When you feel the first signs of a cold coming on it’s hard not to instantly get weighed down with dread and worry. A runny nose, constant sneezing, scratchy throat and never-ending cough are some of the worst symptoms to have to deal with, especially when it seems like it takes forever for them to go away. Taking yourself to the doctor doesn’t usually do much good for a sickness like this, and letting it run its course can leave you feeling miserable for days.
Your local herbal store may have just what you need to concoct some natural remedies to fight off your symptoms and have you back up and around in a shorter amount of time.
A hot, comforting cup of tea seems to hit the spot just about any time, but when you’re sick it works extra hard to make you feel better. Most herbal teas already have healthy advantages, but some have the added bonus of ingredients that can turn your wretched cold into a memory, as well as help to thin congestion and sweat out a fever. Ginger tea is a great boost to the immune system and will immediately begin to retaliate against the symptoms that are torturing you. Add lemon for vitamin C. Peppermint and cinnamon tea both work to open up the sinuses, allowing you to catch a breath, and relieves pressure that is building in your head. Lemon tea curbs coughing and alleviates a throat that feels like it’s on fire.
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Gargling with Herbs
Gargling with salt water to ease a sore throat is a natural home remedy that’s been around for decades, but if it’s not doing the trick you might want to run down to the nearest herbal store and give something else a try. You can create different mixtures to gargle with that include herbs like sage, cayenne, turmeric, ginger and marjoram to see which you can tolerate and what turns out to be the most effective for you.
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Subjecting yourself to a steamy situation is a great way to try and rid yourself of a cough, congestion or cold. Adding dried herbs can enhance the potency of the at-home treatment for a speedier recovery. First, you will need to steep herbs such as rosemary, eucalyptus leaves or peppermint in boiling water and then place the combination into a large bowl. Hover over the bowl with a towel placed over your head to keep the steam in an enclosed area and put your nose and mouth in position to breathe as deeply as possible. This will allow the healing capabilities of the herbs to enter straight into your system.
Natural home remedies are definitely worth a try if your sickness doesn’t seem too serious, and the ingredients are easy enough to find at any herbal store, but if your symptoms persist or continue to get worse, it might be wise to visit a trusted natural health practitioner.
My name is Tiffany Olson and I love to blog on health and wellness related issues. I am a firm believer in natural and alternative medicine as well as shopping and eating locally.