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If you are trying to live a healthy lifestyle, you are probably making good choices about what you eat. One of the goals of eating well is good health, however, everyone gets a cough or cold once in awhile. These home remedies will help you avoid the doctor and over the counter medicines and help to get you on the road to recovery as quickly as possible.
Drink Lots of Fluids
Drinking lots of water or hot tea will help to keep you hydrated and sooth an irritated throat. Try to avoid milk and drinks containing caffeine, such as coffee and cola. Instead, try an herbal tea made with ginger. Ginger is known to be a natural decongestant and gentle pain reliever. Peppermint tea is also a good choice. Peppermint can help control a cough.
Use a Humidifier
A humidifier will add moisture to the air and help make it easier to breathe. Place one in the room where you sit the most during the day and then move it to your bedroom when you go to bed. The steam from a hot shower will also help to open clogged nasal passages.
Use a Nasal Rinse
If you suspect you may be getting a sinus infection, then a nasal rinse will help keep your sinus passages open. You can buy over the counter nasal rinse kits, but you can also make your own natural solution at home very inexpensively.
Mix 1/4 teaspoon non-iodized salt, 1/4 tsp. baking soda, and 8 ounces of warm distilled water together. With a bulb syringe filled with the solution, lean over the sink with your head tilted down and your mouth open. Squirt the nasal rinse solution into one nostril and let the solution drain out the other nostril. Keeping your mouth open will prevent the solution from going down your throat.
Even doctors recommend this home remedy for preventing sinus infections. Using this solution twice a day at the beginning of a cold will greatly reduce the chance of further infection.
Natural Cough Remedies
Gargling with warm salt water will help control stubborn coughs. Dissolve 1/2 teaspoon salt in a cup of warm water and gargle with it several times a day until your cough symptoms subside.
A sore throat and cough can also be soothed with a hot tea made from fresh lemon juice and honey.
You can make homemade cough syrup by combining 1 cup raw honey, 1 tsp. fresh grated ginger, and the juice of one lemon together in a saucepan. Simmer on low heat for 15 minutes. A teaspoon of this homemade cough syrup is a great home remedy for kids since now it is recommended that over the counter cough syrup not be given to children under 4 years of age. Just keep in mind that children under the age of 1 should not be given honey.
When you have a cold there are foods that you can eat that will help you recover more quickly. Make sure you are getting lots of Vitamin C by eating food high in Vitamin C, such as oranges.
Try to avoid high fat and processed foods as much as possible. Eating unhealthy foods can actually slow the recovery process. Foods with high fiber content such as oatmeal, whole grains, and fresh vegetables are all good choices.
Plenty of Rest
There’s no denying that just resting and getting lots of sleep is the best home remedy of all. It is hard in this day and age to get the extra sleep we need when we are not well, but not only does getting enough sleep help our body to heal itself faster, it also helps keep us from getting sick in the first place.