Runny nose, sneezing, coughing, sore throat… you’ve got the common cold! How do you get over your cold? We all know old wive’s tales concerning how to cure the common cold, and there is always the option of going to the pharmacy and buying cold medicine. In addition to these, however, there are a few things that you can do at home that can help your body to get rid of the nasty virus.
It is important to hydrate your body when you are fighting off a cold. Don’t start chugging gallons of water. Instead, try to have a tall glass of water or orange juice every few hours. Too much liquid all at once will result in frequent urination (dehydrating), whereas moderate intake spread out over a longer period will allow your body to absorb more of the fluids. Try to avoid alcohol and coffee since these will dehydrate you and be counterproductive to getting better.
2) Hot Showers
If you are feeling stuffy and achy, a hot steamy shower can help to clear up your nostrils. The hot air and steam will help to relieve any aches and pains and ease congestion. An alternative to the shower, if you don’t feel up to it, would be to turn on the hot water in the sink so it steams and cover your head with a towel to trap the steam and open up your sinuses.
3) Lime and Honey
It may seem like it is one of those old wive’s solutions, however, lime and honey will help to ease sore throats and can also help to fight off the cold bug. The lime contains vitamin C, which is an effective combatant of the cold virus, while the honey diminishes the sour taste, helps to coat your throat, and is healthy for you.
While a cold can be extremely annoying, it is something that you can get over. Simply take the time to rest and treat your symptoms, and you will soon by on your way back to full health.