Winter came early and disoriented in Minnesota this year, and while the snow has melted strangely now, the cold season is still well on their merry way. It’s like the moment those first snowflakes blew the throats of land started getting pain, nose got stuffed, and suddenly there was a mass shortage of tissue in the state (not really, but the point gets across.)
The common cold is a virus, or rather, a lot of virus, more than 200, to be more specific. Like a virus that is not curable, and since there are many strains there is no way to make a vaccine as there is with the flu. When catching a cold virus attaches to the mucous membranes of the nose and throat and essentially hijacks cells living there, forcing more cells of the virus to replicate. Everything is pretty sinister reality. When the body tries to fight the virus symptoms appear, such as coughing, sneezing, sore throat, congestion and generally mild fatigue. Remedies aim to alleviate these symptoms to help keep you comfortable while your immune system strong battles virus away. Many of the home remedies for cold below can be altered to suit your preferences (for example, a more or less spicy in the decongestant different essential oil, etc, etc) may be some overlap with remedies sore throat or cough, but I try and offer some variety here. Over time you will have your own access to the remedies and recipes.
1. tea hot ginger
This is one of the best teas to drink when you feel dull and disgusting. Ginger is delicious, warm, slightly spicy one. aromatic compounds such as capsaicin (found in chili peppers) or piperine (found in black pepper) are part of a family of compounds that provide numerous healing benefits. In the ginger family compound called gingerol (original, right?), And it helps relieve congestion in a couple of ways. First, it reduces inflammation of the mucous membranes lining the nasal passages and sinus cavity inflammation and this greatly contributes to the buildup of pressure and congestion. When inflammation is reduced, mucosa may flow out rather than get all jammed up. Although slightly less scientific, it is also the fact that its spiciness has enough of a kick that may just perfectly loosen the accumulated phlegm. The tea itself is wonderful for you because you are getting more fluids, your body desperately needs when fighting a disease, and inhalation of the vapors of steam can also help loosen any congestion that may be waiting. The recipe below is for an infusion, rather than a decoction (when activated grass steep in boiling water), but you can do o.
-6-8 tablespoons grated fresh ginger root
-A pinch of cinnamon (optional)
-A dash of lemon juice (optional)
-A board honey (optional)
-4 cups of freshly boiled water
-A glass bottle (at least 1 quart gallon)
Place the ginger in a 1-quart glass and sprinkle a little cinnamon if you are using. Bring the water to boil, and then carefully poured into the jar to cover the ginger. Let stand for 30-40 minutes and be sure to cover the jar-this is important because it keeps everything right evaporating oil essential goodness it deserves in your cup! Cepa (use gloves or a hot towel and jar can still be quite warm) and then pour yourself a fresh cup of piping. You may find that you want to reheat the tea slightly. Add honey and lemon if you are using them, SIP and taste, and make breathing vapor. Save the rest of the tea in the refrigerator up to 24 hours, reheat and drink 3 times a day.
2. Essential Vapor
A beautiful almost immediate solution for nasal congestion is steamed out. This is a remedy of my favorites and worth repeating in numerous lists of remedy. You can reap the benefits of water vapor by breathing in a cup of hot tea, take a hot shower or filling a container with hot water and the addition of an essential oil. The best key to use for this are strong as tea tree, peppermint or eucalyptus oils (tea tree and eucalyptus being the best in my opinion.) The anti-viral anti-bacterial oil / properties of tea tree they can be made through the steam, which help fight any errors you’re fighting. Both tea tree and eucalyptus are, of course, stronger odor, which also helps to dislodge congestion.
-5 to 10 drops of eucalyptus, tea tree oil, or a combination
-A heat resistant bowl
Put essential oils in the bottom of the cup and then pour several cups of boiling water. Start by putting your face on the container at a comfortable distance-steam can do some damage if not careful. Eventually have your face directly over the container as close as comfortable as possible. Place the towel over your head to trap the steam all healing, and breathe deeply. Resurface as necessary if they get too hot. Have some tissues handy to blow her nose after! Repeat 2-3 times a day, adjusting the amount of essential oil to your preferences. Some people find that too much water will cause your eyes, so start with less.
