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Top 15 Home Remedies For The Common Cold

The common cold is caused by viruses. Symptoms of the common cold are a runny nose, cough, sneezing, watery eyes, headache, and fever.

There are plenty of home remedies that help you treat the common cold and also, they’re free from side effects. Here are top 15 home remedies that will help you treat the common cold.

1. Ginger tea

Ginger tea helps in treating runny nose and also removes mucus from the respiratory tract. It helps in speedy recovery and soothing of the common cold.


2. Hot water

Drinking hot water helps in curing the common cold, sore throat and cough. It reduces inflammation of the throat and removes the infection from the body.


3. Milk and Turmeric

Turmeric is an important ingredient found commonly in all Indian households. Being an antioxidant, turmeric mixed with warm milk is one of the most popular and effective home remedies for treating the common cold and cough.


4. Gargle with salt water

This is one of the most effective and old therapies for treating the common cold.


5. Honey

Honey has antiviral properties and it is very effective in treatment against the common cold and cough. Eating one tablespoon of raw honey twice a day helps the immune system to fight against bacteria or virus causing the common cold.


6. Soup

Having a hot vegetable or chicken soup helps to get rid of the common cold and it’s symptoms.


7. Steam inhalation

Steam inhalation with eucalyptus oil helps in treating symptoms of the common cold by thinning the mucus present in the respiratory tract.


8. Garlic

Garlic has antimicrobial properties. Using garlic in your diet helps to reduce the symptoms of the common cold.


9. Vitamin C

Taking vitamin C tablets, or increasing the content of fruits and vegetables like lime, orange, green leafy vegetables, which are rich in vitamin C  helps in reducing the symptoms of the common cold. Drinking hot tea with lemon and honey also helps in reducing the mucus present in the respiratory tract.


10. Flax seeds 

Boiling flax seeds for 10-15 minutes in water until the solution thickens and then strain the solution. Drinking this solution with honey and lemon helps in curing a common cold.


11. Green tea 

Green tea is rich in antioxidants which help in reducing the symptoms of the common cold. Drinking green tea 2-3 times a day gives better results.


12. Fenugreek seeds

Fenugreek seeds, also known as methi seeds, have antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Boiling 1 teaspoon of fenugreek seeds in water and consuming it with honey and lemon once the liquid is cooled, helps in curing a common cold. Drink this liquid 2 times a day for better results.


13. Honey and Brandy

Brandy helps in keeping the chest warm. One teaspoon of brandy mixed with a few drops of honey helps in improving the common cold and cough.


14. Amla

Amla is an immunomodulator. Eating one amla daily helps to fight against bacteria and many diseases and also improves blood circulation.


15. Sleep

Despite eating, drinking and doing everything right, you will not feel good if you do not get enough sleep. Make sure you get enough sleep if you have the common cold.



Sharmin vasaya

My name is Sharmin Vasaya. I have completed my Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D) from Poona College of Pharmacy, Pune in May 2018. I received my Bachelor of Pharmacy (Bpharm) degree in June 2015 from HK College of Pharmacy, Mumbai.

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