With colds and coughs being quite prevalent during the cooler parts of the year, many are seeking remedies outside of the usual over-the-counter medications. Some simply want to stay away from the chemicals in these drugs while others are searching for something more calming to the body, or simply more reliable and not generically processed. This is why a variety of natural cold remedies are continuing to become both more well known and more highly sought after. The six natural cold remedies listed here are easy to find on the shelves of natural food stores, vitamin shops and even grocery stores.
Easy to find six natural cold remedies
Vitamin C, or ascorbic acid, has long been a lauded natural remedy for colds. While it has many other benefits, the most relevant benefit is that it provides a huge boost for the body’s immune system, helping it to fight off bacteria and viruses. However, Vitamin C cannot be called a cure in and of itself. Rather, it has been shown to decrease the length of the common cold and equip the body with the ability to fight off the cold on its own.
Studies have shown that this vitamin works best when taken before and during a cold. During late fall through early spring, individuals should take 500 to 1,000 milligrams per day with a dietary supplement as directed by the bottle. Of course, one of the best ways to get even more of this important vitamin is to eat fresh fruits and vegetables that are high in it. Most people know that citrus fruits, such as oranges and grapefruits, are particularly good sources. However, high amounts of vitamin C can be found in many vegetables including Bell peppers and tomatoes.
Zinc has come into vogue as a natural remedy for colds somewhat more recently. Zinc, like vitamin C, also boosts the immune system and fights viruses, such as those that cause the common cold. Zinc can typically be found in food, namely beef and seafood. However, for fighting colds, most people prefer to take a dietary or vitamin supplement containing Zinc. Zinc appears in many comprehensive All-in-one type vitamin supplements, though it also comes in the form of specific zinc supplements, such as in lozenges like as Cold-EEZE.
Cold-EEZE was used in a research study at the Cleveland Clinic, which showed that taking six to eight of these lozenges each day could shorten a cold by three days. The clinical study can be found at: Cold-Eeze Study.
Aside from pure vitamin remedies such as those listed above, there are also many popular cold remedies in the form of herbs and one of the most popular herbal cold remedies is Echinacea. Echinacea is an herbal remedy that comes form the coneflower plant and it is most commonly recommended for when one notices the first hints of a cold. When taken before a cold actually starts, it can cut the risk of a full-fledged cold in half. A study has shown that Echinacea can decrease the length of a cold by about one day as well. It should be noted that Echinacea should not be taken over the long-term. Instead, it should only be taken for approximately three weeks before taking a one week or more break from it.
Honey is one food item that many are surprised to hear is a kind of cold allergy since it actually has a pleasant taste. While often found in desserts and as a topping for your morning oatmeal or cereal, honey is actually high in antioxidants, which naturally strengthens the immune system, and due to its fluid, viscous consistency it is great for coughs and sore throats especially. To use honey for a sore throat it can be mixed with apple cider vinegar and warm water for a soothing gargle. It can also be used in place of sugar in warm teas to calm the throat as it is swallowed and gives the body its antioxidant properties. However, honey should never be given to infants less than one year old.
Ginger, while not quite as pleasant to the palate as honey, is another natural cold remedy you can easily find in any grocery store in the produce section. Ginger is an aromatic and tasty spice that reduces inflammation, soothes the throat (and stomach!), and reduces the activity of viruses. It has actually been used for centuries in many countries around the world for ailments including colds and stomach aches. And although ginger is found in many recipes, the best way to take it when dealing with a cold is to drink it. Ginger can be shredded and steeped in hot water using a tea infuser for a soothing drink.
Nasal rinsing is becoming more popular lately as various companies are selling neti pots for this purpose. These pots are filled with a saline solution, which is then emptied into one nostril. After the saline runs through the nasal cavities, it flows out the other nostril. This rinsing can clear out sinus passageways by watering down the thick mucus within them. This cold remedy is noticeably different than any other of the natural cold remedies above since it doesn’t involve the consumption of any supplements or food items. But nevertheless, it is a perfectly effective way to combat the nasty symptoms the make a cold especially hard to bear, such as stuffy or runny nose and sinus pain. Health conscious folks would also be glad to hear that something other than pills or supplements can help reduce their annoying nasal congestion.
As many search for ways to fend off the common cold this year or to deal with one once it occurs, these six natural remedies can be incredibly helpful, especially for those who are searching for something different than your typical over-the-counter solution and also those who want to lead a more natural life. From increasing one’s intake of vital nutrients to performing a nasal rinse, there is something for everyone. These remedies can help decrease the nuisance of this year’s cold and flu season
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