Previously posted on for-theeverygirl.com
This time of year, no matter where I go, I see people sniffing, sneezing, and coughing. Avoiding coming down with something is nearly impossible when everyone around you has some sort of virus. You could lock yourself in a room and come out when cold season is over… but that’s socially unacceptable and more than a little silly!
If you have a pesky cold or if you feel like one is on its way, here are some amazing home remedies you can use to feel better.
Honey Lemon Tea
This is my absolute go-to cure when I have a cold. The tea soothes your throat, keeps you hydrated, and cuts through your congestion. Also, the lemon gives your body vitamin C, which fights off colds and builds up your immune system.
Buy a humidifier to add moisture to your home. The added moisture will help loosen your congestion. Alternatively, you can simply boil water on the stove, then hold your head over the pot and breathe the steam in. You’ll clear out that congestion in no time!
This may sound pretty obvious, but, most people push through their normal daily activities when they have a cold. Please remember, though; you’re sick and you need extra rest. When you’re sleeping, your body uses less energy, so it can work harder to cure you!
To help combat your cough, put two drops of oregano oil on your tongue, and let them trickle down your throat. Oregano alerts your immune system to affected areas, which kills your germs. If you take the herb on a regular basis, you can actually prevent catching colds!
Mix a half teaspoon of salt in eight ounces of water, then gargle four times per day. This simple salt water gargle will help cure your scratchy, sore throat. For coughs, try a green tea gargle. Just make the tea as normal, then gargle.
Buy reusable hot packs at a drugstore, or make one. If you want to DIY, all you have to do is take a damp cloth and put it in the microwave for 30 seconds. Hot packs help open your sinuses, so you can breathe clearly again!
No matter how cautious you are, it is impossible to avoid all the germs during