3. Go with a classic cure
I love old-home remedies that one time no need to question about the chemical level, digging why they work or do not work. They simply are, as they have been for generations, and as we will in the coming years. One of these home remedies for cold classic consists of three known ingredients and garlic, lemon and honey. You can combine them into more complex shapes, if desired, but this recipe is as simple as it seems. It is particularly useful for a cold which is accompanied by a sore throat and dry cough.
-1 medium garlic clove
-1 teaspoon of honey
Crush up the garlic and place in a glass with lemon juice. Top it off with honey (you can add more to taste if desired) and then top it off with warm water. Give it a stir, and drink completely. Repeat 2-3 times a day for the duration of your symptoms.
4. Make a honey syrup Onion
This recipe is ideal for the cold that come with a nasty cough. Honey is a wonder to cure a sore throat, while onion works his wonders through antibacterial and anti-inflammatory action. You can also help loosen phlegm in the chest deep.
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5. Mmm-mmm mullein
This could be a home remedy that you’re tempted to pass over because it does not recognize the name of the herb. It’s too much of a hassle to try to figure out what the hell is mullein and would rather go for the apple cider vinegar or something you can pull out of the wood surface, right? While it is nice, the beauty of the Internet is that you can get these herbs and other ingredients without having to chase a natural health store in a dark place through the state border.
Mullein is a biennial (every two years grows) plant that can be found along roadsides in temperate climates, or 5-9 areas in the United States. He is tall, with small flowers and yellow leaves starting weak and soft. It is an excellent expectorant, meaning it thins and phlegm so you can cough out is loosened. This is very useful if you have a lot of congestion, especially in the chest. It works great when combined with other expectorants such as thyme, which is added here as well.
-1-2 tablespoons dried or fresh mullein 4-6 tablespoons (flowers or flowers / leaves)
-2 1/2 teaspoons dried thyme 5 fresh teaspoons
-1-1 ½ cups of fresh water
-Honey / lemon to taste
Place the herbs in a large bowl and bring water to a boil . Pour over the herbs and cover and let it rest for 15-20 minutes. Strain, stir in honey or lemon if you are using it, and savor every sip of healing. Drink 2-3 times a day to help clear congestion.
6. Make a simple syrup
No … not the kind that only sugar and water, but syrup medicinal healing really is wonderful and tasty and so satisfying to . Syrups are great for kids because they are much more inclined to take them instead of trying to get drink a bitter tea. Syrups are, in fact, only one extra strong medicinal tea is reduced with a little honey. They are one of my favorites of all time to make and are easy to take, even when the throat is aching and has no appetite. This particular syrup include marshmallow root, licorice root, cinnamon and ginger. Ok so this syrup is not the sweetest of examples, but it is effective! marshmallow root and licorice root are infamous for help relieve cough and sore throat shelves because they are rich in mucilage that provides a soothing coating mucous membranes. Cinnamon and ginger helps congestion, taste and pain relief.
-1 teaspoon of licorice root
-1 tablespoon of marshmallow root
-1 tablespoon cinnamon sticks cinnamon OR 6
-1 tablespoon minced ginger
4 cups water
-1 cup organic raw honey
-Glass bottle hermetically sealed cover
Mix the herbs, cinnamon and ginger and then add it to a saucepan with 4 cups cold water. Simmer the mixture simmer until it has reduced by half. Strain the herbs, then pour the liquid in the pot. On the lowest level of heat she moved in honey and let it sit, bubbling gently for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and bottle, making sure that the label on the date you made the lot on. Take up to 1-2 tablespoons 3 times a day for the relief of cough, sore throat and congestion. In the refrigerator this will last for 3-4 weeks.
7. Make your own healing inhaler
DIY inhalers may sound a little … weird, but I love them. They have saved my Tush on more than one occasion when they got stuck with a bad cold, and are a great way to use essential oils. Also they allow you to bring the benefits of essential oils practically everywhere you go. This inhaler cold and flu is perfect when traveling or for home use.
Learn how to make your own inhaler.
8. Chest Salve
There is a good recipe to make your own vapor rub here, but this simple mixture can be whipped in a hurry if you are running short on time, ingredients, or just feel crummy to do anything else. While I prefer the first recipe, this works well if you just want a little something that is used in conjunction with a hot water bottle (see below). Menthol in the essential oil is what creates the refreshing feeling that makes you feel like you can breathe more easily, even when you’re all covered.
