Home Remedies For Common Cold That Really Work

A common cold is caused by certain viruses, which result to inflammation of the upper respiratory tract. As the name suggests, it is a disease that is more common than others and a person could get afflicted with it more than once a year, and each time lasting 3 to 10 days.

The symptoms of common colds include sore throat, running nose, congestion of nasal passageways, chills, headaches, and sneezing. Causes include exposure to virus, low immune system, as well as changes in temperature, dust, and cold weather.

At one point or another, we have all gotten the common cold. By practicing prevention, you can reduce your likelihood of contracting a cold. If you are in the midst of fighting a cold, we will look at home remedies to get you back on your feet in a flash.

While there are medications available to treat colds, it may not always be the best option because of the side effects that might trigger other problems. Instead, it would be wiser and safer to use cold home remedies, which are not only effective, but are also very safe to use.

Home Remedies to Treat Common Cold and Sore Throat

1. Lemon Remedy for Common Cold

Lemon is highly rich in Vitamin C, which is great to build body resistance and decrease toxicity in the body. Because of its healing properties, lemon is being used for all types of colds. All you need to do is to juice fresh lemon in a glass of warm water and add a teaspoon of honey. Mix well and drink twice daily until the cold goes away.

Home Remedies For Common Cold That Really Work

2. Garlic Remedy to Treat Cold

Garlic contains antispasmodic and antiseptic properties; it is able to bring down fever and flush out toxins in the body. You can chop three or four cloves of garlic and make into a clear soup by boiling it with 2-3 cups of water. There is also an option to use 6 drops of garlic oil and mix with a teaspoon of onion extract and a cup of water. Drink it 2 to 3 times daily to treat common cold.

3. Ginger Remedy to Cure Wet Nose

Prepare 10g of natural ginger powder and boil with a cup of water. Add a teaspoon of honey and drink hot. This tea-like drink helps bring down the fever and is known to be an excellent remedy for cold when drank twice daily.

4. Lady’s Fingers Remedy to Stop Sneezing

Lady’s Fingers plant is reputed to be great in treating throat irritation and dry cough. It has mucilage, which acts like a drug to alleviate pain and swelling in the respiratory tract. Cut and boil Lady’s Fingers with half a liter of water to be used for steam inhalation (do not drink it!). Inhale twice daily to relieve the symptoms of cold.

Home Remedies For Common Cold That Really Work

5. Turmeric Remedy to Treat Common Cold

Turmeric can remedy throat irritations and colds. All you need to do is prepare half a teaspoon of it and mix with 2 tablespoons of warm milk. Drink it once or twice a day. Additionally, you can also use turmeric for steam inhalation, especially to treat running nose.

6. Pepper and Tamarind Remedy to Stop Dripping of Nose

Pepper and tamarind is a well-known concoction in India to treat common colds. To prepare, mix 50g of tamarind powder or pulp with a glass of water, and then boil it. Add half a teaspoon of black pepper powder and a teaspoon of butter, mix well, and take three times daily. This helps in clearing nasal blockage.

If problem persists consult doctor. Check allergic properties of all home remedy items before using them.


  1. Tracie Alves says:

    I TOO HAVE A BAD COLD,but anyway, make some tea, if you dont have any hot water is good, take vitams any, you should relly use v c, stay warm, dont excersise cause that makes you sweat in a bad way, SLEEP ALOT, AND WHEN SNEEZING DONT HOLD, LETT IT GO CAUSE IT WILL GET RID OF THOSE WETTY NOSE.

  2. Mobina Shaikh says:

    Nice article. I tried eating lots of spicy food but it never helps. I tried lemon and it seems to be working. Thanks for the corrective measure.

  3. Arun Mishra says:

    Eat a Raw (not cooked) clove of garlic every few hours. Keep water on hand after chewing it, . It gets really hot. Garlic does wonders for getting rid of a cold. Garlic has anti-viral, anti-pathogen and anti-bacterial properties. Eat garlic to keep colds away, and to get colds to go away.

