Home remedies for the common cold
We've all heard the basics: lots of fluids and plenty of rest. We'll be the first to admit that this usually doesn't seem like enough. Fortunately, there are plenty of home remedies that help speed up the healing process. Below are 10 tried and true methods.
1) Humidifier. A humidifier is a must when you're sick. Congestion occurs when the nasal passages are dehydrated, and a humidifier helps to get them back on track. Use it with water or add a few drops of essential oils into it. This one has seven different LED lights to choose from.
2) Epsom salt bath. Turns out, there are some pretty cool benefits of Epsom salt. According to Dr. Theresa Ramsay, Epsom salt acts as a catalyst for a process called vasodilation, which increases the white blood cell count and helps fight an illness more quickly. You can find Epsom salt at any local pharmacy or grocery store, but if you prefer to online shop, there's a link below.
3) Elderberry. This amazing supplement is rich in vitamin C, fiber, and antioxidants. You can throw it into your everyday vitamin rotation, or you can wait until you're feeling symptoms and kick up the dosage.
4) Apple cider vinegar and honey. This one isn't pleasant. You'll need a glass of warm water, 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and some honey (to taste). Mix the three together and drink 2–3 times a day. The ACV rebalances the PH levels in your body, making it an unsuitable environment for infections and viruses. Honey soothes a sore throat and has antiviral properties.
5) Ginger. Another not-so-pleasant remedy if you're going to ingest it straight up. We recommend using it in a soup recipe. It will boost the flavor, and you'll benefit from its anti-inflammatory properties.
6) PhoneSoap 3. We wash our hands regularly, especially when we're sick, to fight off germs and infection. Since we take our smartphones with us everywhere, it's important to give them the same treatment. PhoneSoap's UV-C technology is clinically proven to kill 99.99% of viruses and bacteria.*
7) Oscillococcinum. Tricky to pronounce but it works! This homeopathic medicine temporarily relieves flu-like symptoms like body aches, headaches, fever, chills, and fatigue.
8) Essential oils. A few of our favorites are peppermint, frankincense, and eucalyptus. There are so many ways to use essential oils. You can drop a few drops of eucalyptus into a humidifier and topically apply peppermint and frankincense. The best place to apply essential oils is the bottoms of your feet. That's where the largest pores on your body are located.
9) Black pepper. This is another strange concoction. You'll need 1/2 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper and a glass of lukewarm water. Mix the two together and drink. Black pepper helps "stem the flow of mucus" and offers relief from throat pain and coughs.
10) Warmth. This one is pretty simple. Layer on the socks and jackets and blankets (unless you have a fever). According to WebMD, staying warm will help your body "direct its energy toward the immune battle."
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*PhoneSoap 3 has been tested by an independent, third-party laboratory to be 99.99% effective against Salmonella, E. coli, MRSA, H1N1, Coronavirus 229E, Staphylococcus, Rhinovirus, Rotavirus. It has been tested on actual phones, Apple™ watch, headphones, credit cards, and keys. PhoneSoap 3 has also been tested to be 99.99% effective against Salmonella, H1N1, rotavirus, and rhinovirus using a modified ASTM E1153 and ASTM E1053-11 for efficacy of UV light on general hard non-porous surfaces such as glass, metals, and plastics. Real-world results may vary depending on size, shape, and material of phone or phone case.