When winter comes around the chances are that you’re going to catch at least one cold. There’s a vaccination for the flu, but not for the common cold! If a cold is upon you then the chances are that you are desperate for ways to ease it. The runny nose, sneezing and headaches are never pleasant. While there is no quick fix, there are certainly some natural remedies that can ease your symptoms and help kick that cold a little sooner.
Dehydration is a common symptom of a cold and it’s important to make sure that you are drinking lots of fluids. Water is the best choice but herbal teas (we recommend peppermint for its soothing qualities) or juices will also help. Try to stay away from soft drinks and caffeinated beverages.
I know that we’re all busier than ever these days, and we’re convinced that no one will be able to cope with out us, but they really will! Let’s face it, no one wants you to come to work sneezing and coughing everywhere. They would prefer you to stay home and rest is what your body needs. Make the most of it, snuggle up in bed, binge watch Netflix and get better!
Drink honey & lemon
Another symptom of a cold is a terribly sore throat. An old but effective remedy to ease this is hot water with a spoonful of honey and a dash of lemon. Honey is also known to help suppress the symptoms of a cough too.
A hot, steamy shower will not only make you feel better after being in bed all day, the steam is also great for helping with a blocked nose and head cold. Place a few drops of Eucalyptus essential oils nearby too for some added healing benefits (plus it smells amazing!).
Don’t dismiss the old chicken soup recipe too quickly! When you’re not feeling well, soup is a great way to get some food into you, and there’s nothing wrong with comfort food! For extra benefits add ingredients like ginger and garlic to the soup (or ask Mum too if she’s kind enough to make it for you), as they have the added benefits of helping to ease your symptoms too. We like this immune boosting chicken soup recipe.
Remember to also take high potency Hivita Vitamin C and Zinc to help strengthen your immunity and reduce the length and severity of colds and flu. For the little ones Hivita Liquivita for Kids offers a great immunity boost.
Remember, the main cure for a cold is time, with the average cold lasting 7-10 days. While there’s no ‘quick cure’, easing your symptoms and making yourself feel as good as you can will certainly help. What are you waiting for? Grab some water and soup and get some rest!