Common cold: 3 natural remedies that will help you fight the illness

Colds and other respiratory illnesses will return with the return of colder weather. Natural treatments might benefit you.

5 natural remedies to fight the common cold
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5 natural remedies to fight the common cold

Every year, our bodies are exposed to a large number of viruses which then lead to several illnesses, including a common cold.

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A stuffy nose, a sore throat, a cough, and a headache are all symptoms of a cold. The symptoms are usually obvious and last for several days.

While there is no genuine cure for the common cold, certain medications can help to alleviate the discomforts, both in terms of severity and length. There are also additional natural alternatives that can help you. Here are three of them:

Lemon to fight a common cold

Lemon, a citrus fruit rich in vitamin C, also contains minerals such as magnesium, potassium and phosphorus. These are all elements that contribute to strengthening the immune system. Lemon also has anti-infectious and antiseptic properties.

To benefit fromit: Squeeze half a lemon and pour the juice into a glass of warm or hot water. Drink at least once a day, preferably in the morning on an empty stomach.

Cinnamon to fight a common cold

Cinnamon Diana Polekhina

Mainly used in cooking, this spice has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties. It also has the ability to stimulate the immune system and disinfect the respiratory tract.

To benefit fromit: Boil a stick in water or pour powder into a cup of hot water. Be careful if you use cinnamon in the form of essential oil, too high a dose can cause negative effects such as nausea and headaches.

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Thyme to fight a common cold

Thyme Olena Sergienko

Thyme is an aromatic plant recognized for everything related to immunity, and in particular respiratory infections. It has a disinfectant,antibiotic and antiseptic benefits on the body. It helps stimulate the immune system.

To benefit fromit: Use a sachet or directly a teaspoon of thyme. Let steep for 10 minutes in a cup of hot water and rink while it's hot. Lemon and honey can be paired with the thyme infusion, to enhance its effectiveness (and potentially improve its taste).

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