Winter is coming and cold season has officially arrived. It might ‘just be a cold’ but feeling downright drained and sick doesn’t have to be. Take charge with simple do-it-yourself treatments that clear up your stuffy nose and soothe your scratchy throat. There are plenty of home remedies that can help alleviate your symptoms and get you back to well-being.

For generally preventing yourself from getting sick keep the following tips into your mind:

  • Avoid big crowds of people
  • Wash your hands regularly
  • Stay warm
  • Get enough sleep and do outdoor walks to help reducing stress and strengthen body´s defenses
  • Do contrast showers and sauna sessions
  • Make sure your daily nutrition contains lots of fruits and vegetables
  • Keep track of your vitamin c household which can be especially found in citrus fruits, kiwis and rosehip
  • Eat seafish and whole grain bread regularly because they provide the important nutrient zinc which is as important as vitamin c

If you catch a cold, you can expect to be sick for one to two weeks. That doesn’t mean you have to feel miserable. Besides getting enough rest, these remedies for sure help you feel better:

  • Nasal douches with saltwater open up the nasal passages
  • Eucalyptus essential, peppermint and cajuput oil will feel your sinuses opening up as well
  • Drinking between 2 or 3 liter water or herbal tea in combination with vitamin juices per day let mucus of a cold disappear much faster
  • Extracts of special herbs, for example echinacea, do reduce the severity and the duration of colds and strengthen the defense system of the body
  • Drinking lime blossom tea before going to bed causes sweating and strengthens the body’s defense system too
  • Inhalation session with steam or putting a bowl of water on top of the heating keeps the body’s respiratory system humid, stimulates curing and prevents further swelling

In addition to that there are plenty of herbs which help to get rid of symptoms of colds. You can find them in pharmacies or health shops like Naturhouse in form of teas, juices or pills:

  • Mountain pine, fennel, garden sorrel and vervain help to get rid of mucus and prevent further infections
  • Anise, ribwort and thyme uncramp the respiratory system and help to quit coughing
  • Elderflower is a perfect remedy for dry coughing because it helps to produce mucus and besides that has a pleasant taste
  • Horseradish and nasturtium kill bacteria

Basically, follow the advice of wise grandmothers, and you’ll start to feel better.


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