Herbal Cold Remedies
There are a wide variety of herbal cold remedies that people use to alleviate the symptoms of a cold. With over the counter medicine at peak prices and with some of the side effects they cause, many people want to use something that is more natural to combat the discomfort a cold causes. The good news is that you may find you already have some of these items on hand.
Echinacea is a popular herbal remedy used to fight colds. Some people even take Echinacea when the cold season starts as it is known for its immune boosting properties. Some people believe that Echinacea shortens a cold’s duration and so they begin taking it at the first sign of a cold. Echinacea is available in pills or liquid; some people even brew tea using the liquid form.
Ginger is often used to alleviate the congestion brought on by colds. Many people use ginger root to make ginger tea when they have a cold or are congested. Add honey or lemon to your tea for a tasty treat and a great herbal remedy as well.
People who use herbal cold remedies may take an array of herbal supplements and many of them drink a lot of herbal tea. There are a great many herbs that are used in teas that can soothe the throat and help to alleviate congestion. Even chamomile tea can be soothing and lead to a more restful sleep. Peppermint oil can be added to teas and some people use it on the feet to fight fever as well. Peppermint oil is also great for soothing muscle aches and pains and it warms to a soothing degree when achy.
Although no herbs may prevent or cure a cold, just the soothing properties can help alleviate many of the symptoms associated with the common cold. Next time you find yourself sniffling or battling congestion, try herbal cold remedies.