There are over 100 viruses that can cause a person to get a cold. The most common cause of the common cold is the rhino virus. This virus is extremely contagious. A cold virus can enter the body through the mouth, eyes or nose. The virus spreads through the air when a sick person coughs, sneezes or talks. This virus can also spread through hand-to-hand contact. A person can get sick after touching a contaminated object such as a telephone, utensil or towel. You are likely to catch a cold after you touch your eyes, nose or mouth after this contact or exposure.
The best ways to avoid getting colds is to get a flu shot, wash your hands frequently, eat healthy and exercise. But sometimes people just get sick. Luckily, there are many natural remedies that relieve the symptoms of a cold. Some of these remedies actually work. The following remedies will help with the common cold:
Apple cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar can help relieve symptoms of a cold. Make some tea and add a little vinegar to it and gargle it or sip it. Add some honey, lemon juice and a little water to improve the taste. The stronger this concoction is, the more effective it will be and the faster it will work. You should use this mixture three or four times a day.
Immune system support
It is important that you support your immune system while you have a cold. There are a variety of whole foods that you can use. One such whole food is oil of oregano. This is an excellent antiviral treatment. You should take one or two drops of this once a day. Another whole food that you can use is zinc lozenges. They can lessen the cold and a sore throat, make it less severe. You should take these at the onset of a cold.
Ginger has many benefits. It reduces inflammation, clears congestion and gives immune system support. You should drink two or three cups of ginger tea daily. It is best to use freshly grated or sliced ginger root in hot water. Yogi teas are another good option. Ginger also soothes sore throats.
Vitamins C and D
Vitamin C has been used to support the immune system and fight off colds for decades. The recommended dose is between 500 and 2000 milligrams every two hours. Many fruits and vegetables have high amounts of vitamin C. Some of these fruits and vegetables are kiwis, oranges, guavas, tomatoes, strawberries, bell peppers and broccoli. Vitamin D can reduce your chances of catching a cold. You can get vitamin D from fish and sunlight.
Honey can boost your immune system and ease your sore throat and coughing. Add a couple of tablespoons of honey to your tea or hot water. You can also add lemon if you want vitamin C. Finally, it is important that you get plenty of rest. Your body needs time to recover. It also needs to fight off germs. You will recover faster from colds if you rest enough.
If these traditional remedies don’t work, or if your symptoms persist or get worse, you should go see your doctor. Otherwise, you should be able to take care of a cold without seeking medical help.