The common cold is an upper respiratory tract infection caused by many different viruses. It is transmitted by virus-infected airborne droplets or by direct contact with infected secretions. Being in cold weather does not cause the common cold, but cold weather promotes close contact. Some symptoms of the common cold are runny nose, cough, nasal congestion, sore throat, sneezing, watery eyes, mild headache, mild fatigue, body aches.
Some popular natural remedies for the prevention and treatment of the common cold are given below. These remedies in certain foods may also help to boost the immune system and additional remedies can be recommended for cough relief and post-nasal drip.
Drinking tea or warm lemon water mixed with honey is a time-honored way to soothe a sore throat. But honey alone may be an effective cough suppressant. Honey may work by coating and soothing an irritated throat and it’s believed to have antioxidant and antibacterial effects. Honey may help to calm children’s coughs and help them sleep better.
Higher levels of vitamin D helps reduce the risk of respiratory infections including common cold and flu. Vitamin D is also known as the “sunshine vitamin”. Because your body can make vitamin D on its own by exposure to sunlight.
Though the intake of Vitamin C canot completely cure cold, it could reduce the incidence of colds for most people and shorten the duration of symptoms.
American ginseng and Panax ginseng can help boost the immune system and shore up the body’s defense against the common cold. Since chronic stress is thought to weaken the immune system, it’s said that ginsengmay also fight colds by shielding the body from the negative effects of stress. one of the more popularproduct of American ginseng is Cold-fX.
Elderberry has long been used as an herbal remedy for colds, flu, and sinus infections. Elderberry’s immunostimulating and anti-inflammatory properties make it a great natural remedy for allergy symptoms. Inflammation of the sinuses, sneezing, itchy and watery eyes, swelling and a runny or stuffy nose can all benefit from this potent herb. It is thought to be particularly good for hayfever and strengthening the upper respiratory tract.
It is used in traditional Chinese medicine to strengthen immunity and prevent colds and flu. It is also an antioxidant and has been suggested for conditions such as heart disease. Astragalus can be found in capsule, tea, or extract form at health food stores or as a dried root in Chinese herbal shops and some health food stores.