Common Cold | Home Remedies
- Boil teaspoonful of ginger powder or eucalyptus leaves in one quart
of water & inhale the steam.
Congested nose? Apply eucalyptus oil to the sides of your nose!
Or inhale a pinch of calamus root powder in each nostril
- Lemon is the most important among the many home remedies
for common cold. It is beneficial in all types of cold with
fever. Vitamin C-rich lemon juice increases body resistance,
decreases toxicity and reduces the duration of the illness.
One lemon should be diluted in a glass of warm water, and a
teaspoon of honey should be added to it. This should be
taken once or twice daily.
- Garlic soup is an old remedy to reduce the severity of a
cold, and should be taken once daily. The soup can be
prepared by boiling three or four cloves of chopped garlic
in a cup of water. Garlic contains antiseptic and
antispasmodic properties, besides several other medicinal
virtues. The oil contained in this vegetable helps to open
up the respiratory passages. In soup form, it flushes out
all toxins from the system and thus helps bring down fever.
Five drops of garlic oil combined with a teaspoon of onion
juice, and diluted in a cup of water, should be drunk two to
three times a day. This has also been found to be very
effective in the treatment of common cold.
- Ginger is another excellent remedy for colds and coughs.
About ten grams of ginger should be cut into small pieces
and boiled in a cup of water. It should then be strained and
half a teaspoon of sugar added to it. This decoction should
be drunk when hot. Ginger tea, prepared by adding a few
pieces of ginger into boiled water before adding the tea
leaves, is also an effective remedy for colds and for fevers
resulting from cold. It may be taken twice daily.
- Lady's fingers are highly valuable in treating
irritation of the throat and a persistent dry cough. This
vegetable is rich in mucilage and acts as a drug to allay
irritation, swelling, and pain. About 100 gm of lady's
fingers should be cut into pieces, and boiled down in half a
litre of water to make a decoction. The steam issuing from
this decoction may also be inhaled once or twice a day to
relieve throat irritation and a dry cough.
- The roots of the bitter gourd plant are used in folk
medicine to cure a cold. A teaspoon of the root paste, mixed
with an equal quantity of honey or tulsi leaf juice, given
once every night for a month, acts as an excellent medicine
- Turmeric is an effective remedy for colds and throat
irritations. Half a teaspoon of fresh turmeric powder mixed in
30 ml of warm milk, and taken once or twice daily, is a useful
prescription for these conditions. Turmeric powder should be put
into a hot ladle. Milk should then be poured in it and boiled
over a slow fire. This mixture should then be drunk by the
patient. In case of a running cold, smoke from the burning
turmeric should be inhaled. It will increase the discharge from
the nose and provide quick relief.
- Tamarind-pepper rasam is also considered an effective home
remedy for a cold in South India. Dilute 50 mg tamarind in 250
ml of water. Boil the diluted tamarind water for a few minutes
with a teaspoon of hot ghee and half a teaspoon of black pepper
powder. This steaming hot rasam has a flushing effect, and
should be taken three times a day. As one takes it, the nose and
eyes water and the nasal blockage is cleared.