The 3 best home remedies for a cold
Sunday, 18 October · 2 min read

As the seasons change, you might find yourself catching colds more often than normal.

Although you can’t cure a cold, you may be able to ease some of the symptoms with some simple home remedies.

Colds can cause symptoms like:

  • a sore throat
  • a runny or blocked nose
  • sneezing
  • coughing

While you may be tempted to try popular cold remedies like garlic, essential oils or echinacea to ease your symptoms, there's not much evidence to support their use.

The following home remedies are more likely to help.

  1. Gargling warm, salty water
    This may temporarily relieve a sore throat by pulling out some of the fluid from the inflamed tissue to relieve pain and inflammation. You can make a salt water solution by dissolving half a teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water.

  2. Drinking hot water with honey and lemon
    This may help ease your symptoms in the same way as a cough medicine, but there is limited scientific evidence to back up this remedy. If you want to try a honey and lemon drink, stir 1 or 2 teaspoons of honey and half a lemon’s worth of juice into a hot mug of water.

  3. Breathing in steam
    If you have a blocked or runny nose, breathing in steam may help ease congestion. Try sitting in your bathroom with a hot shower running.

In addition to any of these remedies, make sure to get plenty of rest to help your body recover and drink plenty of fluids to make sure you stay hydrated.

Quote of the day

Every mile is 2 in the winter.

George Herbert, poet

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Why are colds more common in colder temperatures?