Worries and troubles pertaining to the economy are driving more people to consider alternative remedies in order to avoid expensive physician consultations and prescription medicines. One option that is safe, affordable, and efficient is going au naturel!
That said, here are expert-recommended natural home remedies for the common sickness:
It is forecasted to rain multiple times throughout the course of the month. As this cold weather is coming in, colds become increasingly common. The main virus that causes cold is still unknown. This is why the body relies on its own defenses. However, you can effectively ease its symptoms by staying hydrated.
Drink plenty of water, juices, or warm lemon water with honey to help prevent dehydration and loosen up the congestion. Stay away from alcohol, coffee, or caffeinated sodas as they can worsen your condition.
Coughing helps your throat clear out phlegm and other irritants. A short-term cough lasting for about 3 weeks can usually signify a flu or a sinus infection. While long-term cough lasting for more than 3 weeks can signify an allergy or other disorders. Treat cough in its early stages by using honey. According to a 2007 study, honey relieves cough more efficiently than over-the-counter drugs that contain Dextromethorphan. So create your own remedy by mixing honey with warm water or lemon.
Headaches are characterized by sharp pain, dull ache, or a throbbing sensation. It may appear abruptly or gradually and last from an hour to several days. To relieve the pain, grab a cup of brewed coffee. Studies show that 200 mg of caffeine (16 oz of brewed coffee) helps ease the headache and migraines. However, Dr. Robert Shapiro of University of Vermont Medical School suggests limiting caffeine intake and only using it to relieve headaches.
Sore throat is the irritation or pain of the throat that usually worsens when you swallow. It is the primary symptom of the inflammation of the throat (Pharyngitis). Treat sore throat by gargling a mixture of warm water (1 glass) and six pressed garlic cloves – twice a day. Stick to this routine for 3 days. This works because garlic has antimicrobial properties that fight pain-causing bacteria while the warm water soothes the inflamed tissue.