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A cough and cold, though not very serious ailments, do disturb our lives. The simplest of ingredients in your kitchen can bring relief from both. Here are some quick and effective home remedies you should keep in mind when you, or someone close to you develops a bad cold.
Drinking warm water is a good way to soothe inflammation in the throat. To make it more flavorful, you can add honey to it, which is also a great ingredient to fight cold. Green tea, warm soup, or herbal infusions are other options you can consider.
Gargling with salt water can help drain excess fluids from the inflamed areas and reduce the pain associated with cough. Gargling also removes irritants and mucus from the throat.
When mucus drips from the back of the nose into the throat, it results in a productive cough, which gets worse at night when the body posture is favourable for such dripping. Sleeping with the head at a higher position helps reduce such drainage and helps reduce coughing at night and improves sleep.
A traditional solution is to drink hot milk with turmeric. Heat a glass of milk, mix in ½ teaspoon turmeric and drink warm for instant relief. Alternately you can mix ½ teaspoon turmeric and ½ teaspoon salt to hot water and gargle with that mixture. For a dry cough, mixing a teaspoon of honey with a teaspoon of turmeric for about three to four times a day can prove to be effective
Garlic has antimicrobial properties that make it a valuable ally to fight cold and cough. Gently crush 5 cloves of peeled garlic and fry lightly in a teaspoon of ghee. Eat this while still warm for relief from a cough and cold.
Like we said before, cold and cough are common ailments that bother us every now and then in life. In most cases, these home remedies will work to bring relief. But should the cough and cold continue for a prolonged period of time, you should seek professional advice. Get in touch with our Jiva doctors for a personalised consultation and get timely treatment for your cough and cold.
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