Even though the autumn sun still warms us, the cold season has already started. If you’ve caught a cold, you can fight it with various plant-based home remedies and alleviate your symptoms. But the best medicine is to stay at home and rest while enjoying andar bahar in english.
“Achoo!”: Have you caught a cold? It’s no surprise, as the cold season is in full swing during autumn, winter, and spring – especially for those who use buses and trains daily. Before reaching for a pill, see if these plant-based home remedies can help.
COLD, FLU, OR CORONA
People often don’t distinguish between a cold and the flu. But there are important differences:
A cold is a viral infection of the upper respiratory tract that starts gradually, and you feel mildly to moderately ill. As soon as you sense it coming, you can fight the cold with home remedies to prevent worse symptoms.
In contrast, the flu, caused by influenza A or B viruses, starts suddenly and is accompanied by a strong feeling of illness. The symptoms are similar, but they are much more severe in the flu, especially high fever and severe body aches. Since both a cold and the flu are caused by viruses, they can only be treated symptomatically.
If you suspect you have the flu instead of just a cold, you should visit your general practitioner. The flu can lead to serious complications, such as pneumonia or myocarditis, especially in immunocompromised people.
HOMEMADE COUGH SYRUP
Onions not only add a special note to many dishes and bring tears to our eyes, but they are also a strong ally during the cold season and a classic among home remedies. Onions have antibacterial properties, and you can make an effective cough syrup from them combined with honey.
Here’s how to make onion syrup for coughs:
- Peel an onion, chop it, put the pieces in a glass or cup, and pour two tablespoons of liquid honey over them.
- For a vegan version or if you don’t have honey, sugar can also be used instead.
- Let it sit for several hours or, ideally, overnight, then strain the resulting liquid.
- Your homemade cough syrup is ready to be taken several times a day with a spoon.
POTATO AND ONION WRAPS
Warm wraps are probably among the oldest home remedies against colds. Potato wraps, for example, are suitable for sore throats. Cook unpeeled potatoes, place them directly after cooking in a cotton cloth, and crush them slightly. Then wrap the cloth with a towel and place it around your neck for about half an hour. But test first to make sure the wrap is not too hot, or you could burn yourself.
For earaches, our old friend the onion helps not only as cough syrup but also. The vapors of the onion stimulate blood circulation and reduce germs. Chop an onion for the wrap and put the small pieces in a cotton cloth or an old sock. Place the onion bag on the aching ear and secure it with your hand or a headband. Leave the home remedy there for about 20 minutes.
You can also make an onion tea using the onion and its peel. Read here for more amazing uses of onion peel.
Especially at the beginning of a cold, you can effectively fight the symptoms with a full bath. The warmth of the water promotes blood circulation in your mucous membranes, thus somewhat stopping the multiplication of viruses.
The bath alleviates your complaints, and bath additives with eucalyptus help you breathe better. Important: Rest after the full bath – preferably take a bath before going to sleep at night.
Even if you’ve been sick for a while, a hot and relaxing full bath is worth it as a home remedy. However, you should not bathe if you have a fever. Also, a full bath uses a lot of water, so you should shower more often than bathe.