Cold and Cough
Cold and Cough
A viral infection occurring in the upper respiratory tract is what we commonly know as cold. Common cold and cough affects every one of us once in a while, and when the medications and drugs don’t help, there’s herbs to help.
Here we’ve listed down some popular herbs that are often used as a remedy to deal with cold and cough.
Common Cold Natural Remedy
- Fenugreek Seeds
- Lemon Juice
- Manuka Honey
How The Common Cold Remedy Works
The common cold is a viral infection that many people suffer from in the winter months. Its symptoms include a persistent cough, a runny nose, headaches and tiredness.
While there are no known cures for the common cold, this cayenne, lemon juice, manuka honey and fenugreek seeds remedy can help soothe many of its symptoms in the following ways:
- Cayenne: Cayenne is a powerful decongestant and pain reliever which can help ease the congestion, headaches and sore throat that often come with the common cold.
- Fenugreek Seeds: Studies have shown that fenugreek seeds can relieve almost all the symptoms associated with the common cold.
- Lemon Juice: Lemon juice contains high levels of vitamin C – a nutrient that strengthens your immune system and helps it fight the common cold.
- Manuka Honey: Manuka honey’s antiviral properties help your body recover from the common cold at a faster rate.
How To Prepare The Cold Remedy
1. Add 2 teaspoons of lemon juice, 1 teaspoon of manuka honey, 1 teaspoon of ground fenugreek seeds and ½ teaspoon of cayenne powder to a cup of boiling water, let it steep for 5 minutes and drink it.
2. Drink this remedy up to 4 times per day until the symptoms of the common cold subside.
Natural Remedy for Coughs
Cayenne, Milk & Turmeric
How The Remedy Natural Remedy for Coughs Works
Persistent coughs can be caused by a variety of factors including blockages in the windpipe, environmental irritants and viral infections.
This cayenne, milk and turmeric remedy helps to treat coughs in the following ways:
- Cayenne: Cayenne naturally warms and soothes the lining of your throat which helps to reduce any irritation that may lead to coughing.
- Milk: Milk contains a range of nutrients that help to moisturize your throat and prevent it from drying out.
- Turmeric: Turmeric’s antiviral and anti-inflammatory action helps to alleviate many of the irritants that cause coughing.
How To Prepare The Natural Cough Remedy
1. Add 1 teaspoon of turmeric and ½ teaspoon of cayenne powder to a glass of hot milk, mix well and drink it.
2. Drink this remedy up to 4 times per day until the cough disappears.
More Cold Remedies
The root of astragalus has been used as a remedy for cold, flu and cough since a long time in Chinese medicine practices. The extracts of this herb are believed to hold many antiviral and immune boosting properties, and is the best herbal treatment for those that have a weak immune system.
Astragalus may also increase the efficiency of antiviral medications and may reduce the symptoms associated with cold and cough.
Ginger has been in use as a folk remedy since a long time, and is one of the best remedies in Chinese medicine when it comes to dealing with cold, cough and a sore throat. In India, the extracts of this herb are commonly added to tea to relieve symptoms associated with cold and cough.
Ginger can also be crushed and taken with some honey to relieve the soreness of the throat.
Thyme, when taken in its dried or essential oil form, can act as a wonderful remedy for common cold and flu. The extracts of this herb act as a wonderful expectorant, and helps you expel out the mucus that may have accumulated in the lungs.
Inhaling steam containing thyme leaves can loosen cough and help reduce bacterial activity that cause cough and cold.
Licorice root contains a compound known as glycyrrhizin that has potent antiviral action against a wide range of conditions- even HIV and SARS. Several studies have also found that licorice root extracts could be effective against avian flu and much other seasonal flu.
Licorice can be taken in the form of tea or supplements, however, it is important to check with your practitioner before taking any of these herbs.
Sage extracts are known to possess wonderful expectorant properties that help loosen the mucus that may have accumulated in the respiratory tract and improve breathing. One of the best ways to use sage to deal with cold and cough is to prepare sage it- it works great for conditions of the respiratory system including cold, flu and bronchitis and may also help relieve migraine headaches.
Calendula extracts, when combined with thyme, and taken in the form of a tea, can act as a wonderful remedy for common cold and cough. They help fight the infection causing bacteria and reduce the severity of symptoms associated with common cold and cough.
Myrrh extracts are thought to help fight cold and cough by increasing the supply of blood to different parts of the body and fighting infection and speeding up healing. Some studies have also found that the extracts of myrrh may be effective against lung congestion.
Elderberry is yet another herb that doesn’t just curb the symptoms associated with cold and cough, but also shortens the duration of the symptoms and helps you tackle the infection better.
Elderberry extracts can help fight up to 10 different strains of flu virus.
Garlic is an excellent immune system booster- several studies have confirmed its efficacy in warding away different viruses, bacteria and other pathogens. Garlic is also effective against rhinovirus- a virus responsible for causing common cold.
Individuals who fall prey to common cold can experience relief in their symptoms after taking garlic extracts. Raw garlic or garlic supplements can act as a wonderful natural remedy for common cold and cough.
Several studies have confirmed the efficiency of Echinacea extracts in dealing with common cold and cough, and there is some evidence to suggest that it may even help prevent cough and cold. Those suffering from cold can experience relief in their symptoms after drinking Echinacea tea.
Ginseng is yet another effective herbal remedy against cold and cough. The immune boosting properties of this herb, combined with the active constituents like polysaccharides and geniosides can help reduce the symptoms associated with common cold and cough.