Natural remedies to soothe the common cold

Fall is just around the corner, with summer coming swiftly to a close.

Sure, we’ll miss the long, warm days of summer, but we also adore the crisp, cool mornings and the intoxicating aroma that seems to fill the breeze with the coming of fall.

Time to try the natural approach this cold season. Photo: Chinh le duc/Unsplash

However, with all the lovely things that fall heralds, there is one not-so-lovely attribute that we’d rather do without this year: the common cold.

Annoying and hard to get rid of, the common cold just won’t quit. If you’re starting to feel a scratch in your throat just reading this, no worries: We’ve got four natural products that will tame your symptoms and provide some relief the next time you come down with a cold.

Ginger

Ginger tea with a little lemon is the cold-fighting duo you can rely on. Photo: Dominik Martin/Unsplash

Did you know that besides being tasty, ginger comes with a myriad of health benefits, including cold relief?

According to Livestrong, anti-inflammatory properties of the root work to relieve a sore throat quickly, and it also acts as a cough suppressant. Drink it as a tea for swift relief.

If you’re looking for an even more powerful remedy, add lemon to your tea.

Yarrow

Yarrow: Effective, but very potent. Photo: Pexels

Yarrow has a warming effect on the body that combats fevers, as well as being an anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial agent.

The wild-growing herb also reduces pain, relaxes circulation and acts as a mild sedative. It can be ingested or diluted and turned into a spray for common areas and hands.

However, yarrow should be used with caution. Do not take it daily for more than two weeks (and even less if you have a liver condition) or if you have an allergy to ragweed (or related plants), and use caution while taking it during pregnancy. It’s always a good idea to consult your doctor before jumping into regular use.

Oregano oil

Commonly used as an herb for cooking, oregano’s capabilities go far beyond the kitchen. Its potency makes oregano a powerhouse when it comes to healing sore throats, but because it is highly concentrated, if not diluted properly it can actually cause more irritation, so take caution.

Either add a couple of drops of the oil to hot water and then breathe in the steam or apply appropriately diluted oil directly to the throat. Each person’s tolerance to oregano will differ, so the best method to start out treatment is “less is more.”

Eucalyptus oil

The oil is where it’s at for cold season. Photo: Annie Spratt/Unsplash

Essential oils have been used to fight infection and sickness for thousands of years, and eucalyptus oil stands out from other oils as being especially effective in combating the symptoms of the common cold.

The oil has been shown to open up airways and decrease the amount of mucus in the sinuses – both very valuable to those suffering from a cold.

Eucalyptus oil has also been shown to ease inflammation and treat infection.

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