Common cold can strike a person few times in year and can stay for three to ten days each time that is why natural remedies are sought in place of pharmaceuticals and drugs as natural treatment does not cause any adverse effect on prolonged and frequent use. Common cold is caused due to virus infection and it is estimated that there are more than 200 different types of viruses which can cause common cold in human beings and these are contagious too. Though most types of the common cold are not serious in nature but there effects can make life miserable. Headache, stuffed or running nose, soreness of throat, mild fever, dry cough and fatigue are few problems associated with common cold.
Medically it is believed that curing common cold is not possible, it is a viral infection and body generates anti-bodies to flush it out on its own. The natural remedies or any other treatment can only provide support to body’s immunity system to flush the infection out and relieve the symptoms. Common cold with high fever and severe problems in breathing is of serious nature and medical advice shall be taken immediately. It is almost impossible to stay away from infection as it can spread from one person to another in lesser ventilated areas like offices, elevators and crowded market place, it can also affect a person with weak immunity, person exposed to a cold area, due to sudden changes in temperature or due to dust carrying infection. Natural remedies can uplift the immunity system to prevent these infections as they come in normal day to day life and if already affected then to flush them out as early as possible.
Lemon is a rich source of vitamin C which can boost up immunity system for curing common cold infection. Consuming one lemon in a day is extremely good for digestion and immunity system. It can be consumed by mixing it with water or in food as taste enhancer. Use of garlic also provides relief from cold symptoms naturally and has antiseptic and antispasmodic properties to benefit health for preventing infections. Soup made by boiling 4-5 cloves of garlic in water is an effective natural remedy for cold. Ginger tea or one teaspoon of ginger juice mixed with half teaspoon of honey is an excellent natural remedy for sore throat, dry cough and reducing cough formation in the body to cure the infection in short time. Use of ginger in food or in tea regularly reduces episode of cold infection to a large extent.
Decoction made by mixing 50 mg of tamarind and 250 ml of water and boiling it on a low flame for few minutes, later one teaspoon of clarified butter and half a teaspoon of pepper mixed in it. Consumption of this mixture can remove nasal blockages and throat soreness for immediate relief. There are many other herbs which also provide natural remedies for relieving common cold symptoms. Astragalus boosts up immunity system and reduces effect of rhinovirus causing cold, Echinacea reduces susceptibility to cold by improving immunity system, elderberry, slippery elm bark and cat’s claw are all famous for providing natural remedy by improving immunity and fighting virus infections causing common cold and removing them in short duration.