With the change of season, it is very common for people of all ages to suffer from a sore throat, stuffy nose and chest congestion.
Children are the most vulnerable as they have a weak immune system as compared to adults. It is not advisable to consume antibiotics every now and then as they harm the liver in the long run. The best way is to make use of some simple home remedies that not only provide relief from cold and cough but also boost one’s immunity. Moreover, they will not harm the liver!
Home Remedies for curing a cold and cough –
1. Apply Vicks on the feet
If you or your child is troubled by persistent coughing at night, the best way to stop it is Vicks vaporub. Just apply some Vicks vaporub on the sole of the feet and wear a pair of socks. You’ll be surprised to see that a cough will stop within 15-20 minutes!
2. Mustard oil Massage on the chest
Massage the chest with some lukewarm mustard oil. It helps to clear the congestion and provide relief from cold. This remedy may even be used on small children but make sure the oil is not too hot and do not make them lie naked for too long.
3. Saltwater gargles
This age-old remedy is really useful to drain out the mucus from the throat. Just heat 1 cup water and add 2-3 tsp salt to it and gargle with it 2-3 times a day for fast relief from a cough.
4. Ginger and Honey Tea
Ginger helps to fight infections and honey contains antibiotic properties. Just boil 1 cup water with grated ginger and add 1 tsp honey to it. Sip this tea 2-3 times a day.
5. Turmeric milk
Turmeric has medicinal properties and helps to boost the immune system. Add ¼ tsp turmeric powder to half cup warm milk and drink it. If you have a dry cough, you may mix ¼ tsp turmeric powder to 1 tsp of honey and eat it.
6. Basil tea
Basil has anti-bacterial properties and also provides relief from fever. Just chew 3-4 basil leaves in the morning and evening or you could boil 8-10 basil leaves in a cup of water and sip this tea 2-3 times a day.
7. Steam inhalation
This is perhaps the best way to open a stuffy nose. You can use a steamer or boil water and inhale the vapors to clear the congestion in the nose. People of all ages can inhale the steam. For small children, just make them sit in your lap and ensure that they don’t touch the hot steamer or hot water pan.
We hope you found our remedies useful. If you know any other home remedies for treating cold and cough, do share with us.
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