Common cold is a mild viral infection of the upper respiratory tract (nose, throat, sinus and upper airways). It begins when a cold virus attacks the lining of the nose and throat by attaching itself to it.

  1. Drink fluids, Preferably Hot: Drinking a lot of water prevents dehydration and keeps the throat moist. It also breaks up your congestion. Some of the fluids are..
    • Chicken Soup: Chicken soup is one of the most effective fluids that one should consume when they have cold. The fumes from the hot soup, loosens the nasal passage and helps the body fight the cold virus.
    • Jaggery Water: Add jaggery, black pepper and cumin to water and allow it to boil. This solution provides immense relief from chest congestions.
    • Flaxseed Juice : Boil the flaxseeds in water until it thickens. Strain it. Add a few drops of lemon juice and honey to the strained water. When consumed, it provides relief.
    • Turmeric And Milk: This is a popular and effective way to fight a cough and common cold. Add a dash of pepper powder to it to make it more effective.
    • Honey And Lemon Juice: If honey is added to lukewarm lemon water, it helps bring cold and cough under control.
    • Honey And Brandy: Brandy keeps the chest warm while honey fights the cough. A teaspoon of both together is enough. You can also apply some brandy on the chest before sleeping.
  2. Gargling
    • Salt-water gargle is a tried and tested age old therapy especially if you are suffering from throat pain or sore throat which is one of the symptoms of common cold.
    • Adding turmeric works out better as salt and turmeric fight cough and cold. 
  3. Lemon, Cinnamon and Honey Syrup
    • Take some honey in a pan, fill it to half and put it on a double boiler till it thins. 
    • Add a pinch of cinnamon and a few drops of lemon. This syrup helps fight cold.
  4. Ginger and Salt:
    • Add salt to ginger pieces and chew on these. They help fight a sore throat, cold and cough.
  5. Steam Inhalation-Best Remedy For Blocked Nose
    • It loosens the nasal passage and makes you feel better instantly.
    • A steamy shower relaxes the body and moisturizes your nasal passages.
  Note: Information provided is not a substitute for physician, hospital or any form of medical care. Examination and Investigation is necessary for correct diagnosis.

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