8 natural remedies to fight the symptoms of the cold
Winter is a time of year when it is very common to get colds and flu. Although both have common symptoms, they differ in that the cold is accompanied by discharge and nasal congestion, sore throat, sneezing, hoarseness and general malaise, while the flu It may include severe muscle pain or swelling, extreme fatigue, severe headache, dry cough, high fever, red, sore and swollen eyes.
In the case of severe symptoms, it is best to consult with our general practitioner, however, often these two conditions develop with mild symptoms for which we can turn to the Natural medicine.
What to take to fight the symptoms of the cold
The vitamin C is indispensable for an optimal function of immune system to fight the virus and bacteria. The recommended foods are: kiwi, grapes, strawberries, melon, papaya, green leafy vegetables, cabbage, tomatoes, broccoli and the family of citrus fruits such as oranges, limes, lemons, grapefruit and tangerines.
Vitamin C is also a antioxidant powerful. Improve the iron absorption of foods of plant origin and plays a role in the synthesis of certain neurotransmitters and collagen, which is essential for tissue repair.
Besides Foods rich in vitamin C, there are other natural ingredients that can be used as home remedies to help your symptoms:
- Honey: it's especially good at softening the dry cough. Shake a teaspoon in your tea or enjoy it if you smear it on a slice of wheat bread. If you can, it is recommended that it be organic, and it must be taken into account that it is not recommended for children under two years of age.
- Garlic: it is recommended to eat raw, put some in a green juice during the mornings or simply add to the taste in what is cooked.
- Onion: Just like garlic, you only have to include it, preferably raw, in what is cooked. As for example, a salad.
- Eucalyptus: it is a great decongestant. It can usually be used to massage the chest or pills.
- Thyme: it is fantastic for the treatment of upper respiratory conditions. It is an indispensable condiment during the season of stews and roasts. In addition, you can add a pinch of thyme to your teas or a large bouquet of fresh twigs to your hot bath.
- Cinnamon: mix half a tablespoon of cinnamon powder with a tablespoon of honey to calm the cough. Add this paste to your tea or eat it three times a day.
- Ginger: helps sweat Put a spoonful of fresh ginger in a cup of water to make a tea. Or you can also use the grated ginger in your salads or consommé. Add a little in your juices.
- Herbal steam bath: A few drops of oil of essences of thyme, tea tree, rosemary, lavender or eucalyptus can be used to prepare a steam bath. Carefully place a towel over your head and breathe in the steam.
What to do to recover from a cold:
- Try to stay at home and rest well enough.
- Stay hydrous.
- The soups of chicken or vegetables come in handy.
- Sleep with a extra pillow for a more vertical position.
- Do not travel by plane unless you really have to.
- Keep your clean nose with warm salt water and lubricated with almond oil.
Rocío River of the Earthenware, Health Coach.