Home Remedies To Manage Cold

This article is authored by Dr. Shweta U. Shah. A practicing homeopath, she follows a patient-centred perspective, emphasizing the benefits of natural remedies and herbs, homeopathy and whole food nutrition.

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Colds can be the worst! You're lying in bed with a stuffy nose, tossing and turning, breathing is difficult and you feel completely powerless. Nobody likes to be sneezing, having a fever and being absolutely exhausted.

There are herbal teas that you can guzzle all day, stand under a hot shower in the hope that it will open up your nose and rev you up, and pop over-the-counter drugs to allay your symptoms as you pray you’ll be able to sleep through the night. Nonetheless, there are times when you need to think outside of the box to deal with such a dreadful enemy! Fortunately, there are certain scientifically verified foods which can help reduce your misery.

3 flu remedies that are on-point!

Here's a roundup of 3 natural remedies that can manage the symptoms of the flu and cold. These are doctor-approved and scientifically-proven. These surprisingly super effective home remedies of flu will put you on to the road to recovery in next to no time!

1. Honey: Experts and clinicians state that honey is one of the best home remedies for cold and flu. It’s a time-honored cough suppressant and is ideal for that awful night-time cough. Studies reveal that if you take 1 spoon of the golden syrup half an hour before bedtime, there’s a marked decrease in frequency and intensity of the night-time cough and it also promises a better night's sleep, making you feel well-rested in the morning. It soothes an irritated throat and significantly diminishes episodes of coughing and breathlessness. It also boasts of powerful anti-microbial and healing properties and helps alleviate upper respiratory tract infections. Add a liberal amount of honey to your cup of herbal tea and make sure you have a couple of cups through the day. A honey-lemon-pepper decoction yields brilliant results as well.

2. Turmeric: This gorgeous yellow spice holds the proud place of being the number one quick-fix for colds and flus. Our very own haldi ka doodh is a remarkable natural treatment for flu. What’s more, the results are almost instantaneous. Curcumin, the robust active principle in turmeric is a potent anti-inflammatory as well as anti-microbial agent. It helps battle inflammation and effectively handles sinusitis, bronchitis and asthma assuaging their symptoms appreciably. A glass of haldi milk soothes a sore throat and even lifts your spirits when you’re feeling down in the dumps! Tata Sampann Haldi Powder is sourced from the best farms of Salem; it comes with 3% curcumin guarantee. What’s more, each packet of turmeric offers at least 3 % of curcumin. Begin and end your day with a turmeric latte and try to add ample amounts of turmeric into your curries, gravies and broths.

3. Garlic: Allicin in garlic bolsters the immune system and combats microbes efficiently. The garlic is nature’s most potent infection fighting herb. Studies are demonstrative of the fact that symptoms of cold can be reduced by taking a supplement of garlic or by blending a clove of fresh garlic, powdered pepper, haldi and honey and consuming several times through the day.


Zinc is a vital mineral which plays an important role in boosting your immune mechanism. This mineral helps the immune system and can shrink the duration of a bout of cold if taken earlier on. Zinc prevents the virus from multiplying and consequently decreases the extent of the episode. It’s an excellent prophylactic flu treatment at home and taken in combination with the immune-boosting powerhouse vitamin C, it helps ward off an attack of the flu. However, be sure to confer with your health care provider before embarking on any kind of medication, given that high doses of zinc can possibly result in anemia and other health issues as well.

Furthermore, when you know that you have a cold coming on – the quintessential betraying tickle at the back of your throat and sneezing, ensure that you get plenty of rest. When you have a runny nose, a headache and a sore throat you must sleep! Your body needs rest to heal and recuperate; so curl up under the covers all day! And make sure, you give these natural remedies a try next time the cold hits you.





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