Influenza or Flu or Cold is a common viral infection, which causes a lot of discomfort. Viral infections cannot be treated or prevented by taking antibiotics. There is no cure for a cold, but taking ample fluids, plenty of rest, and following home remedies can help to relieve the symptoms.

The individual suffering from cold may experience discomforting symptoms, such as nasal congestion, a sore throat, runny nose, sneezing, cough, fever, and body ache. The symptoms of flu may last from 3 to 7 days. However, following some simple yet effective home remedies and natural remedies can help you obtain relief from the discomfort resulting due to the cold. Keep reading to learn all about it.

Kindly find some tips which may help to reduce the symptoms, prevent the further progression of the condition, and shorten the duration of the cold.

Helpful Tips To Relieve You Of The Cold Naturally

  1. Steam Inhalation:

Steam inhalation helps to relieve the pain, open up the nasal passages, and loosen the mucus in the sinuses. It may not kill the virus but helps to make you feel better. Apply hot water packs around your congested sinuses and experience good relief.

  1. Sip Hot Fluids:

Have a cup of warm milk mixed with turmeric & honey, or have a hot coffee, tea, or chicken soup which will help to relieve you of the congestion and alleviate your pain.

  1. Rest:

Rest and time off are important. A fair amount of rest is the key to treating the cold. Reducing your stress and sleeping well will help you experience a speedy recovery.

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  1. Soothe A Sore Throat:

Add some salt to a glass of warm water and gargle using this salty water. Gargling can help soothe a scratchy throat and breakdown the secretions.

  1. Honey Preparations:

Honey is a time-honored home remedy to relieve the cough and cold. Honey has antimicrobial properties that help to relieve the symptoms of a cold. Honey can be used in a cup of warm water along with the lemon, or you can have honey in the milk.

  1. Garlic:

Garlic has antiviral properties, so it may help you fight off a common cold. One can eat raw garlic or take a garlic supplement.

  1. Apply Essential Oils:

Herbal essential oils work as natural antibiotics and antivirals. These include eucalyptus oil, tea tree oil, oregano oil, cinnamon oil, and peppermint oil. Do not ingest these oils, as they can be toxic. You can use them on the skin by mixing them with other oils, such as almond oil or olive oil.

  1. Use An Extra Pillow Under Your Head:

Sleeping with an elevated head will help relieve the congested nasal passages.

  1. Eat Infection-Fighting Foods:

Eating vitamin C containing foods, such as blueberries, will help to relieve you of the fever and pain. Chilli peppers may open sinuses and help break-up the mucus. Black and green tea contain catechin, a phytochemical having a natural antimicrobial effect. So, you may have this remedial tea.

  1. Holy Basil & Pepper:

Take a handful of Holy Basil (Tulasi) leaves and 10 black peppers. Grind them together and have the blended paste thrice a day. It will help to relieve the cold & cough.

Treatment is not always needed to treat the discomforting cold. All the above mentioned home remedies are quite effective cold medicines, useful to shorten the duration and alleviate your illness.


  • Written by Dr. Mithila K, Associate to Dr. Rajesh Shah M.D. (HOM)

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