Is there a natural way to cure a cold?
Everyone wants to know is there a natural way to cure a cold? The answer is no. A cold is a viral infection of the nose and throat and will usually last 1-10 days. Common symptoms include:
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Sore throat
- Slight body aches
- Mild headache
- Low-grade fever
- Generally feeling unwell
There is no cure for the common cold but there are ways that you can provide natural cold relief. Some of these ways also help the bodies naturally defenses to speed healing and increase immune response.
How to Help Relieve Cold Symptoms
- Sleep with head elevated. This will help drain nasal passages and help move along mucus
- Warm or cold packs. around nasal passages. This will help relieve congestion
- Sinus rub. Take your pointer fingers and rub in a circular downward motion. Start at the bridge of the nose and rub on either side. The circular helps to open the nasal passages.
- Blow your nose. Blowing your nose will help rid the body of mucus and the bacteria in it. It will also help relive sinus pressure.
- Drink hot beverages. Hot teas and hot honey and lemon will help sooth a sore throat, break up mucus, and relieve congestion.
- Boost the immune system. Zinc and vitamin c have both been shown to stimulate the immune system and aid in quicker recovery.
- Essential oils. Some oils are great for easing congestion and have antimicrobial properties. My favorites include lemon, peppermint, eucalyptus, and tea tree. *** ALWAYS CHECK FOR AGE APPROPRIATE OILS***
- Honey and Lemon Both honey and lemon have antimicrobial properties and antioxidants that aid in relieving cold symptoms and speed up healing. Honey also helps to coat and sooth a irritated throat. One of my favorites is a homemade cough syrup that has both honey and lemon in it. I sometimes give it to by the spoonful or add it to a nice hot tea. You can find the recipe for it below. ***DO NOT GIVE HONEY TO CHILDREN UNDER 12 MONTHS***
- 3/4 cup Raw Honey
- 1/4 extra virgin olive oil
- 2-4 tablespoons organic lemon juice or you can substitute raw apple cider vinegar
- 1/2 cup fresh grated ginger
- Measuring Cup
- Measuring Spoons
- Mason Jar
- Grate Ginger
- Place 1/2 cup grated ginger in a small pot.
- Add 3/4 cup honey to grated ginger
- Add Olive oil
- Bring to a slow boil
- Allow to cool
- Add Lemon Juice
- Add cinnamon(optional)
- Pour in airtight container
- For best potency cover and allow to infuse for at least 8 hours. If needed right away you can skip this step and go straight to #10
- Strain the syrup
- Pour it in a clean jar and place in the fridge.
- It should be good for 4-6 weeks
If you have alot of chest congestion a 1/2 tsp of cayenne pepper added will help loosen it up.
I like to add cinnamon to mine but it is optional
Adding a tablespoon to a hot tea is delicious or you can just take a spoonful by itself