Home Remedies for the common cold

Did you know that there are about 200 types of (known) cold viruses? Or that on average people spend around two and a half years of their life fighting a cold? The common cold is a big problem, but the common cold can be combated. Here are a few home remedies to help fend off colds and help you get better quicker should you catch one.


You should relax, first and foremost. Get plenty of sleep. Chill out, do nothing it’s a rare luxury so take it. It is the silver lining of the common cold. Resting gives your body the energy to fight off germs. If you are struggling to rest and sleep properly you could try aromatherapy and essential oils to help you relax.

Vitamin C: Orange Spice

Vitamin C is great for the immune system. You can check with a doctor if you would like to take supplements but you are just as well off eating the right fruit and vegetables. Oranges and kiwis are particularly high in vitamin C.

Vitamin D:

Vitamin D is good for helping you avoid catching a cold in the first place. Fish is good source of vitamin D, as is sunlight.


Ginger supports the immune system as well as clearing congestion and bringing down inflammation. To get your daily dose of ginger drink fresh ginger tea (2 or 3 cups a day). You can have grated ginger root in boiled water or a branded ginger tea. Either works and they’re also good for sore throats.

Eucalyptus oil:

Put half a dozen drops of eucalyptus in a glass bowl, pour boiling water into the bowl and then lean over it. It helps to cover your head with a towel as this traps the steam in. Inhale deeply for around five to ten minutes. Do this twice a day to open your nasal passages. This is great for helping your breathing. You could also try eucalyptus essential oils, they work brilliantly and have a sharp piercing aroma. (*note*: people with liver problems should not use eucalyptus oil.)


Honey has antiviral and antibacterial properties as well as being full of antioxidants. Honey can soothe a sore throat and cough. It also gives your immune system a much-needed boost. Adding a table spoon or two to a cup of boiled water is a sure way to get all these sweet benefits. Although when you have a cold you want to avoid sugar so do not go overboard. (you should avoid giving honey to infants / young children)

Cut out sugar:

Sugar is bad for the immune system, and can make you sicker and make your cold last longer. Swap your sugar rations for honey.

Essential oils:

If the earlier mention of essential oils peaked your interest, you may enjoy knowing that there is a selection of oils to help rid you of a cold. Rosemary essential oils are particularly good for fighting airborne cold and flu viruses.

There are other natural remedies you can use to cure your cold but these are some of the best. In general staying healthy and living well will help you resist and recover from a cold quicker as you will have a stronger immune system. A good way to keep yourself healthy is to add aromatherapy to your health care routine as it has therapeutic benefits which are good for both the mind and body.


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