Natural Remedies for a Cold

sickI think it’s safe to say that no one really enjoys being sick, especially when it creeps up on you unexpectedly. Running out to buy some medicine is normally our first thought, but have you ever considered the items you already have in your kitchen? You may be surprised at the benefits of a few common household items. Take a look below at some natural products that help with curing a cold.

1) Lemon and Honey: Lemons are very high in vitamin C and phytochemicals which help to give you immune system a boost, and honey is known for its antibacterial properties and toxin-fighting abilities. Combined together in a tea, these two ingredients can really help to ward off the sniffles. It’s also great at reducing congestion.

2) Garlic: Despite its somewhat unpleasant smell, garlic is ideal to use during a cold due to its anti-fungal, antibiotic, and antibacterial properties. Finely chop 1-3 cloves of garlic and add it to hot water. For added benefits, consider including honey and/or lemon juice, as well.

3) Cinnamon: Usually combined ginger, cinnamon is another favorite when it comes not only to adding sweet flavor but also fighting off viruses and bacteria. Consider combining one spoonful of cinnamon with a spoonful of honey in tea when you are a little under the weather.

4) Catnip Tea: Known for fighting off colds and fevers, catnip tea is effective to drink at the start of a cold due to its high levels of Vit. C and Vit. E. It is made from the leaves and flowers of the catnip plant, known at nepeta cataria, and is also known to be a mild sedative.

5) Water: Drinking water is one of the most common recommendations given when one is sick, and for good reasons.Including flushing out toxins. One is that the mucous membranes which line the upper respiratory tract work more effectively when they are moist. Drinking water will help to make your cold pass faster.

Save yourself the hassle of buying cold medicine this year and give some of these items a try. You may even question why you weren’t using them all along.

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