-1/2 cup coconut oil
-15 drops of peppermint essential oil
-A airtight container
Over a double boiler, melt the coconut oil. Remove from the heat and pour into a heat-safe airtight container. Add essential oils, stir and seal as it cools. Once it has cooled completely, simply rub some on the chest or under the nose (be careful not to touch your eyes, I rubbed peppermint essential oil in the eye before and it’s not nice!) This keep in a cool, dark direct sunlight up to 3 years instead.
9. Loosen heat
Good hot water outmoded can help loosen phlegm and congestion deep in his chest. The slow, steady heat loosen your muscles and loosen phlegm climbing assistance. It is a very simple home remedy, non-invasive that it is very relaxing. If desired, rub some ointment up to the chest to increase efficiency.
-A hot water bottle
-A piece of soft flannel or similar fabric
I am very especially about how to fill my bottles, which need not be so careful, but I will share my favorite anyway method. Start with hot water (do not have to be hot, no matter what your comfort level is really) and fill the bottle halfway. “Burping” to remove air, and then continue to fill almost to the top, leaving 1-2 inches of space at the top. It should not be a hard lump hot; it should be slightly soft. Thus it is easily supported through any surface you’re putting in, and I find it more comfortable. Wrapped in a thin piece of flannel or something similar (I often find towels too thick) and place it on his back, between the shoulder blades. You can also rest on your chest, if you prefer. Try to keep the head leaning a bit if you have a very stuffed up nose. Who knew hot water bags so they could be involved?
10. Compensation breast Bath salts
No, I do not mean an illicit drug . Make a mixture of salt scented bath is a wonderful way to relieve a tired, sick, body and clear congestion. It is the most perfect thing you need when you are trying to get over a nasty cold, especially if you happen to be affected during the cold winter months. Aromatherapy combined with the soothing warmth of the bathroom simply can not be beat! This recipe calls for a simple combination of essential oils curing classic cold, but you can mix and match and come to your own favorite blend.
-1 cup of Epsom salt
-3 drops of essential oil of eucalyptus
-3 drop of peppermint essential oil
-3 drops lavender essential oil
-a small bowl to blend
a glass airtight container or a plastic PET
the salt was poured into the container, in a different dish, mix essential oils. Add oil to salt and mix well with a spoon. When taking a bath fill the tub halfway, add 2-3 tablespoons of salt, and fill up the rest of the way. Breathe deeply and relax!
11. Make It Hot
If you are someone who can take the heat of chili peppers, one is munching on a temporary way to carry out the congestion quickly. The constituent in chili peppers that makes them is called capsaicin and in addition to many other benefits, which can help loosen mucus so you can eject it. Of course, there is the fact that there is something in the spicy just seems to knock him out, natural or expectorants skills.
-1 hot pepper
quite simple-take a bite of pepper, or just eat some spicy food. Consuming a spicy broth is also wonderful, as fluids, heat and steam, and expectorant action.
12. Sore Throat Gargle
To help cure a sore throat, gargle with a mixture of sage, apple cider vinegar, and salt. Salt, through the magical force called osmosis, draw excess fluid from the tissues of the throat that has been causing uncomfortable swelling. The apple cider vinegar can help stop the insect, but even if not, still seems to help with the pain. Sage is a wonderful herb when it comes to colds. It is astringent, which means that also serve to remove excess fluid from the tissues and anti-bacterial. The amount of salvia use results in a very concentrated form of tea is not the tastiest infusion, but is good at his job.
-1 cup of apple cider vinegar
-4 tablespoons dried or fresh sage 8 tablespoons
-1 teaspoon salt
– 1 cup water
-A glass jar with lid closes tightly (should contain 2 cups of liquid.)
Place sage leaves in the bottom of a cup and cover with 1 cup of boiling water. Let stand for 15 minutes, covered. While soaking sage, pour 1 cup of apple cider vinegar in the bottle and sprinkle on the salt. When fully infused, strain the tea sage and add the apple cider vinegar. Gargle a mouthful at least 3 times a day to relieve pain. Store in refrigerator up to 1 week.
13. Rock on With Radish
Just a “plain ol horseradish will do the trick here. This deliciously crunchy, spicy vegetables is much anti-septic and full of vitamins and minerals. While horseradish is the most powerful decongestant regular garden radish works just as well for some people, especially those who are sensitive to the spice. If you are feeling stuffed, eat a couple of these little gems and you may be pleasantly surprised to find clear in no time.
