[toc]Those nagging symptoms of cold are back again. The sore throat is making eating and swallowing difficult, the postnasal drip is irritating and the cough is preventing a blissful night in the bed. To top it all the fever is high. So here you are – ridden with cold and its attendant symptoms.
It is not unique to you. Cold affects most of the people and robs the economy of a significant number of mandays. Take pills and stay at home, is the mantra. But you could have averted this problem had you taken timely recourse to some herbal remedies. There are a lot of them. Even now you can adopt herbal remedies. Let us look at some of these.
5 Herbal Remedies For Cold
The cough is disturbing even at night. You must be throwing up a lot of thick mucus. The mucus has deposited in your chest and sinus cavities, and it needs to be brought out. This cab be done by thyme. Thyme is a herb that has been known as an expectorant for a long time.
It clears your lungs and makes breathing easier. You can take thyme tea or inhale thyme vapor. For preparing thyme tea simmer two teaspoon of fresh thyme in a cup of boiling water for at least 10 minutes. Strain and have the tea.
Congestion is one of the most common problems of cold. The whole respiratory system seems to be congested with mucus. The sinuses and the chest are filled with mucus. To get relief you need to decongest the respiratory system.
This can be done by eucalyptus. The most pronounced medicinal effect of eucalyptus is that it is a great decongestant. If you inhale some eucalyptus oil regularly you are sure to feel much lighter in the chest and head. Breathing will become better too.
Whether it is cold or flu, it is caused by a viral or bacterial attack. To regain health and alleviate the symptoms the virus or bacteria needs to be deactivated. This can be quite effectively done by licorice root.
This herb has been used for centuries to defeat infections including many of the respiratory infections. It has been seen that the compound glycyrrhizin found in licorice is quite a potent antiviral compound. You can suck on a licorice root.
Oh the sore throat. Sore throat is sometimes the most immediate manifestation of an attack of cold. It becomes difficult to swallow even a glass of water, let alone food. Salt water gargling does help, but can not cure.
The gargle needs to have a punch. You can deliver the punch with the herb – sage. Sage is anti-inflammatory in nature. If you make a gargling solution with sage you are sure to bring down inflammation in the throat. Alleviation of the inflammation will alleviate the sore throat.
Antivirals are the need of the day. This is because whatever you are doing are toning down the symptoms, but the virals are not deactivated. To deactivate the virus you can use another very potent household herb – ginger. Ginger is full of antiviral compounds. Further, it has a pronounced anti-inflammatory effect. So take ginger tea twice a day and get over the nagging problems of cold.