whats the best way to get rid of cough and cold, a very bad one?

Colds and coughs are the most common and widespread of all ailments. Colds and coughs are not a serious ailment although in some situations they may be indicative of a more serious disorder. Although not serious they are extremely troubling because of the irritation, annoyance and discomfort they cause. Coughs and colds may be caused due to infections of the respiratory tract or due to irritants present in the environment. Most cases of a common cold do not require medical treatment and natural remedies alone or lifestyle changes should be effective enough.

The most effective home treatments for a cough and cold include steam inhalations and natural remedies. Here are some of the common home remedies for a cough and cold:

  • Boost your intake of fluids by drinking a lot more water and fruit juices. This will help to keep your system well hydrated. It can also help loosen congestion. At the same time avoid alcohol and caffeinated drinks that can worsen the problem.
  • Salt water gargles are an age old remedy and they are actually quite effective for soreness of the throat.
  • Saline nasal sprays are also quite effective and helpful for relieving congestion and stuffiness.
  • Chicken soup is another traditional remedy that may appear to have no merit to skeptics, but research has proven it be effective for colds, coughs and congestion. Chicken soup works as an anti inflammatory and also as a decongestant.
  • Honey is also useful as a remedy for cough, but is a lot more effective if combined with ginger. Extract juice from ginger and mix it with honey. A teaspoon twice or thrice a day will help improve your condition significantly.
  • Turmeric powder is also believed to be a useful natural ingredient to fight a cold and cough. Add a spoonful to a glass of warm milk and drink this twice a day for a couple of days.
  • Brandy is also a popular traditional remedy, and is extremely effective.
  • A glass of warm milk, with a dash of honey, or a cup of chamomile tea just before going to bed can help soothe your throat and give you a good night’s rest.
  • Aromatherapy is an invaluable natural discipline when dealing with a variety of respiratory disorders, with the most common being a cold and cough. Essential oils like eucalyptus and thyme are very effective and can be used in diffusers, as chest rubs, in baths and soak, or for steam inhalation. Keep in mind however that essential oils need to be diluted.

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