Here are the best tips to follow at the very first sign of cold, to arrest the infection even before its onset.
This herbal supplement when taken regularly can cut down your chances of catching cold in the first place. Even when taken during a bout of cold, it reduces symptoms of cold, according to research published in the journal ˜The Lancet Infectious Diseases.
Eat a whole raw onion
The presence of allicin in onions helps boost immunity and reduces the severity of cold and flu symptoms. Further, its pungent vapour contain irritant chemicals which make your eyes and nose run, easing congestion, while also flushing out viruses even before they take hold. Alternatively, adding garlic to food, or taking a garlic capsule, is also a good way to get a dose of allicin.
It has been noticed that people who steamed atleast twice a week regularly, got only half as many colds as those who didnt. Therefore, at the very first sign of cold, try taking a sauna. When you inhale air hotter than 80 degrees, the temperature would be too hot for any cold or flu viruses to survive.
Astragalus is recommended in traditional Chinese medicine to prevent colds. When you feel the onset of cold, take a bowl of soup boiled with astragalus root. During winter, this is suggested at least twice a week to prevent cold.
Sometimes, a hot ginger tea may just do the trick. It is a popular home remedy for cold symptoms and sore throat. Try including honey and lemon too, into the tea. Ginger is always used as treatment mode in ayurveda for colds and coughs.
Most of the time, just a days complete rest can kick off the cold. In addition to rest, when you try all the steps, or at least two or three of the steps mentioned above, right away, the cold vanishes 90percent of the time.