4 natural remedies for the cold
Although the cases increase especially during the months of autumn and winter, when the climate is much more humid and there is in turn a worse time in the environment (drops of the thermometer, sudden changes in temperature, rain and cold ...), the truth is that we can also get sick throughout the year. We talk to you about common cold, a very common disease that millions of people suffer every year around the world. In fact, it is estimated that only in the United States there are more than one billion colds a year, which is why, as many doctors and health specialists say, most people will probably have more colds than any other type. of disease.
The contagion of the cold is really very simple: it is enough to get in contact with the cold virus, which spreads through tiny air drops that are released when the person coughs, sneezes, speaks or when he simply blows his nose . On another lake, contagion can occur when we touch our eyes, mouth or nose just after touching a product contaminated with the cold virus. In this sense, did you know that in reality people are more contagious during the first days of the cold (around 2 to 3 days?) Then it tends not to be contagious after the first week.
The cold symptoms appear between 2 to 3 days after coming in contact with the virus, although in some cases it may take up to a week. The most frequent symptoms are: nasal congestion, continuous sneezing, rhinorrhea and rashes. However, depending on the type of virus that has caused the onset of the cold can also appear other related symptoms: cough, headaches and muscle pain, sore throat and decreased appetite.
In addition to resting a lot and drinking plenty of fluids, as a way to help our body to improve itself, it is also possible to opt for some natural remedies for the cold, very useful to bring to our body those essential nutrients and care that you need so much during the days when we have colds. We explain which are the most useful and interesting.
1. Honey and hot lemon
If there is an extremely interesting traditional remedy in cases of both the flu and the cold, that is the honey and lemon, which consumed hot helps relieve symptoms and is useful to decongest the nose for a few minutes. And, on the one hand, honey is very rich in essential nutrients, in addition to being a excellent energizing, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and antiviral antioxidant. While the lemon is very rich in vitamin C, which helps to strengthen our immune system.
To make this natural remedy you just have to cut a lemon in half and squeeze it to get its juice. Serve in a glass, heat a little in the microwave (if you have not you can choose to add it to a saucepan and heat it a little on the fire), add a spoon or two of honey and drink even when hot.
You can also choose to create a honey and lemon syrup, and use it whenever you get aggravated or you catch a cold.
2. Eucalyptus fumes
The mists of essential oils and plants They also become a very interesting natural remedy in case of colds and flu, especially when it comes to relieving nasal congestion and excess mucus. They emphasize in this sense the eucalyptus fumes, which consists in inspiring and breathing the aroma of Eucalyptus leaves, which as you surely know will be a plant with interesting expectorant action.
To make this natural remedy, put a liter of water in a saucepan and add a handful of eucalyptus leaves (fresh or dried). Boil for 15 minutes. After this time put out the fire, place the saucepan on a plate and put it on a table. Then sit in front of the saucepan, place your face on top, cover your head with a towel and breathe in the moisture emanating from the eucalyptus infusion for 5 minutes. After finishing be careful not to take air, so it is best to make the remedy before going to bed, especially at night.
3. Garlic and lemon juice
As we mentioned before, lemon stands out when it comes to preparing natural remedies for influenza because of its richness in vitamin C, an essential nutrient very useful for our defenses. The Garlic It also becomes another essential food, thanks to the fact that it exerts an interesting effect natural antiseptic, besides contributing antiviral benefits Y strengthen our immune system. And if we put together both natural ingredients ?.
To make this remedy, peel 3 cloves of garlic, cut them and cut them in half. Split the lemon in half and squeeze it to get its juice. If they are not very large, swallow the whole garlic, and then drink the lemon juice.
4. Decoction of ginger
The ginger It is a perennial plant from South Asia. It is a natural food that provides interesting properties and health benefits. For example, it is very beneficial in the treatment of intestinal affections, since it stimulates the pancreas increasing the production of enzymes that favor digestion. It acts as an antibacterial, so it is interesting for intestinal problems caused by alterations in the intestinal flora. And it acts like natural antibiotic, so take a ginger decoction when we have a cold it helps to relieve irritated throat, and also cough.
To make this natural remedy, put in a saucepan the equivalent of two cups of water and a piece of fresh ginger. Let it boil for 5 minutes, then turn off the heat, cover and let rest another 2 minutes. Finally remove the ginger and drink the infusion. If you wish, you can take this decoction 3 times a day.
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