Having a bad cold is indeed an annoying thing but the worst part about it is that there is no known cure for the common cold or flu. Although nothing can cure a cold, there are some cold remedies that might help ease your symptoms and keep you from feeling so miserable. Besides getting enough rest, the following cold remedies might help you feel better.
The herb Echinacea has long been used to treat cold symptoms by Native Americans. Studies about whether the herb echinacea shortness the duration of the common cold are a mixed bag. There is some debate as to what preparation of Echinacea is most effective, as some supplements use the juice of the plant while others use its root. A meta-analysis study performed at Connecticut University found that Echinacea pills reduced subjects’ chances of catching a cold by 50% and that it is effective in shortening the length of the cold. Although the science is not conclusive in terms of whether Echinacea is effective, it still a popular and widely used folk remedy in the USA.
Over-the-counter decongestants are recommended if you have mostly nasal symptoms- stuffy, runny, sneezy. They work by contracting the blood vessels in the nose and sinuses, shrinking the tissue and reducing blood flow. Choose a product that contains pseudoephedrine (like Sudafed). It is not permitted for people under 18 to buy medications that contain pseudoephedrine because it is a stimulant and is used illegally to make methamphetamines.
Ginseng is a very popular herbal supplements in the world that are used for many reasons. Some people use it to improve strength, and other take it to boost energy levels. Researchers have now linked this powerful herb to fighting cold symptoms. A Canadian study has found that consuming 550 mg of North American ginseng vastly reduced the severity and duration of the cold symptoms and it appeared to help prevent colds in some patients.
4. Chicken Soup:
Chicken soup is a popular go-to cold remedy because all the heat, salt, and water can help your body stay hydrated. Moreover, chicken soap contains the amino acid cysteine which is a powerful antiinflammation agent that helps to produce disease-fighting antibodies. No less than the National Institute for Health reported that chicken soup with vegetables can kill and stop the replenishing of viral cells. In addition, it stated that chicken soup may have an anti-inflammatory response in the throat and upper respiratory tract.