Autumn is a wonderful season but with the first cold weather, the first colds also arrive. Indeed, the cold can promote the appearance of this infection by making the immune system more vulnerable, but there are other risk factors such as stress, lack of sleep or humidity.
The common cold is a benign and very contagious disease. In fact, the common cold is caused by viruses (human rhinoviruses) which infect the nasal mucosa. The common cold is transmitted through the microdroplets projected during coughing, sneezing or contact with the sick person.
Hygiene is thus the best protection, but if you have already caught a cold, here are 6 natural preparations that are easy to prepare at home and that will help your body better fight against this disease.
Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus) is a herb with antiviral, expectorant, antibacterial and antiseptic properties that make it an effective remedy for colds and flu symptoms. By neutralizing viruses and activating the immune system, this medicinal plant accelerates healing.
It can be used in inhalation, to be done several times a day. All you have to do is add 3 to 5 drops of essential oil to boiling water and breathe in the steam that is released. Eucalyptus can also be consumed as an infusion.
Put 1 half to 1 teaspoon (between 4g to 6g) of dried or fresh leaves in about 200ml of water, let steep for 10 minutes before drinking. You can take 3-5 cups a day. Attention, pregnant or breastfeeding women and children should seek advice from a doctor before using this remedy, as it may be contraindicated.
Garlic (Allium sativum) is a natural antibiotic, but it also has the advantage of being both an antibacterial and an antiviral. It thus helps to fight against the viruses that cause the common cold. It is advisable to consume a clove of fresh garlic a day to better enjoy its benefits.
Garlic can help prevent winter ailments, but it also boosts the body’s ability to overcome symptoms more quickly. In order to allow the various active ingredients of this condiment to act more effectively, it is best to favor raw garlic.
To prevent the smell of garlic from lingering in the mouth, just chew fresh parsley or mint leaves. Mint tea or green tea can also help dispel the odor after brushing your teeth.
Honey offers a concentrate of health benefits. In winter or in the event of a cold, regularly taking a tablespoon of eucalyptus, thyme or fir honey helps to better protect the body and to heal.
When the cold is accompanied by a sore throat or cough, honey is an excellent remedy to relieve irritation and clean the bronchi. To vary the pleasure, it is possible to add honey to your cup of tea. Mixed with a little lemon or ginger, it is even more effective.
Ginger (Zingiber officinalis) has a tonic, antiseptic and antiviral effect. It participates in nasal decongestion and is a natural cough suppressant. You can consume fresh ginger, preferably at the end of the meal, or drink an infusion prepared with hot water and a tablespoon of grated rhizome.
If your nose is blocked, put fresh ginger cut into small pieces or tincture of ginger in boiling water and inhale the steam that emerges. There is a popular recipe for treating coughs. It consists of grating a large piece of ginger, adding the juice of a lemon, one to two tablespoons of honey and mixing everything well.
Then add two cups of boiling water, let steep for 10 minutes, cover the container and strain before drinking. If you like cinnamon, it would be even better to add a little to your preparation. This aromatic plant is known for its antiseptic properties.
The onion (Allium cepa) has the particularity of stinging the eyes when peeled or cut. These sulfur compounds contained in its bulb activate the secretions and decongest the mucous membranes in the event of a stuffy nose.
Plant with antiseptic and anti-infectious properties, this food helps the body to fight against colds and coughs. To do this, cut the onion into rings and put in a deep plate that you will put near your bed during the night. You can occasionally breathe in the smell that emanates from it.
For the more courageous, it is even more effective to eat fresh onion directly. In case of cough, prepare an onion syrup by mixing the onion rings with honey or sugar. Leave to macerate for 6 to 24 hours for the syrup to form. Take a teaspoon of this remedy 3 times a day.
A simple remedy to prepare and easy to find, salt is particularly indicated for nasal congestion in the event of a cold. Pour a level teaspoon of salt into 1 liter of water and boil. Allow to cool and instill into each nose using a syringe to perform nasal washes. Salt water can also be used in inhalation In case of sore throat, you can use this preparation as a gargle recipe.