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Living Right: Natural Remedies for Cold Relief

Living Right

Natural Remedies for Cold Relief

In addition to the basic precautions, like frequently washing your hands and sanitizing your work area, there are a few natural remedies you can use if you find yourself feeling a little under the weather.

Blow your nose often. Getting germs out is the best thing to do. Don’t sniff mucus back into your throat, and be sure to wash your hands afterward.

Take it easy. Resting when you aren’t feeling well or are first coming down with cold or flu symptoms helps your immune system better fight the battle. Allowing yourself to lay down under a blanket, reserving your energy for your immune system, can help shorten the duration of your symptoms.

Drink hot liquids. Liquids are very important when you’re not feeling well, and staying hydrated should be a top priority. Drinking some hot liquids when possible helps, as the warmth will relieve nasal congestion and soothe irritated nasal passages.

Gargle. If you have a sore throat, gargling can temporarily relieve your discomfort. You can gargle with salt water, or try some honey and lemon juice mixed with hot water. If you have a tickle in your throat, gargling with a tea that contains tannins, such as green or black tea, can help tighten the membranes and relieve the scratchiness.

Get an extra pillow. Sleeping with your head propped up on an extra pillow lets your nasal passages drain more effectively. If propping your head on another pillow feels too awkward, try raising the head of your bed.

Source: This article was from excerpted from mtj® (Massage Therapy Journal®) Winter 2010. Subscribe to read the entire article.

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