Natural Methods of Fighting Common Cold

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There is no need to visit a pharmacy and take pills if you are having only a common cold. Mother Nature has her own methods of making you feel better. Her secret weapon against sickness are vitamins and natural antibiotics hidden in fruits of the earth.

Here are some simple, but brilliant ideas of fighting illness that come from the elders. This is really an easy way to stay healthy.

Garlic

Some of us have been irritated by the smell alone. But it has tremendous benefits. Garlic is widely used natural medicine. It can also be used for preventive, for example, once a week.

Garlic contains antibacterial allicin and volatile sulfur compounds that help to fight respiratory diseases. Garlic is also a rich source of vitamin B and C. In addition, garlic contains potassium, magnesium, phosphorus and iron.

Properties of garlic:

# Prevents calcification of arteries,
# Reduces level of fat and cholesterol in the blood,
# Lowers blood sugar,
# Helps in healing wounds,
# Helps in the treatment of colds and respiratory diseases,
# Reduces blood pressure,
# Relieves headaches,
# Increases the appetite,
# Reduces body fat

Milk with honey and garlic

How to prepare it?

Warm up ca. glass of milk and add a bit of butter, honey and a teaspoon of chopped garlic clove. If you wish, you can strain the milk so prepared.

This simple drink soothes the sore throat, is rich in vitamin A and D and enhances immunity.

Honey

The composition of honey depends of course on what plant or plants it has been manufactured from.
Honeys contain such ingredients as sugar (primarily simple sugars: glucose, fructose), enzymes, organic acids (responsible for the taste), vitamins and minerals.

Traditionally, honey is used in the treatment of all types of colds. These are, among others. cough, hoarseness, sore throat, inflammation of the throat, bronchitis.
Honey is an expectorant, reduces sore throat and headache.

In addition honey has a mild sedative, soothing nervous tension, is successfully used in cardiac arrhythmias. Systematic use of honey can reduce atherosclerosis. Honey can be used as an auxiliary in gastric and duodenal ulcers.

Although heating stops or reverts crystallisation of honey, try to avoid it. Crystallization is a natural process and does not reduce the value of honey.

Lemon

Lemon contains mainly vitamin C. Another noteworthy vitamin in lemon is vitamin P (rutin). Its main task is to protect vitamin C against too fast oxidation, so it shares responsibility for distancing the symptoms of scurvy.

The main source of this valuable vitamin is the skin so try to use it, of course, mindful of its previous blanching. Lemon contains also small amounts of vitamins B1, B2, B6 and E.

Despite its acid content after digestion, lemon has an alkaline effect in our body, it becomes at the same time useful in rheumatic ailments. Volatile oil of lemon has antiseptic and antibacterial.

Lemon juice is good for colds, scarlet fever, flu, and even for chest infections. Lemon juice also acts as a nutrient and supporting the liver and pancreas, improves the appetite and helps in reducing gastric acidity, ulcers, arthritis, gout and rheumatism. Used as a lotion, lemon juice soothes sore throats, inflamed gums and sores in the mouth.

Tea or punch with lemon and honey

How to prepare it?

Make a tea or warm up water and add juice from almost a half of fresh lemon and a couple of teaspoons of honey (depending on taste). Before adding honey make sure that the liquid has cooled down a little, high temperature destroys properties of honey .

Linden

Linden is first of all known for its diaphoretic properties, which helps the body get rid of various harmful substances.

The combination of antifever and soothing properties of linden makes it an effective means to treat colds and flu. It is also helpful with insomnia and headaches caused by hay.

The infusion of linden flowers act diaphoretic and antipyretic, diuretic, sedative and antispasmodic. It soothes the coughing.

Linden infusion

How to prepare it?

2-3 spoons of linden flower put in a small casserole, pour boiling water and let it brew in 10 min. Strain and drink hot. Prepare to get sweaty, the infusion is very efective 🙂

Onion

Onion has strong bactericidal, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. It strengthens bones, teeth and nails. Improves the appearance of hair, gives it shine and elasticity.

Most of us usually associates onion with bad breath and his eyes tear. Although it is known that the vegetable irritates the eyes and has an intense, spicy flavor, but it is also known for its versatile uses, both culinary and therapeutic. Regardless of whether it is cooked, blanched or roasted retains virtually all the benefits of raw.

Onion abounds among others in vitamins B1, B2, C, A, E, as well as calcium, sodium, magnesium, manganese, iron, copper, phosphorus, iodine, zinc, chromium and silicon.

Anyone would recommend to consume onion juice to strengthen the body and enhance resilience, especially in the winter.

Onion syrup

How to prepare it?

Throw sliced onions into a jar . If you want to prepare syrup, arrange them in layers – each layer sprinkled with sugar. Let it stand for several hours. Then you can then pour the syrup out of the jar and strain it. Store it in refrigerator for up to 2 days.

Don’t worry: onion syrup doesn’t taste or smell like a raw onion, but it is much, much milder

Remember, if your symptoms are worsening and you have a high fever, do consult your physician!