It’s the time of the year when warm woollen sweaters and thick duvets come out of the closet. When shelves are stocked with an array of your favourite teas and soups. It is also that time when the cold virus comes in uninvited to wreck havoc this season. Fret not. Here are a few ways to treat the cold symptoms effectively.
Consuming enough liquids can help replenish the moisture lost due to respiratory evaporation- especially if you have a fever that accompanies your cold. If you are too sick to be comfortable with solid foods, then broths, soups, tea etc can come to your rescue- which will not only keep you well hydrated but can also help regulate your nutrient intake as well.
Sipping warm liquids like tea, soup or even warm water at regular intervals can help loosen congestion by increasing mucus flow as well. Warm liquids can also help soothe a sore throat, which often accompanies a bout of common cold.
Soothe Sore Throat
Sore throat is often an inconvenience that one has to suffer along with the common cold. The painful, itchy feeling in the throat, especially when you swallow can discourage you from injecting enough food and liquids, which can in turn worsen your condition. One of the most popular and time tested methods of alleviating sore throat is a salt water gargle. The warm water will soothe the throat and the salt will help flush out irritants and bacteria.
Alternatively you can suck on lozenges, which are fortified with numbing agents like menthol or eucalyptus. They might not help fight sore throat, but will dull the pain, hence offering relief temporarily.
This might not be the most glamorous or the quickest way to cold relief, but staying in bed, and resting is way of letting your body heal itself. Stressing and stringing your body physically will not only slow down recovery time, but may also worsen your condition.
Essential oils like Lavendar, Chamomile, Peppermint, Tea Tree, are highly effective in strengthening your immune system and promoting good sleep. This alone can help alleviate discomforting symptoms of cold, allowing you to have a comfortable day.
Steam inhalation can work wonders if you have a blocked nose- add 5-7 drops of essential oil to steaming water, and lean over with a thick towel over your head and the hot water bowl, and inhale the steam to find relief within seconds. Alternatively, you can add a few drops of essential oil to a cotton ball or a handkerchief, and sniff it in intervals to find relief from cold throughout the day.
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