and gargle for a few seconds. Spit out the water and continue until the rest of the water is used up. Do this 3 to 4 times a day for a quick relief from sore throat. A point to remember is that you should avoid doing this immediately after any meal. Wait at least 30 minutes after a meal to try this method.

For a stuffy nose,

Heat a large pot half filled with water and allow the water to come to a boil. When the water starts boiling, add 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of Vicks vaporub to it and remove from heat, Place the container on a flat, heat resistant surface and place your face as close as is bearable for you and cover your head and the vessel with a large sheet or towel completely, so the heat does not escape from it. Inhale this steam for about 2 to 3 minutes, slowly raise your head when done. Try this and see how much better that makes you feel, this is a great way to clear up stuffy nose.

And finally....

Warm a cup of milk, add 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder, a pinch of freshly ground pepper, half to one teaspoon of sugar and mix well. Drink this once or twice a day for soothing your throat and a quicker recovery from the cold. Turmeric is known for its anti infection properties and this turmeric milk is a great way to beat the cold and get well sooner.

Most of these home remedies are something that we have followed since childhood and they are surprisingly effective despite its simplicity. I am sure there are many more simple home remedies that are followed in different households, if you know any such remedies that you would like to share, please feel free to leave them in your comments, I am sure all of us will benefit from more such ideas this season.

27 comments :

Preeti Kashyap said...

Awesome Post!...I needed this as winter is setting in.

Gulmohar said...

Thanks a lot for visiting Collaborative curry :-) Thanks for reminding about these simple remedies in this flu season...

Priya said...

Thanks for sharing all these remedies, definitely helpful for many of us...pepper milk, i do prepare for sore throat..

Madhu said...

Nice post Usha, right in time for winter.

Sumathi said...

Timely post.. One more easy thing to do is heat a pan , add few ajwain seeds to it and when it starts becoming smoky inhale the smoke, reduces cold and heavy heads..

Nandini said...

Wonderful healthy remedies! Perfect for winter!

sowmya.s said...

am bookmarking this post..so very useful..

Prathibha said...

Bookmarked..thank you

K said...

Usha, nice of you to write this! Really useful for everyone.
I usually do that last remedy. I boil a glass of milk with turmeric in it. It works for me.

aquadaze said...

I don't quite like turmeric milk but I quite like the way it works!

lata raja said...

Very useful post Usha. Very effective remedies.

Chitra said...

Nice , useful post at the rite time.i too have a mild cold.will follow urs

Spice said...

Hi Usha,
First time here....agree with what u wrote in your profile....specially like this post. You won't beleive i'm working on similar kind of post(it's in the draft taking shape)...i'm a big big fan of home remedies...

Cham said...

I didn't know the first one! Definetly winter is right at the corner and everyone needs some quick actions.

Pam said...

Great post. I wish I read this last week when I had a terrible cold.

Parita said...

Fantastic post!

Happy cook said...

This post will really come in handy this winter.

Paru ... said...

very useful roundup of remedies..I agree with you, they are simple and effective.

Ana Powell said...

Thanks for the information, very useful.
Have a great weekend x

roma said...

So true! These things are really effective. Also, adding few drops of eucalyptus oil to hot water before bathing helps sooth a cold.

Thanks for sharing these ideas. A very useful post indeed.

Valarmathi said...

Bookmarked, useful post.

Vegan Marketing said...

Great Blog Usha...Thanks for the reminder about heaters for winter. I will try this kind of soup, it looks yummy to me. Hope i can get more recipe when i come back to your blog site.

Sarah Naveen said...

Hey Usha..
Thanks a lot for stopping by Vazhayila!!!

this is a very informative post.So next time when my hubby catches cold,i do not want to get tensed and call up my mom in the midnight rit :)

Mythreyi Dilip said...

Nice and useful post Usha, posted at right time:)

Sonia said...

Hi Usha, May I come in? :) You have neat blog with nice recipes. I read your profile first, you wrote in good words. :)
Here, these remedies uses in my home back in India when needed. I like your idea of home remedies here.:)

Supriya said...

very well written post for the common cold remedies :) I will surely bookmark it

sangeeta said...

great reminder of the age old practices...these things are so simple and yet often forgotten...it's so much better than popping pills....
you have a great blog n i loved the recent posts abpot potato with flax n quinoa and the mung salad....it's my type of food completely..

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