BEST HOME REMEDIES FOR COUGH AND COLDS

Cough is a medical condition that develops due to hidden disease such as allergic rhinitis, a bacterial infection of upper respiratory tract, sinusitis, asthma, pneumonia or reflex of stomach contents.

A cough can be acute or chronic. Cough initiated by allergic reactions or by a bacterial infection can result in a myriad of symptoms such as fever, headache, nausea, sore throat and post nasal drip all of which cause discomfort. Hence, cough should be treated without delay by identifying the exact cause.

There are over 200 strains of cold virus and so far a cure has not been found.In this caseprevention is better than tretment. However treatment helps to relieve symptoms to stop it from turning into a deeper infection.

common cold is an infection of  nose and throat caused by viruses. Symptoms of the common cold, which usually appear one to three days after being exposed to a cold virus include a runny nose, cough, nasal congestion, sore throat, sneezing, watery eyes, mild headache, mild fatigue, body aches, and fever. we typically catch between two and four colds a year.

Home Remedies for cough and cold.

There are differnt home remedies hat are normaly used for cold and coughs. There are also other methods used together with the home remedies.

These methods include:-

Aromatherapy.

Naturopathy.

Homeopathy.

Herbalism.

Aromatherapy is when we use aroma oils to combat cold and coughs symptoms and stop complications.

The mostly used Aroma oils for colds include Lavender, cinamon, Eucalyptus and tea tree oils.

TURMERIC. 

Tumeric contains CURCUMMIN which fights infections.

There are three different Curcuminoids in tumeric. These are DIFERULOYLMETHANE, DEMETHOXYCURCUMINand BISDEMETHOXYCURCUMIN.

These properties of turmeric aid in the treatment of bacterial and viral in the actions such as cough and cold. The anti-inflammatory action of curcumin aids in relieving the chest congestion that develops in people suffering with chronic cough. Curcumin serves as an anti-inflammatory agent and also possess anti-bacterial and anti-viral action.

GARLIC. 
Garlic was used to treat outbreaks of TUBERCULOSIS and INFLUENZA before morden antibiotics. This is because garlic contains powerful sulfur compounds including ALLICIN that fights infections by acting as a natural antibiotics as strong as PENICILLIN. ALLICIN that is contained in garlic is believed to have antimicrobial properties. Garlic kills both bactaria, virus and infectious fungi.

Garlic is one of the most  popular home cures for colds.Thus adding a garlic suppliment to your diet will be beneficial and might reduce the severity of cold symptoms.

Allicin  has demonstrated antibacterial and antifungal properties. Allicin is what gives garlic its distinctive hot flavor.

Chop fresh garlic or crush them add to your food or add to worm water and drink it. Do not cook  it should be used when raw.

The side effects of Garlic include bad breath and body odor and are perhaps the most common side effects.Dizziness, sweating and runny nose have also been reported.

Garlic may also lower blood glucose levels and increase the release of insulin, so it should be used with caution by people taking drugs that lower blood sugar.

LEMON.

Lemon is another fruit of the citrus category that is commonly used for cold and flu.Combine honey and lemon and what you have is a very effective cold remedy. Lemon juice adds a punch of cold fighting vitamin C and natural acid to battle bacteria. Sip a cup of hot lemon tea with honey to relieve congestion and body aches. Also vitamin C found in lemon is a good immune booster.  If you get a cough or a sore throat, reach for honey and lemon to make your symptoms more bearable.

GINGER.

Ginger root is another good remedy for a cough, colds, and sore throat. It’s used in traditional Chinese medicine to treat coughs and is also for colds accompanied by a runny nose with a clear nasal discharge, headache and a white tongue coating. Many people use  ginger for coughing and colds.

Hot Ginger tea  is a popular home remedy for cold symptoms and sore throat. Honey and lemon are sometimes added.Although normal amounts of ginger in food rarely causes side effects, excessive amounts may cause heartburn and indigestion. Ginger should be avoided two weeks before or after surgery.

Eucalyptus. 

Place one to two drops of eucalyptus essential oil in a bowl of hot water, stand over the bowl for a short period so that you can gently inhale the eucalyptus-infused steam.The bowl should be on a stable surface. With your head at least an arm’s length away from the bowl, put a towel over your head to focus the steam.

A steam inhalation with eucalyptus oil may help to alleviate symptoms from colds and flu. It  works by thinning mucus in the respiratory track.

CAYENNE. 

Cayene pepper will make your nose run and clears clogged sinuses. Taking a spicy meals will do you good when you feel stuffed up

In addition to home  remedies, certain foods are known to  help in boosting the immune system and additional remedies may be recommended for cough relief.

Cooking with the right herbs and spices can help boost your immune system helping to fend off colds and flu and at the same time having tastier food.

The best thing is to get all your Vitamins and minerals from your food not from supplements. A healthy balanced diet is good in boosting your immune system.

Vitami C and E are good boosters of immune system. A good sourse of vitamin C include citrus fruits like oranges and lemon,strawberries dark leafy greens and broccoli. Vitamin E is found in vegetable oils nuts, legumes and  whole grains.

Preventing Colds and coughs

There is no vaccine or cure for the common cold and so all we can do is prevention. There are many things you can do to reduce your chances of getting sick.

PROBIOTICS.

When we get cold and coughs sometimes we end up taking antibiotics. This antibiotics will clear both harful and the good bactaria that protect you  from infections. This good bactaria are also called Probiotics and will help prevent many health problems including respiratory infections.

Wash your hands.

Your health is in your hands. Whether it’s a cold, the flu, or the plague, washing your hands is your best fomular for preventing all kinds of infentions. Wash them frequently and correctly. Germs are most often spread because we touch something with germs on it, then touch our faces or bring our hands in our mouth or use our hands to eat..

Cover your Cough.

The idea is to cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze so the germs in your body don’t go flying into the air or across the room where they will make someone else sick.

But putting your hand in front of your mouth to cover your cough is not the best way to do it. When you cough into your hand, the germs will then spread onto everything you touch with your hands, which sort of defeats the purpose since you may be shaking hands with people or touching food, doorknobs and other surfaces.

To do it properly, need to cover your cough with the inside of your elbow. Since you probably won’t be trying to open any doors with your elbow, the chance of spreading those germs drops dramatically.

BOOST YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM. 

You can only boost your immune system by eating well, having enough sleep and exercising reguraly. If you take care of yourself, your immune system has the best opportunity to function like it should and protect you from as many illnesses as possible. There is no way to prevent every cold out there, but taking care of your body gives you the best chance at staying well.Your immune system acts like the army that protects your body from external attacks. Keep your immune system at per.