  4. Taking Vitamin C will definitely not get rid of your cold, and there are many sources of research that will tell you so. Even more so, chew able vitamin C tablets are made up of concentrated ascorbic acid (vitamin C) and taking too many will just erode your teeth. The only thing it will cure is Scurvy. Although a good diet including consumption of Vitamin C and other vitamins and minerals will help prevent you from getting sick by strengthening your immune system. Best things to do: NUMBER ONE BEST thing: Lots of sleep TWO: Don’t overwork yourself. Try taking it easy at work if you can’t call in sick, especially if it includes manual labour, you’ll find if you don’t, you’ll feel even more miserable at the end of your shift. Ask your supervisor for alternative work that isn’t as physically demanding while you are sick. You’ll get better quicker and be more excessivee sooner, which will also make your supervisor happy. AVOID exercise. If your adamant about exercising, exclude demanding cardiovascular exercise. Stick to strength training and walking at most. THREE: Try not to eat too many carbs during the day, they’ll make you feel sluggish. Stick to eating lots of fresh vegetables and fruit. Make smoothies from frozen fruit ( it’s just picked fruit that is flash frozen and is kept much more fresh than fruit that has been shipped and sitting in a store for 2 weeks. As long as you don’t nuke this fruit). FOUR: Try not to take acetaminophen (Tylenol, also in all cold products like dayquil). acetaminophen regulates your body temperature, this is a bad thing when your sick because this is the way your body gets better. Your body is raising it’s temperature to “burn” out the virus and bacteria. It creates an environment to make the virus hard to live in. If you regulate your body temp with acetaminophen containing cold medication, this will just make the cold last longer. This goes for any type of infection. Only take it if the fever gets over 102 F. But if you absolutely cannot help it and will lose sleep at night if your in discomfort, stick to taking it at night. It’s even worse to lose sleep. If you are congested, try to stick to decongestant things, like nasal sprays, but use them sparingly. Excellent alternatives to this is hot and spicy foods, this will make your nose run like water and you’ll be able to breath again, at least for several hours. Another alternative is heating up some Vic’s vapor rub with some water and inhaling the fumes. FIVE: Cepacol is a brand of throat drops that is an anaesthetic and antibacterial. It will both temporarily numb your throat while at the same time killing bacteria. Your throat will feel better in 2-3 days. You’ll find this in any drug store. SIX: don’t do anything that will compromise your immune system such as: -drinking alcohol -Exercising -not sleeping -making yourself cold -take acetaminophen unnecessarily DO: -sleep a lot -drink lots of water to keep you hydrated -keep warm -eat healthy. Eat breakfast, lunch, dinner. Avoid fast food and too many carbs that will make you feel sluggish and worse. -stay positive -take Cepacol If you’re sore throat and/or fever is not getting better after 2-3 days, it is recommended you see a doctor.

  5. I have a really bad cold. I keep coughing, sneezing and i have a stuffy nose. Any tips?

  6. Fauzia Khan says:

    Drink plenty of fluid specially hot: herbal tea, hot n sour soup. Sleep a lot. Do nt bath or work hard. Get plenty of rest covering with a blanket to get a good sweat. Wear loose clothes and skip inner clothes (undergarments) so that itchyness do not cause problem due to sweating. Take vitamins specially C.

  7. Jyotsana Pandey says:

    I always try this out. Sqeeze half lemon in a glass of luke warm water, dont add any sugar or salt to it. Take it two to three times a day. Its the direct way to take vitamin c. It will help you to get rid of cold very fast and in a natural way.

  8. Very informative post. I have regular cold problem. i should try lady’s finger treatment.

  9. The single most important cold treatment to help you get rid of a cold is fluid intake. Keep yourself hydrated with sports drinks. Every time I’ve been to the hospital or the clinic, the doctor has told me (and my father too) that sports drinks are the best hydrating formulas you can buy. Why? Because they have electrolytes like potassium, sodium, and chloride which help your body absorb the fluids. The sugars also help give your body energy it might be losing from a lack of food.

  10. Leena Fernandes says:

    Cold remedies are almost as common as the common cold, and many are nearly as ancient. Some cold remedies include: Water and other fluids – drinking plenty of liquids can help. Water, juice, clear broth or warm lemon water with honey helps loosen congestion and prevents dehydration. Avoid alcohol, coffee and caffeinated sodas, which make dehydration worse. Salt water – a saltwater gargle — 1/2 teaspoon salt in a glass of warm water — can temporarily relieve a sore or scratchy throat. Saline nasal sprays – over-the-counter saline nasal sprays combat stuffiness and congestion. Unlike nasal decongestants, saline sprays don’t lead to a rebound effect — a worsening of symptoms when the medication is discontinued — and most are safe and nonirritating, even for children. Soup – scientists have found that soup does seem to help relieve cold and flu symptoms in two ways. First, it acts as an anti-inflammatory by inhibiting the movement of neutrophils — immune system cells that participate in the body’s inflammatory response. Second, it temporarily speeds up the movement of mucus through the nose, helping relieve congestion and limiting the amount of time viruses are in contact with the nose lining. Over-the-counter cold medications – nonprescription decongestants and pain relievers offer some symptom relief, but they won’t prevent a cold or shorten its duration, and most have some side effects. If used for more than a few days, they can actually make symptoms worse. Keep in mind that acetaminophen can cause serious liver damage or liver failure if taken in high doses. Humidity – cold viruses thrive in dry conditions — another reason why colds are more common in winter. Parched air also dries the mucous membranes, causing a stuffy nose and scratchy throat. A humidifier can add moisture to your home.

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