Common cold is a viral infection which occurs due to an inflammation in the respiratory track. It is very common in school going children. Mostly, during common cold, bronchial tubes, sinuses along with nose and ears get affected which lasts for 5-10 days.
Mild fever, tiredness and headache, stuffy and running nose, sore throat, sneezing is quite prominent in the person suffering from this virus. People prefer taking over the counter medicines to have a fast relief from cold.
We tend to forget that these medicines which promise an instant relief will leave a number of side effects.
So we should opt for some home remedies which can really give us relief from body aches giving an instant recovery from common cold.
These home remedies are free of any sort of side effects. Some of them are aromatherapy, herbal remedies, acupressure, and homeopathy and so on.
Taking 20 drops of Echinacea tincture water after every two hours can be very helpful in giving relief from cold. This water can be taken for over two weeks. Herbal tea, garlic or garlic capsules are really helpful.
Vitamin rich diet helps in giving relief from the common cold. Soups made from vegetables and chicken are recommended as they provide a comfort during cold.
There are some things like cold drinks and ice-creams which should be avoided in excessive cold. A lot of fluids like juices should be added in the diet, intake of water should be increased in order to keep body well hydrated.
A mustard footbath is prescribed if the person is suffering from congestion in heart and lungs.
For taking mustard footbath first of all take some hot water in a tub and add three spoons of mustard powder in it. To have a relief from common cold keep both of your feet in this tub of hot water for about 15-20 minutes.
This method is best suited for the people who are suffering from chest congestion. Inhaling steam at the time of congestion is also a very good method which provides relief.
People who have a strong immune system do not tend to suffer frequently from cold. Immune system can be strengthened by adding a lot of fruits and vegetables in the diet.
Fruits and vegetables rich in vitamin C should be encouraged in the diet as vitamin C has the quality of strengthening the immune system of the body.