When the cold season is here and your immune system is not really in a great shape, it’s not unlikely for you to end up with the common cold especially if you are always in contact with infected individuals at home or in the office or you are not fond of washing your hands often.
In this article, you will come across some of the best home remedies for the common cold straight from Thailand. You will see that many of them are also the ones being trusted for battling a cold elsewhere on the planet.
Make sure that you share this article on your various social media sites afterwards especially if you have family members and friends who trust nature more than pharmaceutical companies. When the cold season strikes, it’s for sure that they have you to thank for their attainment of much-needed relief from the common cold.
Apply Tiger Balm
There is a product from China that a lot of Thais count on each time they are down with the cold. It’s called Tiger Balm, and it’s for certain that your local Asian convenience store or herbal shop is carrying it.
Especially at night when the many different symptoms of the common cold can keep you from getting some shut-eye, you may rub a little Tiger Balm on your chest and even your throat — its strong menthol odor can help keep your nasal passages open throughout the night, thus allowing you to have a restorative kind of sleep.
Drink Ginger or Turmeric Tea
Ginger and turmeric are related to one another, so it doesn’t really matter which one of them is readily available in your kitchen — consuming them in tea form will surely let you attain much-needed relief.
You can turn ginger into tea by peeling and grating a small piece of it and then adding a teaspoon of it to a cup of hot water. Let a few minutes pass before straining. To turn turmeric powder into tea, dissolve a teaspoon of it in a cup of hot water. Add a teaspoon of lemon juice or honey to your ginger or turmeric tea to make it taste better.
Grab a small basin and fill it with boiling water — be extra careful especially because you have a cold! Reach for a large towel and drape it over your head and then lower your face about 6 inches or so from the basin. Start inhaling the steam until there is no more steam being produced.
Thais usually add something to the boiling water to make the symptoms of the common cold go away. Some of them include a few drops of lavender essential oil, crushed basil or lemongrass, and a few pieces of ginger.
Add Garlic to the Diet
Consuming more garlic per day is usually enough to provide you with relief from the common cold. That’s because garlic has amazing antiviral properties, and the one to blame for a bout of cold is a virus. This very common culinary and medicinal herb has anti-inflammatory properties, too, thus keeping the airways open.
Even if you do not have a cold, it’s a wonderful idea for you to add more garlic to your diet. It will make your immune system stronger, allowing your body to be safeguarded from attacking disease-causing microbes.
Sprinkle Some Chili Flakes
In Thailand, adding chili flakes to foods is very popular. This is most especially true among people who are suffering from the common cold. Chili flakes are actually rich in vitamin C, a nutrient that strengthens the immune system.
Chili flakes can also make your nose runny, which is actually a huge benefit if your cold is keeping you from being able to breathe properly due to stuffiness. Besides, the addition of chili flakes can make any food seem more appetizing to a cold sufferer like you whose appetite is out of the window.