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5 Common Cold Remedies You Can Easily Make at Home

5 Common Cold Remedies You Can Easily Make at Home

It’s that time of the year again when cold and flu symptoms are spreading like wildfire and no matter how much you try to avoid them, you get hit with sore throats, runny noses and pesky coughs. While over-the-counter remedies are the popular choice for tackling a bad cold, there are many common cold remedies you can make and use at home that can promote a faster recovery.

1. Make Your Own Chest Salve

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    Vapour rubs are a popular way of soothing blocked noses and decongesting your chest and throat area. Making your own is much cheaper plus you can make it much stronger if you so wish by adding more peppermint oil. Coconut oil is also a natural antiseptic which can be an added bonus.

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    • 1/2 cup of coconut oil
    • 15-20 drops of peppermint oil
    • An airtight container

    Directions: Melt the coconut oil down by leaving it somewhere warm like a radiator or airing cupboard, on the stove or microwave. Once melted, pour into the container and add the peppermint oil stirring well. Leave it to harden and then rub onto your chest or below your nose being careful not to touch your eyes while it’s on your hands.

    2. Take A Sinus-Clearing Bath

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      Taking a hot bath is an obvious one for clearing a blocked nose and soothing a chesty cough as well as relaxing the body. Drawing a bath using Epsom salts or Himalayan Bath Salts will help detoxify, hydrate your body and draw out any nasties while providing nutrients. Adding some essential oils can add a decongestant to the mix as well.

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      • 1 cup of Epsom or Himalayan Bath Salts
      • 3 drops of peppermint oil
      • 3 drops of eucalyptus oil
      • 3 drops of lavender oil
      • An airtight container

      Pour the salt into the container, mix the essential oils and add them to the salt making sure to stir it all together well. Add a couple of generous handfuls to a bath-full of water, sit back and relax!

      3. Decongest With A Radish Or Two

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        When you’re suffering from a nasty cold, the last thing you probably think of doing is munching down on a radish but the peppery vegetable has antiseptic qualities. Plus, its a powerhouse of vitamins and minerals. If you find yourself feeling stuffed up, have a couple of radishes to clear out that blocked nose – the spiciness will clear it up in no time.

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        • 2-3 radishes (homegrown or organic are the best)

        Directions: Eat 2-3 radishes twice a day (or if you love them, all through the day!) Keep them in the fridge for extra relief to a sore throat and to keep them crispy.

        4. Go Classic With Garlic, Ginger, Lemon And Honey

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          Never underestimate the power of garlic, ginger, honey and lemon as common cold remedies. Incorporating these into your daily cold-blasting ritual will boost your immune system and help to clear and soothe sore throats, coughs and blocked noses. Use them separately but why not just go all out and put them all into one powerful concoction?

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          • 1 medium clove of garlic
          • 1 lemon
          • 1 teaspoon of honey
          • 3-4 slices of ginger

          Directions: Crush the garlic clove, and squeeze the juice of the lemon into a big mug. Add the honey and sliced ginger. Fill the mug with hot water and allow to steep for a few minutes before drinking. Aim for making one of these flu-busting drinks about 2-3 times a day for maximum effectiveness.

          5. Utilise Those Crucial Bedtime Hours

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            When you finally fall into bed, you’re probably so exhausted and glad to be there that you don’t think about how your time in bed could help your cold and flu symptoms. Grab a load of cushions and pillows and create a comfortable gradual slope for your head and neck. This will stop all the mucus building up in one position and help to relieve congested nasal passages.

            Another tip is to fill a room diffuser with some peppermint oil and keep it running throughout the night. This will help your cold and flu symptoms while you’re peacefully passed out and give you a fighting chance when you wake in the morning.

            Common Cold Remedies That Aren’t So Effective

            When it comes to combating your cold, there are some known remedies that aren’t really as effective as we think.

            • Over-the-counter decongestants – While these can help, they are only effective in the short term and they can actually make your blocked nose worse if they’re used for more than a week.
            • Ibuprofen and Paracetamol – While these can help reduce fever, they are not recommended for tackling a cold. Using both together can also be unsafe for children under 16.
            • Zinc – This has had a cold-fighting reputation for a while but there’s actual little evidence that this is the case.
            • Vitamin C – This is also another source of contention with recent studies showing the power of vitamin C for helping with colds and flu isn’t actually as effective as first thought. Vitamin D is fast becoming a much better cold-blaster.

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            Last Updated on March 13, 2019

            How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

            How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

            Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

            You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

            Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

            1. Work on the small tasks.

            When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

            Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

            2. Take a break from your work desk.

            Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

            Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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            3. Upgrade yourself

            Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

            The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

            4. Talk to a friend.

            Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

            Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

            5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

            If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

            Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

            Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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            6. Paint a vision to work towards.

            If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

            Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

            Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

            7. Read a book (or blog).

            The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

            Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

            Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

            8. Have a quick nap.

            If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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            9. Remember why you are doing this.

            Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

            What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

            10. Find some competition.

            Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

            Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

            11. Go exercise.

            Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

            Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

            As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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            Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

            12. Take a good break.

            Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

            Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

            Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

            Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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