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How To Get Rid of a Cold Fast? We Have Some Fast Home Remedies For You!

How To Get Rid of a Cold Fast? We Have Some Fast Home Remedies For You!

As chilly days are coming, the chances of catching a cold are increasing since the rhinovirus, one of the main culprits responsible for the common cold, reproduces better at lower temperatures.

The rhinovirus enters your body through the nose, eyes, or mouth when you come into direct contact with an infected person, or with everyday objects that have been contaminated.

The symptoms of a cold

Some of the most common cold symptoms include:

  • runny nose
  • sore throat
  • cough
  • congestion
  • sneezing

Other cold symptoms that you might experience are mild headaches or body aches, mild fever and generally feeling unwell. There is no cure for the cold. Antibiotics are ineffective in destroying the viruses that cause a cold, thus you can only ease the symptoms.

With many over-the-counter cold medicines, it is not certain whether the ones you choose will help in treating those symptoms that you have with the result being that you are taking drugs that are not necessary for you. To avoid the intake of any unnecessary drugs, learn how to get rid of a cold fast with these natural remedies.

Natural home remedies

1. Relax your body with heat

If you are coming down with a cold, it is important to warm yourself up. It has been proven that higher temperatures suppress the growth of the rhinovirus as our antiviral mechanisms are more efficient at higher temperatures.

Take a hot bath to keep yourself warm, and this also helps you ease any muscle pains or aches. To help loosen the congestion, you can simply use a hot water bottle. Fill up the bottle with hot water, but don’t fill it all the way up so that it remains flexible. Put a thin piece of fabric around it and place it on the top part of your back or on your chest.

2. Apply acupressure

You can ease the discomfort and pressure caused by a cold by applying acupressure to certain points. Studies have proven that acupuncture can help in boosting our immune system, thus applying acupressure on certain acupoints can both be beneficial in boosting your immunity and helping release the congestion to ease the pressure.

Where to apply acupressure:

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B2 – This point is located on the upper ridge of the eye sockets on the inner edge of the eyebrows. Hold your fingers, gradually applying the pressure for 2-3 minutes. At the end, slowly release the pressure while taking deep breaths. This will relieve the sinus pressure and frontal headaches.

LI 20 – Located underneath the eyes, outside each nostril, it can also help relieve the sinus pain and the nasal congestion. To massage this point, apply gentle pressure for 2-3 minutes.

3. Steam your nose out

The best natural method to help you with your stuffy nose is steam. It is easy to prepare, and you will feel relief instantly.

How to steam it out:

You will need: a large bowl, a towel, boiling water, and 5-10 drops of eucalyptus, thyme, or tea tree oil to make this process more effective.

  • First put some oil drops into the bowl
  • Pour boiling water
  • Put your face as close to the water as possible, but not too close to avoid burning your face
  • Put the towel over your head so the steam doesn’t escape
  • Repeat 2-3 times a day

The best natural drinks

Find out how to get rid of a cold fast by preparing these 100% natural drinks.

1. Hot honey lemon water

Lemon and honey are good natural medicines since they have certain properties that can help you fight a cold. Citrus fruits, such as lemons, are rich in vitamin C, and both lemon and honey are known for their antiviral properties.

How to prepare honey lemon tea

You need:

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  • 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons of honey
  • 1 cup of hot water

Put lemon juice and honey into a cup, then pour water over it and steer.

2. Hot ginger tea

Ginger is well known for its anti-inflammatory properties and it can help you with the congestion, stuffy nose and sore throat.

How to prepare ginger tea

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon of freshly grated ginger
  • 2 cups of water
  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  • A squirt of lemon juice

Put the water in a saucepan and wait for it to boil. Add the ginger, turn off the heat, put a lid on and leave it to steep for 10 minutes. Afterwards, strain the water, add the lemon juice and honey.

3. Apple cider vinegar

Vinegar has antimicrobial properties and adding a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar leads to alkalization of the body, thus creating an environment where it is difficult for viruses to survive.

4. Hot peppermint tea

Peppermint tea can be used to treat cold symptoms, but also to boost our immunity and prevent us from getting sick in the first place due to its antibacterial properties.

How to make peppermint tea

Ingredients:

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  • ½ cup of dried peppermint leaves
  • 3-4 cups of water
  • 2-3 tablespoons of honey

Boil the water, then add the peppermint leaves and leave it to steep for 5 minutes. Strain it and then add honey.

Home-made healthy syrups

1. Honey-onion syrup

Besides the benefits of honey, onion has been proven to have anti-inflammatory effects, so this syrup will definitely ease your symptoms, such as a cough.

How to make honey-onion syrup

Ingredients:

  • 1 red onion
  • 1 cup of honey

Slice the onion and alternately put layers of onion and honey into a jar. When you are finished, close the jar tightly and let it sit for 8-12 hours. To ease your cough, use one spoon when necessary.

2. Licorice syrup

Licorice is good for cleaning your respiratory system as it helps produce the healthy mucus. Because it has anti-inflammatory effects, it has been used for centuries to treat the cold and cough.

How to make licorice syrup

Ingredients:

  • 1 ¼ cup of licorice root
  • ¾ cup of Echinacea leaf
  • 4 cups of water
  • 1 cup of honey

Put the licorice root and the water into a saucepan, and simmer for 30 minutes. When you turn off the heat, add Echinacea and steep for 10-15 minutes and then strain the mixture. Add honey and heat the mixture to a rolling boil. After that, boil for another 10 minutes. Take 1 ¼ spoon three times a day.

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3. Sore throat gargle

According to Sorana Segal-Maurer, MD, throat gargle can bring you symptomatic relief, since this process helps to wash the virus out. Throat gargle draws the fluid out, thus reducing the swelling in the throat.

What you need:

  • 1 tablespoon of salt
  • 240 ml of warm water

Dissolve the salt in the water and gargle at least once every hour.

4. Elderberry syrup

Elderberry helps in reducing the congestion and it can shorten the duration of a cold for about 3 days.

How to prepare elderberry syrup

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup of dried elderberries
  • 3 cups of water
  • 1 cup of honey

Put the water and the elderberries into a saucepan and let it boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 50 minutes. Strain the mixture and once it has cooled to a room temperature, add honey and stir together. Take one tablespoon every day.

Conclusion

There are certain habits you can incorporate into your everyday routine to boost your immunity: get enough sleep, eat lots of fruits and vegetables, exercise regularly, reduce the alcohol intake, reduce stress levels, and, don’t forget to laugh as much as possible, since it can actually boost your immunity.

If your cough doesn’t stop after 10 days, the fever doesn’t go away, you are vomiting and have severe throat pain, then it’s time to see the doctor.

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How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

Boundaries are limits

—they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

1. Self-Awareness Comes First

Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

  • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
  • When do you feel disrespected?
  • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
  • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
  • When do you want to be alone?
  • How much space do you need?

You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

2. Clear Communication Is Essential

Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

Sample language:

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  • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
  • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
  • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
  • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
  • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
  • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
  • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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Final Thoughts

Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

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