Is are anything more annoying more fundamentally day-ruining than getting hit by the terrible two – coughing and a cold. As if the sniffling and the hacking weren’t gross enough, these two clog up your nose, deprive you of all energy, and leave you with an inability to focus on anything of note.
So what can we do about this? Well, there is the more common route of dragging your behind to your doctor and asking them nicely to please give us some medicine. Or there is the alternative which what we’ll be doing today.
Before we get into the solution, there are a few things we have to address. Sadly, similar to any other common medical ailments, the vernacular surrounding it has become confused over the years. So we all need to get on the same page.
What Is A Cold?
A cold is a common illness born from a seasonal viral infection that takes root in your throat or nose. In fact, it is so common that even healthy people can expect to have two or three colds every year. Usually, it is quite harmless and will simply make you sneeze a lot and give you a sore throat. Other symptoms can include a runny nose, cough, congestion, slight body aches, and sometimes a mild fever.
What Is A Cough?
To put it simply, a cough is a voluntary or involuntary act of expelling air from the body to clear the throat and breathing passage of foreign particles. Such invasive objects might include microbes, irritants, fluids, and mucus.
What Can Cause A Cough Or A Cold?
As a rule, colds are a result of viral infections like rhinoviruses. We can encounter these concerns by interacting with or sharing the possessions of someone suffering from it. And unlike popular belief, cold weather itself does not cause cold but is a breeding ground for infections that causes the cold.
Coughs, however, are more complex as they are just the symptoms of another ailment or a reaction or something. So a cough can come from throat infections, colds themselves, asthma, or just foreign object inhalation.
What Does Natural Remedy Mean?
Natural or herbal remedies are treatments that are less chemically inclined or official than their counterparts. These treatments often involve plants and traditional methodology – usually prescribed by our elders like resting or staying hydrated when you have a cold. With which we come to the meat of our article.
What To Consider When Looking For A Cold Or Cough Remedy?
Now, I’m sure you’ve been exposed to countless natural remedies since you were a child and only opted to read this article to see what works and what doesn’t. This is the case for most of us since cold remedies are almost as common as the cold itself. But with them being so commonplace and usually based on word of mouth, it is difficult to figure out what works and what doesn’t. So, we commend you on doing your research and advise you to focus on things mentioned in the list below.
First of all, you need to understand that despite the long association between healing and witchcraft, natural remedies aren’t magic – nothing can cure a cold. But this doesn’t mean they are useless. As a matter of fact, they are fundamental to your recovery and help you properly manage your symptoms and keep you from feeling so miserable.
Chances are, if you hear something in one line among hundreds in a chatroom discussing something else, it is less likely to be accurate than something you could feasibly hear a doctor saying. So make sure to take what you hear with a grain of salt.
On the other hand, even if something is a commonly held belief doesn’t make it true. For example, most people still think cracking your fingers will give you arthritis, despite being conclusively proven otherwise.
Having mentioned the good old GP in the previous section, let us discuss them. While most people think that you get your regular medicine from the hospital and it alternative from your grandmother or a strange man who lives in the woods, there is much more crossover than you think.
So if you have a cold call, your doctor and ask them what you should do if you don’t want to take medicine, chances are they’ll give you a few tips.
The Items Involved
It goes without saying that if you see something considered dangerous or poisonous mentioned in the list of items you need for a natural remedy, you should be alarmed.
However, just the fact that this is a possibility should draw your attention to a more important fact. Considering these remedies are based on word of mouth, not everyone actually takes the time out to test them or even knows what they are talking about. So always double-check not only the method but the ingredients.
However, just because someone has tried something doesn’t mean it will work for everyone. So try and cast as wide a net as possible when researching to increase the probability of success while accounting for freak accidents.
Some Proven Cold Remedies
Now since we appreciate you taking the time to research these remedies instead of just jumping on the bandwagon (which is a much bigger problem than we thought as the reaction to COVID proved), here are a few common (and proven) cold remedies to help you out.
- Stay hydrated
- Eat some ice chips
- Use over the counter saline nasal drops for the stuffiness
- Sip warm liquids
- Try honey
We hope our suggestions pay off and your cold is more manageable than the norm. But even when you research as thoroughly as we, do we are not exempt from mistakes, and we hope you’ve learned how to research more objectively, and that pays off for you when looking for other natural remedies.