Today it is very common to have colds or toothaches. These and other conditions are usually solved with drugs by most people, however, there are others who prefer the natural and resort to home remedies as a more recommended and equally effective solution.
Nevertheless we must not use them without precautions or limits, because we must be aware of the evolution of the symptom and if it persists or worsens, we have to go to the doctor.
Home remedies for cough
One of the most common and annoying ills is cough, but luckily there are natural and home remedies against this evil, which means that most of the time you will not have to resort to medicine or doctors to relieve it. If after trying natural medicine, the discomfort persists, then it is advisable to consult a specialist.
1. Honey Cough Syrup
Honey can be effective in treating coughs and sore throats. This home remedy can be taken directly or mixed with coconut oil and lemon juice. But do not give it to children with one year or less.
Ginger has anti-inflammatory properties and can relax the membranes of the lungs, reducing cough. You can make a tea with 20-40 grams of fresh ginger slices and add honey or lemon juice to improve the flavor. It is important to note that in some cases, ginger tea can cause heartburn.
3. Gargling with salt water
This home remedy is one of the most effective in treating sore throat and wet cough. Salt water reduces phlegm and mucosa at the back of the throat, which can decrease the need to cough.
Stir half a teaspoon of salt in a cup with hot water. Let the solution cool before using it to gargle. Avoid giving this home remedy to the little ones, since they will not be able to gargle correctly and if they swallow the water with salt, it can be dangerous.
Bromelain is an enzyme that comes from pineapple, and has anti-inflammatory properties. You can drink pineapple juice on a daily basis to reduce the mucosa of the throat and eliminate the cough.
Thyme is a home remedy for coughs, sore throats, bronchitis, and digestive problems. You can look for a specific syrup that contains this type of herb or prepare a cup of tea and add two tablespoons of dried thyme to the cup of hot water. Let stand 10 minutes before drinking it.
6. Sage for cough
Boil two teaspoons of sage in a cup of water for ten minutes. Make gargles with it when you feel a sore throat.
7. Cold water compresses
Before bed, you can use cold water compresses around the neck. You have to remeve them after four hours.
8. Lemon with salt and pepper
To cut the cough right away, you can suck half a lemon with salt and pepper. This home remedy covers the throat, deflates and disinfects it.
9. Menthol and Eucalyptus Ointment
Apply and massage your chest, back and soles before sleeping.
10. Candies for cough
Caramel causes saliva to be produced, which fluidizes and hydrates the throat, relieving inflammation.
Flu home remedies
With temperature changes, we are more likely to get the flu or a cold. Therefore, here we leave you some home remedies to control symptoms and speed recovery.
1. Eucalyptus sprays
Eucalyptus has expectorant properties. You must use this home remedy with great care; pour very hot water into a large container and add oil or eucalyptus leaves. Put a towel over your head to try to cover all the steam and breathe it in.
2. Hot liquids
There is nothing better for the flu than drinking something very hot. A study from Cardiff University in England confirms this: “Hot drinks provide immediate relief from runny nose, cough, sneezing and sore throat.”
Garlic is very effective in fighting diseases, it is rich in allicin, a substance with antiseptic properties that helps the body fight the flu and other conditions. You can use this home remedy by taking an infusion of minced garlic, honey and lemon.
An infusion of elderberry bark can relieve a tired body. This plant species contains salicylic acid, a substance similar to that of aspirin, which helps to relieve pain and fever.
5. Lemon infusion
A hot lemon infusion, with juice and peels, can help combat cold symptoms, since lemon not only provides vitamin C, but also has antibacterial, antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties.
This home remedy with onion can serve as a treatment and as a preventive. Its intake reduces the symptoms that make us feel sick and, at the same time, directly combats the agents that cause the condition.
It can be used as an onion broth or by making foot patches. Try to cut a piece of onion and place it under each foot, cover it with a stocking before bedtime and remove it in the morning.
7. Salt and bicarbonate for nasal irrigation
Nasal congestion is very common when we get the flu. This home remedy consists of using iodine-free sea salt and a quarter teaspoon of baking soda in a cup of warm water. Pour a couple of drops into each nostril and then your gently sounds it.
8. Chicken soup
Our grandmothers were always right. Chicken soup as a home remedy makes you feel better because it reduces congestion and lubricates the throat, relieving irritation.
9. Camphor ointment
If your nose has become sore from cleaning it, the remedy is to apply a small amount of camphor and eucalyptus ointment.
10. Apple cider vinegar
It has a large number of antibacterial properties that directly attack the infection caused by bacteria and helps to soothe a sore throat.
Home remedies for toothache
Toothache is usually so intense that a lot of times, everything that is on hand is used to relieve it. However, not all of them usually work. Here are some home remedies that could ease your pain, although it is always advisable to go to a dentist.
1. Apply cold
Although it is not advisable to consume drinks that are too cold or too hot, when faced with a toothache, it is recommended to apply cold to the area in case of inflammation, as it “decreases” it. It is not placed directly on the tooth, you have to wrap the ice with a cloth to avoid direct contact with the skin.
It has anesthetic properties and is a home remedy for oral discomfort. You can put a clove in your mouth and suck like candy.
Although it does not help for particular toothache, it is recommended when you have a sore in your mouth. Salt causes faster healing.
It has a powerful antibiotic and anti-inflammatory action. You can use this home remedy by crushing a little garlic to concentrate its juice, and then apply it directly to the affected tooth and gum.
5. Hydrogen peroxide
It can be used as a treatment if the pain originates from an infection. You can moisten a little cotton with this water and apply it on the tooth.