Colds can be a nuisance and distraction to everyday life, but they’re also an inevitable, yearly occurrence. Instead of trying to avoid the inevitable, here are a few common and effective cold remedies that will help you shed your common cold symptoms.
For those with dried out, stuffy noses, a humidifier could be a great option. Using a cool mist humidifier can bring life back to dried out sinus cavities, and help break up sinus blockages and congestion. Be sure to change your humidifier water every day, and clean your humidifier often to avoid bacteria buildup.
The ultimate bringer of life is water, which is why it’s also a great way to relieve the symptoms of a common cold. Water dilutes mucus, improves the immune system, and helps you feel rejuvenated faster. Also, many cold and sinus symptoms stem from dryness in the environment, so drinking water can help moisten up the sinuses, mouth, throat, and nasal cavities.
A saltwater gargle mixture of half a teaspoon of salt and eight ounces of water can help break up mucus and temporarily relieve pain associated with a sore throat.
PRO-TIP: Gargle a mixture of apple cider vinegar and water, or take periodic sips of undiluted apple cider vinegar (if you can handle it). Apple cider vinegar has antibacterial properties that can help break up the bacterial infection that causes a sore throat. Just be sure to brush your teeth after, as apple cider vinegar has acidic properties that can damage tooth enamel.
Echinacea is an age-old flowering plant that has been used medicinally for centuries, and research has shown it can increase the number of white blood cells that fight infection in the body for a slight improvement in cold symptoms. Regardless of its health effects, a cup of echinacea tea can be just the thing to bring on a deep, rejuvenating slumber.
A spoonful of honey with a little lemon can sooth an irritated and sore throat—and it tastes delicious. However, don’t overdo it with honey, as many people report an upset stomach from consuming too much honey in one sitting.
Chicken or tofu noodle soup possibly has a mild, anti-inflammatory effect, and can help clear up sinus congestion. Also, it’s incredibly warm, comforting, and nostalgic—especially when it’s just like mom used to make it.
Sinus congestion and other cold systems can be curbed with some lemon, honey, and whiskey. Just remember—a little whiskey goes a long way, and too much whiskey could make your cold symptoms even worse by weakening the immune system.
Hot Sauce Broth
A mix of hot sauce, lemon, and ginger doesn’t taste amazing, but it’s enough spice to loosen up congestion and put a pep in your step. The hotter the hot sauce, the better it works.
It’s the ultimate no-brainer for reducing cold symptoms (or symptoms for just about any common illness). Take some cold medicine, get a long and deep night’s sleep, and you’re almost guaranteed to feel better than the day before.
OTC Cold Medicine
Combined with a few of the cold remedies listed above, over the counter cold medicine is the most direct way to curb cold symptoms. At Good Day Pharmacy, we understand the importance of feeling happy and healthy, which is why we’re dedicated to providing you with the best, most relevant common cold care products available. We’re your trusted Colorado pharmacy, with locations all over the Front Range and beyond, so no matter where you have a cold, we can help. Contact us, and get back to better health today!