5 Natural Cold Remedies

The truth is that there is no cure for the common cold. But fear not! There are plenty of natural remedies that will help you through your misery and reduce your time spent suffering, and you likely already have most of them in your kitchen. Here are our top 5 natural cold remedies.

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1. Garlic
Useful for more than just warding off vampires and unwanted kisses, this flavourful bulb will also help kick your cold to the curb. Garlic contains an enzyme called alliin that when crushed or cut produces allicin, a sulphuric compound that has antiviral properties.
2. Hydrotherapy
Performing a water-based ritual – known as hydrotherapy – once or twice at the beginning of illness to promote warmth, relaxation and rest, and to ultimately feel better faster. She also recommends taking at least one day off from work – both your body and your coworkers will thank you.

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3. Oil of oregano
This isn’t the flavourful herb you’ve come to know and love in your pasta dishes; rather, it’s an extremely potent extract from the same plant that’s a lot less palatable. Two of its main components are thymol and carvacrol, which have antimicrobial effects.
4. Ginger
Though it has long been touted for its ability to cure nausea, the cure-all root also works fantastically on cold symptoms. It has that spicy, warming quality, and the warmer you are, the better your body is at fighting off a virus.

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5. Steam
Hot water vapours will help moisturize your dry throat, skin and nasal cavities, and will loosen up your mucus membranes, making it easier to clear your sinuses or a congested chest.

 

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