Common Home Remedies for Coughs and Colds

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Coughs and colds are common ailments that can affect both young and old. They are contagious viral infections. Children acquire these illnesses an average of 12 times a year, while adults get coughs and colds at least two to four times each year.

Treatment for coughs and colds doesn’t need to be expensive. There are several home remedies you can use for such ailments. The next time one of your family members gets sick, here are some home remedies you might try, to save time and money.

Ginger

Ginger is a useful home remedy for coughs and colds. Cut the ginger root into small pieces. Then, take a cup of water and boil the ginger pieces in it. Let it stand for two to three minutes. Then strain out the ginger.  Add half a teaspoon of honey if like. You should drink this ginger mixture while it is still hot.

Water Therapy

This is an efficient home remedy for coughs and colds. As the name suggests, water therapy requires the patient drink plenty of water. A compress should be placed on the forehead, and the body must be wiped with a towel. The person’s temperature should be checked every hour.

Lemon

Lemon is another natural home remedy for coughs and colds. Get a piece of lemon and cut it in half. Now, squeeze the juice out, and mix it into a glass of warm water. Add a teaspoon of honey and mix. One should drink lemon juice at least twice a day for a period of three days, or as long as one still suffers from coughs and colds.

Turmeric Powder

Mix a teaspoon of turmeric powder into glass warm water. This can help relieve coughs and colds after a few days.

Grapes

Grapes are a good source of Vitamin C. This is why the fruit is used as a common home remedy for coughs and colds. Grapes help improve the lungs. and have expectorant effects. You should mix a cup of grape juice with a teaspoon of honey.

Chicken Soup

This is one of the oldest home remedies around. Hot chicken soup helps unclog nasal passages. It possesses certain substances that increase the flow of mucus, which makes it easily for a person with a cough or a cold to blow their nose and to remove germs from the nose in the process.

Rest

Probably the simplest home remedy for coughs and colds is to rest and relax. People suffering from these ailments should not exert themselves. Rest enables a person to regain his energy and to recuperate faster.

What’s your favorite home remedy?

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One Response to “Common Home Remedies for Coughs and Colds”

  1. John March 14, 2012 at 8:48 am #

    Nice info, chicken soup and lemon are my friends when I battle a cold. Some nice rest and a nice hot lemonade always helps me to get it out of my body.

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