“Colds spread through the air and by direct contact with various objects like toys or utensils. This contagious infection is a very common illness that can be caused by several types of viruses. Many cases are observed in winter, but cold weather is not always the cause of colds. In addition to medications, there are natural antiseptic, decongestant, and purifying treatments to cure it quickly.”
Stuffy or runny nose, headaches, chills, sore throat… You’ve probably caught a cold! Generally, this seasonal infection is not very dangerous, but it still needs to be treated. In addition to medications, there are natural remedies to relieve and help the body fight against rhinitis. So, try these 5 grandmother’s recipes.
1. Tiger Balm and Camphor
Camphor has many uses in France. It can cause vomiting if consumed in large doses, so it is mixed with alcohol to discourage its consumption in its raw state. Highly effective against moths, this natural product is also used as an insecticide. In the 19th and 20th centuries, it was used to fight against the Asian flu and cholera. Currently, camphor is the main ingredient in the famous Tiger Balm. Mixed with menthol, fatty substances, clove oil, mint, and various essential oils, it helps to relieve cough. Applied under the nostrils, this mixture facilitates the clearing of the respiratory passages. However, it should be used in a small amount and with caution. Note that camphor is also an aphrodisiac. This means it can cancel or decrease sexual desire, which is already weakened by the cold.
2. The Famous Hot Toddy
Once neglected in favor of medications, the hot toddy is back in the spotlight. Made with honey, rum, and lemon juice added to very hot water, the hot toddy is both delicious and very effective. The effects of hot water combined with those of rum, and of course, the antiseptic properties of lemon and honey, are the reasons. A little tip: add cloves and cinnamon as both are known for their invigorating and disinfecting properties.
3. Onion Cut in Half
No one is unaware that this vegetable makes you cry when you cut it due to its volatile molecules that irritate the eyes. Many, however, do not know that onions have well-known medicinal properties dating back to antiquity. Antiseptic, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory, it is regularly used in phytotherapy to cure colds. Cut in half and placed on the bedside table, it is said to be very effective against seasonal colds as it acts on the respiratory system. Whether raw or cooked, onions are good for your health. Try the exquisite taste of onion soup this winter, and you’ll see!
4. Try Steam Inhalations for Better Breathing
Thinning nasal secretions and washing the airways are simple actions that allow you to get rid of your cold. To do this, inhalations remain the easiest and quickest techniques. Proceed as follows: bring water to a boil, fill a saucepan with it up to three-quarters of its volume. Add a few drops of eucalyptus essential oil, coarse salt, or thyme with moderation. You can also use thyme branches.
5. Honey and Lemon Thyme Infusion
Also called “farigoule” in Provence, thyme is an aromatic plant par excellence in French gastronomy. In addition to being an excellent expectorant, thyme also has antiviral and antiseptic properties.
Consumed as a herbal tea, thyme is often used to relieve and even treat a cold. If you don’t like its taste, add a spoonful of lemon juice and honey. Because of its healing properties, honey is ideal for soothing an irritated throat.”
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