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7 Remedies and Tips to Fight Off a Cold Naturally

 Nasal congestion and runny noses are the less pressing symptoms that accompany many winter illnesses, but sometimes they can also be the most distressing. The role of the mucus that our body produces is to trap the bacteria in our airways so that we can remove them easily when blowing our nose.

Therefore, the most important and effective thing you can do to relieve yourself when you have a cold is to remove all this mucus, but it is important to do so in a way that won’t hurt the face’s delicate skin, as well as the tiny blood vessels in the nose. Especially now that the weather is constantly changing and the air is swarming with germs, you should know these 7 remedies and tips that’ll help you cope with a cold easily and efficiently.

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1. Turmeric Drink

Turmeric is used to treat many health problems, especially respiratory problems, including a runny nose. This turmeric drink contains powerful anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatories that give it an anti-bacterial ability making it an excellent drink before bedtime when plagued with a cold. 


  • 2 teaspoons turmeric
  • 2 cups milk
  • A pinch of black pepper
  • Honey to taste
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Preparation and treatment:

1. Pour the milk into the pot and add the turmeric and black pepper. Bring the mixture to a boil.
2. Once boiling, lower the flame and allow to simmer for 5 minutes.
3. Turn off the flame and allow the milk to cool until it is tepid.
4. Strain the milk and add honey to taste. Drink before bedtime and breathe a sigh of relief.

2. Salt Water Rinse

Salt water helps dry and reduce mucus in our airways, making it easier to remove, keeping our airways free. Instead of buying a saline spray, you can prepare one at home, which can also be used on your children as well. 


  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups warm water
  • Dropper or syringe
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Preparation and treatment:

1. Mix the salt with lukewarm water.
2. Use a dropper or syringe to insert the salt water directly into the nostril.
3. Blow your nose gently to remove the salt water along with the mucus that has accumulated in your nose.
4. Repeat on the second nostril.
5. You can do this 2-3 times a day, or just when you feel really congested.

3. Mustard Seed Oil

Mustard seed oil has anti-bacterial and anti-histamine capabilities that provide immediate relief to a cold and the symptoms that accompany it. In addition, it also contains mucolytic acids that help break down and drain mucus from the sinuses. These capabilities allow the mustard seed oil to treat both the symptoms of the cold and the diseases and allergies that cause it, making it an excellent home remedy for colds and nasal congestion.


  • 2-4 drops oil mustard seed
  • Dropper or cotton round
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Preparation and treatment:

1. Place the oil in the dropper or pour some on a cotton round.
2. Drip 1-2 drops into each nostril. If using a cotton round, wring it out into the nostril.
3. Tilt your head back for a few seconds until the oil enters your sinuses.
4. After a few moments, you’ll feel the need to blow your nose. Blow your nose gently. The oil will help get rid of all the dirt and mucus in your airways.

4. Ginger Chew

Ginger is one of the most effective anti-inflammatory agents in nature and helps release mucus and relieves respiratory discomfort. Beyond its contribution to the treatment of colds, ginger is also an excellent remedy for the flu and throat infections.


  • Ginger 
  • Salt
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Preparation and treatment:

1. Peel the ginger.
2. Cut it into small pieces and sprinkle with a little salt.
3. Chew the salted ginger a few times a day, and your nose will quickly dry out. After chewing and swallowing a few times, you can spit out the ginger and rinse out your mouth.

5. Steam Inhalation

The use of steam to relieve a cold has been known since the dawn of history as a treatment that helps make removing the mucus that causes colds and a runny nose, easier. It also reduces nasal irritation that often occurs during a cold. Although steam from boiling water is very effective, it is recommended to add mint, ginger or aromatic oils such as eucalyptus oil to make sure that the soothing feeling lasts longer.


  • Bowl
  • Hot water
  • Towel
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Preparation and treatment:

1. Fill a bowl with hot water and hold your head over it.
2. Place a towel over your head and cover the side of the bowl with it as well, so that the steam doesn’t go anywhere but to your nose.
3. Close your eyes so they don’t hurt from the steam, and take a deep breath inhaling as much steam as possible as deeply as possible.
4. Continue to breathe the steam for 10 minutes and occasionally blow your nose to remove the mucus from the respiratory tract.


6. Garlic soup with onion extract

Garlic is also a well-known remedy for many diseases related to the respiratory tract, but instead of chewing two sharp garlic cloves, you can make simple, tasty garlic soup. It is also recommended to upgrade this remedy with onion extract, which will also help reduce nasal congestion and reduce a fever.


  • 2-3 cloves of garlic
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 onion
  • A pinch of salt
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1. Cut garlic cloves and add them to water. Boil the water with the garlic.
2. Grate the onion and squeeze out its juices.
3. Add the onion extract to the boiling water. Add salt to the mixture.
4. Drink the soup twice a day to get rid of a runny nose.

7. The perfect tea for treating a cold 

If you like your medicine in the form of hot and delicious tea, you can use the following recipe to prepare the perfect tea for those suffering from a common cold. In its ingredient list, you’ll find some foods already mentioned in the article, as well as cinnamon, which has antibacterial capabilities that fight the causes of a runny nose, and also has a wonderful and luxurious taste.

  • ½ teaspoon crushed garlic
  • ½ teaspoon chopped ginger
  • Honey to taste
  • Spoon of lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • Your favorite tea (recommended without caffeine)
  • 2 cups water
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1. Add the garlic, ginger, and cinnamon to the water and boil for about 5 minutes.
2. Strain the water and add the lemon juice and honey to taste.
3. Place the tea bag in the water for a few minutes. Drink the tea 2-3 times a day.

More tips for reducing nasal congestion

Now that you've learned the most effective of grandma’s remedies, you should also familiarize yourself with some simple and effective methods of treating nasal congestion: 
  • Massage the areas between the bridge of the nose and eyes, between the nostrils and cheeks and the earlobes, for 10 seconds each day to release the sinuses and reduce runniness.
  • Prepare warm compresses using a small towel soaked in hot water and put it on your face. Compresses will help reduce the pressure in your sinuses and open your airways.
  • Avoid drinks with caffeine. Researchers have found a link between caffeine addiction and chronic runniness. If you are aware of your addiction to coffee, it is recommended that you reduce the amount of consumption while sick.
  • Drink plenty of fluids. To release nasal congestion, your body needs fluids that will make the mucus liquidy so that it’s easier to remove.
  • Sleep on 2 pillows so your head will be slightly elevated. This will help you breathe better at the night.
  • Use a humidifier in your office or at home to help add moisture to the air, thus diluting the phlegm in your airways.
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