Top 5 Homely Cold Remedies
One of the worst things about winter has to be having a cold or hearing somebody else with a cold. Here are some classic homely remedies to help you feel better if the cold bug bites!
Chicken Soup: Your grandmother was right: chicken soup is the ultimate cure-all. Published research suggests that enjoying a bowl of steamy chicken soup and vegetables, whether prepared from scratch or warmed from a can, can actually slow the movement of neutrophils, the common white blood cells that protect the body from infection. By slowing that movement, the neutrophils can stay concentrated in areas of the body that require the most healing.
Ginger, Honey and Garlic: A few slices of raw ginger root in some boiling water may help soothe a cough or a sore throat, honey in tea with lemon can ease sore throat pain and adding a garlic supplement to your diet might not only reduce the severity of cold symptoms, it may also keep you from getting sick in the first place!
Vapour Rub: You might not like the smell, but old-fashioned topical ointments like vapour rub appear to reduce cold symptoms in children older than two years. Just one or two applications before bed can open air passages to combat congestion, reduce coughing and help children sleep.
Warm Baths: Warm baths are useful to reduce cold and flu symptoms in adults. Adding one box of Epsom salt and one box of baking soda to the water can also help reduce body aches, especially with the addition of a few drops of essential oil. Recommended oils include tea tree, juniper, rosemary, thyme, orange, lavender and eucalyptus.
Vitamin C: The many health benefits of vitamin C means you should always get enough lemons, limes, oranges, and greens in your diet. Adding fresh lemon juice to hot tea with honey or hydrating with hot or cold lemonade can help to reduce phlegm.