Stress, vulnerable immune system, poor diet: many factors can cause cold. A cold can last several days, accompanied by sore throat, cough, headache and fever. In fact, if not treated promptly and appropriately, a cold can escalate into more serious pathologies.
In any case, prevention is better than cure! The key to success lies in a balanced diet, the regular practice of sports and above all, natural remedies that can help our immune system to fight against the classical symptoms of cold. Its may seem surprising, but consuming vitamin C is the best way to combat cold.
Enjoy seasonal foods and eat lemons, oranges, grapefruits, pineapples and other fruits and vegetables rich in vitamin C. If, despite all your vigilance and your eating habits, you end up with a case of cold, here are some well known classics to modern natural remedies that will help you combat it quickly and effectively.
Hot milk and honey (preferably eucalyptus honey), mixed with propolis extracts, are one of the most common ingredients used in cold remedies; you can replace the milk with a good tea or infusion (ask your herbalist).
The eucalyptus, in the form of honey or oil, can be combined with clove to intensify the effect. Just marinate cloves overnight in honey and then take them out of the preparation, before drinking it.
To reduce a sore throat, hot apple vinegar is an excellent remedy; dilute it in a glass of water and gargle.
Now open your closet: chances are that you will find garlic, onions and chili plants rich in active ingredients. These are very effective in the treatment of winter illnesses. Red onion, in particular, has decongestant and expectorant properties. Boil some red onion and use the juice to gargle. Garlic is a natural antibiotic; although its flavor is not to everyone’s taste, it is perfect for fever and cough. Grind in a little over a slice of bread or dissolve it in a cup of warm milk. Peppers contain capsaicin, a substance capable of stimulating the production of protective mucus in colds or sinusitis.
There are other plants that can be included among natural remedies against cold: sage, rosemary, oregano and thyme are recommended to rebalance, disinfect and soothe the body. All of them can be absorbed in the form of homemade infusion served several times a day, or already available at the herbalist.
Essential oils like thyme, eucalyptus and some other herbs can also help you fight against nasal congestion. You don’t need expensive aroma therapies: just pour a few drops into a pot of boiling water, cover your head with a wet towel and breathe deeply, making short breaks between inhalations.
Echinacea system is a natural anti-infection ingredient used in homeopathy, and it is very effective in strengthening the immune system. You can take it mixed with tea or syrup. Careful, though, because it can have side effects. Always remember to consult your doctor before starting a treatment.
Horseradish is another plant widely used against phlegm and diseases of the respiratory system.
Wild rose or pink dog is another true elixir of well-being, very rich in vitamin C , which you can absorb in the form of preparations in teas and infusions.
Finally, melissa: this plant stimulates sweating and kidney drainage, helping the body to detoxify. A good infusion enriched with a spoonful of eucalyptus honey can relieve your headaches and your cough.