5 Natural Remedies to Try on Your Next Cold
When you’re studying at University, there’s no good time to get sick. Next time you have a cold, you might be tempted to try an over the counter medication designed to mask your symptoms. If you’d rather not load your body with potentially harmful drugs that could include a litany of side-effects, maybe you’d like to try a more natural remedy. Here’s five home remedies people have used for hundreds of years to try and avoid the nastier symptoms of the common cold. If you do get sick, we hope these tips can help keep you running on all cylinders and continue smashing those uni goals.
1. Increase your liquid intake
Hydration is absolutely key to getting over a cold quickly, though sometimes it may seem like the last thing you want to when you have a head-cold or a sore throat. Water helps flush germs and harmful micro-bodies out of your system, however, so it’s critical to recovery. In the same category are things like tea with honey, which has natural antiviral and antimicrobial properties, as well as hot soup, which helps fight mucus buildup. Tea with honey can help soothe a scratchy throat, while chicken soup in particular has anti-inflammatory properties, so it can help you feel better when you’re down in the dumps.
2. Vitamin C.
Vitamin C’s key benefit during a cold is that it boosts your immune system, which is critical to fighting off the viruses that caused your cold in the first place. Experts recommend getting it through your diet as opposed to the more concentrated dose in a vitamin supplement, which could lead to kidney stones when overused. Vitamin C can be found in oranges, green vegetables like peppers, broccoli, or spinach, or even potatoes.
3. Salt-Water Gargling.
It seems so simple that it probably won’t work, but gargling with salt-water can help provide near-instantaneous relief from a sore throat. Make sure the water is warm but not hot, and saturate it with salt to help make it more effective.
4.Clear Your Stuffed Up Sinuses.
There’s a variety of methods you can use to clear your sinuses. You can try using a hot or cold compress around your nose and eyes, taking a hot shower, or even using aromatherapy. Being stuffed up and unable to breathe is one of the worst symptoms of a cold, and any of these steps will help clear you up in no time.
Getting enough sleep can be tough, but it is absolutely essential to keeping your body and immune system at peak effectiveness. Your body won’t have as good a chance of healing itself quickly if you’re deprived of sleep. Try some of the other remedies in this list to help manage your symptoms if they’re giving you trouble. You’ve been working hard at uni this semester, but go get some rest!
All of these steps may seem relatively straightforward, but when you are in the throes of sickness, you may forget them. Any of them by themselves are good advice, but when you start to combine different remedies, their effectiveness will exponentially increase. Try them out for a more comfortable cold season!