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

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… Trista - October 11, 2019

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?).


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!


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.


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.


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.


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!