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Tips To Prevent the Common Cold and Natural Remedies to Ease the Symptoms

Consider Oregano Oil This oil contains antibacterial properties through its ingredients, thymol, and carvacrol. Thymol oils are typically used to relieve headaches and coughs, which are… Trista - October 11, 2019
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Consider Oregano Oil

This oil contains antibacterial properties through its ingredients, thymol, and carvacrol. Thymol oils are typically used to relieve headaches and coughs, which are both common symptoms of the cold.

So how are you going to use this oil while you are sick? You may either ingest the oil, or you can rub it on your chest just like you would any other vapor rub.

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What About Probiotics

Probiotics are live bacteria that support gut health and may also be useful in preventing colds and touches of flu. You probably already knew probiotics were great to keep you regular.

However, research shows that probiotics help support the immune system against flu viruses. Probiotics can be found in yogurt, sauerkraut, miso, and tempeh.

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Ever Heard of North American Ginseng?

Mixed results have shown that this product may help relieve the symptoms of the cold or flu. Research has shown that this particular type of ginseng reduces the risk of contracting the illness and also decreases the duration of the illness.

It is probably not surprising to read that you may either eat raw ginseng, or you may take it in capsule or herbal tea form. Herbal teas are probably the most popular option since the hot tea can also help soothe a sore, itchy throat.

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Yum! Berries

All berries contain a chemical called polyphenols, which have been shown to have antiviral properties and can even help fight against the flu virus. Elderberries specifically have been shown to reduce symptoms of the flu.

A cranberry beverage may also help support immune function. Some of the berries contain vitamin C, which is another natural remedy for the common cold.

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Lots of Vitamin C

This vitamin is essential for immune health and is thought to reduce the frequency of colds. Although no scientific data is supporting the claim that vitamin C helps get rid of the cold, researchers have suggested that taking a regular vitamin C supplement could reduce cold symptoms.

Along with berries, citrus fruits and avocados also contain vitamin C; you can also buy this vitamin in supplement form.Feel free to eat the berries raw, mix them in a smoothie, or top them on a dessert.

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Blow Your Nose, Seriously

This tip may seem self-explanatory and straightforward, but it is still an easy way to combat the common cold. It is healthier for you to blow that mucus out of your body rather than swallowing it, which is almost an automatic response from the drainage that is happening.

However, if you blow too hard, you may carry germs back into your ear canals, causing an earache. So make you blow gently and never force it, even if your nasal passages still feel blocked.

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Take Hot Shower

Showering on a regular basis can help you prevent catching a cold because you are ridding your body of daily germs. However, if you already have a cold, this at-home remedy is just another way to add moisture back into those nasal passages and help soothe congestion.

Plus, you may be a little sweaty if you are one of the ones who come down with a fever; a shower is the perfect place to make you feel better!

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Rub Salve

Although we already mentioned menthol as a natural remedy for the cold, it is crucial to make a separate note here about salves. Mentholated salves do work the best, but rubs containing eucalyptus and camphor may also be of some use. Salve is generally placed under the nose to help open up the nasal passages to make breathing easier.

This cream may also help to relieve the irritated skin under the nose from continually having to expel mucus from the nasal passages. All three types of salve also have mild pain relieving properties. It is important to note here to never put this product inside of your nose; always place it on the outside of the body.

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Don’t Forget About Hot and Cold Packs

Either temperature helps to relieve the pain and pressure you feel in your sinuses. The most commonly affected sinus cavities are found under and above your eyes.

If you do not have these packs available to you, you can make your own: a warm washcloth can be heated in the microwave for about a minute, and any packaged, frozen veggies can be used as a cold pack.

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Sleep with an Extra Pillow

The extra elevation helps to reduce nasal congestion. Nasal congestion is one of the reasons it is so hard to sleep at night when you are suffering from the common cold.

Drink an herbal tea before bed, place some salve under your nose and grab that extra pillow for the best night of sleep with a cold you’ll ever experience! Hopefully you will wake up feeling ten times more refreshed than when you went to bed.

