Fall is here and winter is right around the corner, which means millions of colds are on the way. In fact, adults average 2-3 of them every year.
It’s miserable business with all the coughing, body aches, runny noses and sore throats. To make matters worse, there’s no known cure. You just have to suffer through it.
Or do you?
You probably can’t avoid getting a cold. What you can do is take advantage of homeopathic cold remedies to kick your cold to the curb.
So let’s jump in!
That’s right, the stuff you sprinkle in pasta sauce helps you recover faster. It’s an anti-inflammatory, which helps with the aches and sore throat of a cold. It also helps lower fevers.
With a bit of preparation, you can use it to reduce mucus and phlegm. Boil the basil leaves with some black pepper and a little fresh ginger. Once it cools, filter it with cheesecloth and drink.
The best part is that you can grow your own basil at home!
Kratom is a relatively recent addition to the ranks of homeopathic cold remedies. Its traditional use is as a pain reliever, which can make a cold more tolerable.
What makes it valuable as a remedy is that it also contains antiviral compounds. Viruses cause your colds. Unlike the antibiotics used for infections, we don’t have much in the way of medicine to kill viruses.
Kratom isn’t available in stores, but you can find it online at websites like The Kratom Connection.
Garlic contains alliin. When you chew or crush garlic, it turns alliin into the cold-fighting compound allicin. Garlic also acts as an antiviral.
Chewing fresh garlic can help shorten colds and make the symptoms less severe. If the idea of chewing on raw garlic is a bit much, you can mince the garlic and mix it with honey.
Much like basil, this is a low-cost remedy you can find in any grocery store or even grow yourself.
It’s not the first thing most people reach for when they have a cold, but yogurt should be on your list.
The probiotics in yogurt actually help the immune system function better. They can also help balance the bacteria in your digestive tract, which helps you avoid diarrhea.
At a practical level, yogurt gives your body some of the protein it needs to fight a cold. It also has a smooth texture and gets served cold. That makes it easier to swallow and can help soothe sore throats.
Ginger has anti-inflammatory qualities that help to ease sore throats and muscle aches. It’s also a stimulant, which can help stave off some of the fatigue you get with a cold.
The easiest way to take it is to chop some up and make a tea from it. You can usually find ginger root in the produce section of a grocery store.
Beat the Sniffles with Homeopathic Cold Remedies
Odds are good that you’ll get at least one cold this year and there isn’t much your doctor can do for you. But you can help yourself.
Try to stay positive. Believe it or not, a positive mindset helps you heal faster. When you add some homeopathic cold remedies to that, it’s a one-two punch that sends your cold to the curb.
If you’re struggling with staying upbeat, check our post on improving your happiness!