The sudden changes in temperatures and the rains so characteristic of these months bring with them one of the most hated ailments: colds. And it is at this time of the year when defenses are lower and, therefore, infections are more frequent.
Although in the pharmacy you can find endless treatments that will help you treat a cough, sore throat or nasal congestion so typical of this medical condition, there are also numerous natural tricks that can help you soften it. These are five of the most effective home remedies to fight colds.
This remedy so typical of grandmothers is one of the best to combat such odious symptoms of colds as nasal congestion or throat irritation. Mix about six leaves of eucalyptus (plant with decongestant properties) in a pan with hot water and inhale the vapors for several minutes. Water vapor will help you moisten, soften and remove mucus from the nose and bronchial tubes, thus clearing the airways.
Garlic and onion teas and infusions
Onions and especially garlic are rich in allicin, a substance with antiseptic properties that helps fight colds and flu discomfort. If the taste or texture of these foods seems too strong to you, you can always try to take them in infusions sweetened with honey. Sweetening them with sugar would be a mistake since this product inhibits its natural healing qualities.
Water with salt
Due to its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties , salt is another of the best home remedies to fight colds. Mix a tablespoon of salt in a glass of warm water and gargle with the solution to relieve dry cough so typical of this disease.
In addition, saline solutions will also help you treat nasal congestion. Add a quarter teaspoon of sea salt and a quarter teaspoon of baking soda to a glass of warm water. Once you have made the mixture, apply a couple of drops in each nostril, let it act for a few seconds and blow gently.
Hot Carrot Juice
Use a blender to make carrot juice . Then heat it a few seconds in the microwave and take the hot liquid. In addition to alleviating the cough, you will fill your body with vitamins, antioxidants and avoid the typical discomforts of colds.
Honey, lemon and ginger syrup
Mix several slices of lemon with two teaspoons of chopped ginger and a little honey in a jar with a lid. Close it and leave it in the fridge until a gelatinous layer forms. To take this home remedy against cough you will only have to mix a tablespoon of this syrup with a little hot water. This syrup can be stored in the fridge for up to three months.