Natural Cold Treatments
The last time I had a cold was in the winter of 2002. The cold bug has decided to make another visit at my homestead and here is what I am doing to treat myself.
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 garlic helps to open up the respiratory passages. In soup form, it flushes out all toxins from the system and thus helps bring down fever. You can also chop up a garlic clove and put in a teaspoon of honey.
Ginger is another excellent remedy for colds and coughs. Cut ginger into small pieces and boil in a cup of water. It should then be strained and honey added to it.
Turmeric is an effective remedy for colds and throat irritations. Half a teaspoon of fresh turmeric powder mixed in warm milk, and taken once or twice daily, is a good for a cold.