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Don’t Fly

The change in air pressure while flying causes extra stress on the body, which we have already analyzed as a factor causing you to catch the cold virus. Flying with a cold may also damage your eardrums due to the congestion associated with the illness combined with the changing pressures during takeoff and landing.

If you have to fly, it is vital to use a decongestant before your flight leaves. If you want to stick with the all-natural remedies, you could try chewing gum and constantly swallowing to relieve that extra pressure.

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Eat Bananas

Fruit coming to the rescue once again! And this yellow fruit is not only health in general, but it is loaded with potassium. However, that is not the miracle ingredient that helps with a cold. Recent research shows that a protein inside of bananas called banana lectin can bust open viruses.

How does it do this? The protein binds to sugar molecules, which are what surrounds the viral agent. For some reason, when the banana protein binds to the sugar around the virus, the virus becomes harmless.

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Snack on Carrots

Now let us switch to the vegetables. Carrots contain something called beta carotene; one of beta carotene’s functions is to support the body’s mucus membrane, which is what lines the nasal and throat passageways.

When beta carotene is present, it makes it harder for bacteria to adhere to these membranes and cross into the bloodstream, thus preventing infection in the first place.

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Cauliflower Munchies

Have you tried the ever-so-popular cauliflower crust for homemade pizza yet? How about some do-it-yourself chips? This veggie is rich in glutathione, which is a potent antioxidant that helps to fight off infections.

These antioxidants are also useful in supporting the overall immune health, which is working hard during rhinovirus infection.

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Try Egg Yolks

Although a great source of protein, that is not what is so beneficial in this super-food. Egg yolks contain zinc, which we discussed previously as being of benefit to those who have a cold.

Egg yolks also contain selenium, which has been shown to help boost the immune system, which, again, needs all the help it can get when you are sick.

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A Little Bit of Cinnamon

Who knew this spice was so versatile? Cinnamon can be used as an antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal agent! So not only does the spice boosts the immune system, it helps to fight against the pathogen that is making you ill.

There are multiple ways to ingest this product; mix it into your coffee grounds, add it to a cup of tea, sprinkle it on top of oatmeal, add to hot chocolate, or sprinkle it on top of some fruit (maybe some berries?).

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Eat Mushrooms

While they may not seem that healthy at first glance, mushrooms are filled with zinc, which is extremely useful in fighting off the common cold.

When a person is low on zinc, they do not produce as many white blood cells, which is how the body defends itself against infection. Increase your zinc production, and your body becomes the ultimate fighting machine!

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Try Some Watermelon

It may seem like watermelon is mostly water, but it contains lycopene, which is another excellent immune-boosting chemical.

One of the health benefits of lycopene is that it reduces respiratory inflammation, the system that is involved with the cold. As the swelling goes down, relief goes up.

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Yes, Chili Peppers

While these guys will not help you fight off the cold, they can help to clear out your nasal passages, which will ultimately make you feel better. They contain something called capsaicin, which research has shown promotes the feeling of a congested head.

Not only can chili peppers clear out the sinuses and nasal cavities, but it also helps to break up mucus in the lungs.

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Mustard, Please

While this may sound like a strange remedy, it has been proven to work. Why does it work? Mustard has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties. This remedy has been used since the dawn of time, so why not give it a try?

To make a mustard plaster, you mix one tablespoon of mustard with two to four tablespoons of flour. Next, mix in one egg white and enough warm water to make a paste. Then rub this paste in between two pieces of cloth. Rub some olive oil on your chest before placing the plaster cloth on the skin. Believe it or not, mustard burns the skin, so only leave the towel on for a few minutes and wipe off any residue that remains.

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What Doesn’t Work?

Now that we have discussed what does work, let us take a quick moment to consider what will not work for your cold symptoms. Even though doctors may want to prescribe them to you, antibiotics will not help your viral infection. Medicines only work against bacterial infections, not viral infections such as the cold. Taking antibiotics without needing them may cause antibiotic resistance in some bacteria.

Over the counter cough and cold medications are also found to be ineffective for children. They may be harmful to children under the age of six. So why not stick to all the natural remedies discussed above!

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