With winter here, stuffy nose, itchy throats, chest congestions, headaches, and just an all-out terrible feeling in the body become a common occurrence. Everywhere you go, there’s either someone sniffling, coughing, or blowing their stuffy, red noses, and that’s just the joy of winters. But believe it or not, cold & flu’s or even fevers occur when the body undergoes its natural healing process. And sometimes the best cold medicine is just that: No cold medicine.
As your immune system engages in fighting off viruses, the temperature of your body increases a.k.a. fever and this ensures that the germ-killing proteins present in your body travel more efficiently to fight off the infection. Coughing helps clear up the mucus-filled pathway, and it carries away germs from the lungs. These symptoms show that your immune system is at work and that your body is trying to fight back those foreign bodies and that you’re already halfway towards being healthy.
- Chicken Soup
- Carrot Juice
If your question is how to get rid of a cold, you’re at the right place. Honestly, why look elsewhere when your kitchen has all the remedies you’ll need to give you relief from the cold and flu. Let’s take a look at some of these herbs, spices, and everyday options in your kitchen cabinet rather than those cold medicines.
This is honestly one of my favorite remedies because of how effective it is. For centuries, ginger has been used in the treatment of cold & flu and especially sore throats. Ginger has two active ingredients, gingerols, and shogaols. They have anti-inflammatory properties that help soothe the sore throat and gives relief to the itchiness. It has antimicrobial and antioxidant properties that help fight against infections, especially the rhinovirus that plays a role in causing cold, and its antioxidant property provides protective and healing properties against diseases. Cold medications are not effective in killing off viruses but, ginger may be as they give a much-needed boost to the immune system, helping the body’s defenses kill off these harmful viruses.
Fresh gingers are more effective than dried out gingers. Take an inch of ginger root, peel off its exterior using a spoon, and chew on it. If you want, you can swallow it or spit the pulp out. Another one of the best and most followed remedies (my personal favorite) when it comes to ginger root is its tea. Ginger tea is just one of those beverages you could drink during the winter season or when you have a cold or itchy throat. Take about an inch and a half ginger root and scrape off its exterior using a spoon. You can either shred, finely mince or grind the ginger up and use it. Place a filter in a cup and add boiling water and let it steep for five minutes. After a while, you can squeeze out the juice from the filter using a spoon to get that extra bit of spicy ginger juice. For a bit of flavor, I suggest using honey. Drink the tea 2 to 3 times a day to get rid of that itchy throat and cold.
Honey is known for its antibacterial and antimicrobial properties. It helps fight off viruses that are responsible for causing cold and raw throats. And, honey is not only useful in reducing cold, but it’s effective in alleviating itchy throats and especially coughs. According to some researches, giving this age-old sweet nectar to kids with respiratory tract infections can help curb coughing, cold symptoms, and discomfort, helping them sleep soundly throughout the rest of the night. But be careful when giving honey to children younger than a year as it may contain botulinum spores, which is much harder for the child’s underdeveloped defense system to fight off the food poisoning.
One of the best ways of consuming honey is by taking it in ginger tea (as I’ve discussed above). Or the most common and popular go-to remedies during the flu season is honey and lemon tea. Although it says tea, there is no “tea” in honey and lemon tea. It’s just hot water, lemon and honey. Take half a cup of water, two tablespoons of honey and one tablespoon of lemon juice, stir it and let its soothing magic provide you with the much-needed relief to your sore throat and congested chest.
What do you get when you combine the best comfort food during winters and treatment for colds? CHICKEN SOUP!
Chicken Soups are another one of those readily available remedies for that awful flu, right there in your kitchen pantry. Chicken soups are those universal, age-old remedies to help soothe your sore throat, and give you a little bit of that relief from that stuffy nose. The effectiveness of cold medication varies, and in some cases, especially in children, they may even not be as effective.
And according to a lot of doctors and studies, rest and chicken soups are the best ways to combat the dreadful flu and sore throat. The mechanism of action of chicken soups is not yet understood but, according to certain studies, chicken broth when combined with vegetables like parsley, carrots, onions, parsnips, celery, turnips, potatoes, salt, and pepper; it just works. It seems to have anti-inflammatory properties that help ease up on the sore throat and itchiness symptoms. For a stuffy nose, it helps thin down the mucus and decreases congestion in the chest and the nasal cavity, hence helping with easy removal of mucus through coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose. And chicken soups also have a hydrating effect as it contains salt and water, which helps reduce dehydration.
Plus, chicken soups taste good!
Carrot juices are one of those remedies that you could play around with. Carrot juice has vitamin C present and has multiple antioxidant properties, which helps your body by giving it a much-needed boost to its defense system. You can mix up the carrot juice with apples or ginger to spice it up a little. You can either grind up to four carrots and drink its juice or grind four carrots, an apple, and two tablespoons of crushed ginger. Drink up the juice to strengthen your immune system and get a spicy cold and flu fighter.
These are some of the best and tried out remedies that work best if you’ve got a nasty cold and flu. And remember for these remedies to be effective, you need to hydrate yourself with lots of fluids and my personal favorite – lots and lots of rest!