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Seven Effective Home Remedies to Relieve Symptoms – Heilpraxis



Seven home remedies for the common cold

Of the autumn has arrived and with it the time of runny noses and itchy necks. colds are prevalent at this time of year – in most cases, however, infections are mild. Symptoms associated with the common cold can often be replaced by experienced symptoms home remedies to relieve.

The general rule is that a cold comes on for three days, stays for three days, and lasts for three days. In most cases, infections cannot be curbed, but many home remedies contribute to better well-being and make illnesses more bearable.

Drink plenty of water and tea

Basically, you should drink a lot when you have a cold. Two liters or more the water Where herbal tea are best suited for this. A homemade ginger tea is the classic for all colds.

The anti-inflammatory compounds in ginger help soothe sore throats, coughs, and nausea, and the liquid it absorbs helps mucus flow, which helps flush out pathogens from the body.

The preparation is very simple: a piece about five centimeters long Organic ginger wash and cut into slices. Place the pieces in a suitable container and pour over a liter of boiling water. The totality shoot for ten minutes and season with a little honey if necessary.

Inhale hot steam

against one stuffy nose and to cough can it water vapor inhalation to help. The hot steam loosens mucus stuck in the nose and bronchial tubes. All you need is a bowl of hot water with a little salt dissolved in it. Then inhale the steam with a towel over your head.

The inhalation becomes more intense by adding chamomile, sage, thyme, fir or Japanese mint oil. The water vapor must come from a distance of about 30 centimeters be inhaled.

Soup for a cold

A freshly cooked chicken soup is one of the best known and most effective home remedies for the common cold, especially if you make the soup yourself, as canned soups often contain high amounts of salt and additives.

A few ingredients can also be used to make a homemade soup more effective. These include garlic, Ginger and Mushrooms. You can find a recipe for a healthy chicken soup here: “Chicken noodle soup: the classic against the common cold”.

potato wrap

A Wrap with hot potatoes can soothe a sore throat and reduce the urge to cough. For a wrap, you need five soft potatoes, which are mashed while still warm in a tea towel. Then roll the cloth up and wrap it around your neck or across your chest until the potatoes are cold.

You can find detailed instructions for the wrap here: “Potato wrap – use and effect”.

The nasal wash frees the upper respiratory tract

To nasal rinse becomes the nasal cavity with a saline solution rinsed to clean it of germs and deposited mucus. Rinse can be used for both Cold prevention as well as acute infections to be used.

The easiest way to rinse your nose is to use a commercially available plastic nasal wash. A 0.9% saline solution should be used (nine grams of Himalayan or sea salt for one liter of lukewarm water), because at this concentration the nasal mucous membranes not be attacked.

Gargling for a sore throat

Gargle with saline solution can relieve acute sore throats and hoarseness. A saline solution for gargling can be prepared in no time. Simply mix one teaspoon of salt in 250 milliliters of warm water. Salt water has a disinfectant, anti-inflammatory, decongestant and antibacterial effect.

For optimal effect should every two to three hours for five minutes gargle with a salt water solution. Alternatively, this can also be done onion juice or one Decoction of sage and/or chamomile to be used.

Fruits and vegetables for diarrhea

Diarrhea can occur with many colds. Offer instead of take cola and pretzel sticks Apples, carrots and bananas a healthier alternative to fight diarrhea. The swelling substances contained provide relief.

Consult a doctor in severe cases

Under the generic term cold or flu many mostly harmless infectious diseases are summarized. In most cases, home remedies can make infections more bearable. But even traditional methods have their limitations.

In some cases, infections can take a severe turn, especially when it comes to real flu (flu) or for COVID-19[feminine] acts. Also, in rare cases, a cold can lead to complications such as Pulmonary infection come. Medical help should be sought if

  • the symptoms do not go away on their own after a few days,
  • symptoms appear suddenly and do not settle slowly,
  • sufferers have a high fever,
  • intense shortness of breath occurs,
  • Those affected experience severe and persistent fatigue and exhaustion.

You can find other home remedies that can be used to relieve the symptoms of a cold in the article: ‘Home remedies for the common cold – which may work’. (vb)

Author and source information

This text corresponds to the requirements of the specialized medical literature, medical guidelines and current studies and has been verified by health professionals.


Graduate editor (FH) Volker Blasek


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Important note:
This article contains general advice only and should not be used for self-diagnosis or treatment. It cannot substitute a visit to the doctor.

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