August 30, 2010

Home Remedies for Chest Cold

Posted in Category : Natural Cures

There are numerous reasons for a person to suffer from chest congestion and chest colds. This is primarily due to catching some infections germs and viruses from the air or from other people around or also from smoking a lot. There are however various natural chest cold remedies that can help this problem. The common chest cold symptoms are runny nose, fever at times, wheezing, difficulty while breathing and accompanying headaches.

A common chest cold treatment is making some ginger tea and drinking at least 2 to 3 cups in a day. Start by boiling some water and adding to this a few pieces of fresh ginger. Let this mixture boil for around 10 to 12 minutes and then cool it and drink it. Milk and honey could be added for taste. Ginger is rich in various enzymes that help fight against the cold virus and thus provide the person with some measure of relief. Having some freshly made chicken soup or broth is equally good in providing relief from a chest cold. This hot soup aids in unclogging the nasal passages and proving some relief and easier breathing. Chicken soup also provides essential nutrients that are essential for a person suffering from a chest cold who will have a low immune system. Garlic is another useful home remedy for tackling chest colds. There are various different ways in which one can consume garlic. This can be done by adding some fresh garlic cloves to the foods we eat like salads and curries or simply mashing up a clove of garlic and swallowing it with some honey. When suffering from a common cold it is essential to increase one’s intake of vitamin C as much as possible. This vitamin is very useful in fighting against the virus that causes a chest cold. Fruits like lemons and oranges are high in Vitamin C as are grapefruits. Vitamin C can also be consumed in the form of supplement tablets. Spicy foods that are high in garlic, onions, and cayenne pepper are great antioxidants. These help the body in recovering from the chest cold. One can even try soaking in a hot bath on a regular basis or doing a steam inhalation. This also helps in clearing the nasal passages and facilitating easier breathing. The herb Echinacea is also very useful for treating this condition. One should get plenty of rest at this time and sleep a lot. Drinking plenty of fluids is also essential in preventing dehydration.