02.03 Eat radishes twice daily to help with congestion. I like to keep mine in the refrigerator at all times so they are extra fresh and crisp and easy to lose.
14. Less involved-elderberry Syrup
There is a more involved elderberry syrup in the roots version Book All day I love, but sometimes you just need a simple version. Sometimes the list of ingredients and the process may deter people, but it really is a precious resource and delicious to boot. Elderberry is great for any cold-related thing, because it decreases the inflammation of mucous membranes, allowing you to breathe better and relieve congestion. You can shorten the duration of colds, and potentially keep your immune system in better shape another error must try to hit when you’re down. Mucilage constituent can also help with a sore throat that has been devastated by coughing or one that is simply too painful. Be sure to use only what is commonly called berry black elderberry (Sambucus nigra) and other members of the family can be toxic. Do not eat raw elder berries in any way.
-a generous 1/2 cup dried berries elderberry
-3 cups water
-A generous 1 cup honey
Put the berries and water into the pan and bring the water to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 50 minutes. Strain the liquid through a sieve, making sure to use the back of a spoon push any excess liquid out of the berries. Add one heaping cup of raw honey to the liquid once it has cooled to room temperature and stir roughly until thoroughly combined. Bottle and store in the refrigerator for up to 3 months. Take 1 tablespoon daily to prevent diseases adults and 1 teaspoon daily for children old enough to be safely honey age. If you have a cold, take the dose every 3-4 hours until he recovers.
15. You’re Golden
Goldenseal grows wild in the regions humid mountain in North America, where the soil is covered with dead leaves which feed on the rich soil planting its roots. Seal Native American precious gold, and mixed with bear grease for use as insect repellant or do it in a lotion classes for injury or eye pain. An astringent and antibacterial herb, it is also wonderful to work in the mucous membranes, which obviously are adversely affected when it comes to a common cold. It is antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and astringent properties are very likely contributed to its alkaloids isoqinoline (berbine * canadine and Hydrastine.) In a broad sense, the isoqinoline simply refers to the structural backbone of the alkaloids, which are nitrogen organic compounds are based on the ground. Unfortunately, goldenseal has been extremely, being harvested, so get yours from a sustainable source of confidence.
* Berbine can stimulate contractions, so do not take goldenseal in any way if you are pregnant.
-1 cup of fresh water
-2 teaspoons dried golden seal
-Honey or lemon to taste
goldenseal Place in a bowl and cover with boiling water cool. Steep, covered, for 10-15 minutes. Stir in the honey and lemon to taste, and drink 2-3 times a day.
16. Whatever rubs
Acupressure is a wonderful way to relieve the discomfort of a number of ailments and colds are no exceptions. If you are experiencing sinus pressure or discomfort with his cold, there are three main pressure points that can be used to relieve congestion and release the pressure. Their nasal cavities are lined with mucosa air pockets located inside the bones of the face and skull. Each opens into a corresponding nasal meatus (aka, nasal passage.) There is the superior meatus, middle meatus, and inferior meatus. When your breasts fill with mucus and swollen, not only obstructed breathing, you also have a face full of pressure and pain. By activating the appropriate pressure points, you can open the blocked sinuses and open nasal passages, relieving pressure and releasing blocked congestion.
B2: B2 is in the bladder meridian, and affect your sinuses, which are located behind the brow ridges. This point itself is located in the scripts of their sockets of the upper eyes, on either side of the bridge of the nose, where the crest of the eyebrows is. Rest your index finger beside his nose with the tip of the scripts, and gradually apply pressure, holding the points for 2-3 minutes. Towards the end, gradually ease the pressure. Breath deeply.
LI20: LI20 or large intestine 20, will open and relieve the maxillary sinuses. The maxillary sinuses are the largest, and are usually what comes to mind when you think of sinus pressure. The point is under the eyes, just below the cheekbones. You will find when pressed to be a small script that may or may not feel a little sensitive. Gentle pressure is all that is needed here. Keep the points for 2-3 minutes, gradually increasing the pressure, and the lightning at the end. Breath deeply.
St3: St3 or stomach 3, also relieves the maxillary sinuses. The points are located just a little further out and further down LI20. Pressure can be applied to St3 while LI20, which can sometimes have a greater effect. also keep the points for 2-3 minutes, gradually increasing the pressure and then decreases at the end. Breath deeply.
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