Avoid entering an air-conditioned room with wet hair and damp clothes to prevent yourself from viral fever and cold and cough.
Ginger is used to prevent cold, motion sickness, indigestion and is also a home remedy for nausea and sore throat. It also helps in blood circulation.
Honey is a safe remedy for children age 1 and older who are suffering from the common cold or a cough. A glass of warm milk with honey can relieve a dry cough and reduce chest pain.
Figs promote respiratory health and help drain phlegm and alleviate breathing difficulties. Wash three dried figs and soak them in a cup of water overnight. In the morning, eat the soaked figs and drink the fig water on an empty stomach.
Gargling with salt water several times a day is a great way to treat various symptoms of bronchitis. Simply add one teaspoon of salt to a glass of warm water and gargle with it.
Steam inhalation is the best and the simplest way to get rid of phlegm. Inhaling steam into the nasal passages helps keep phlegm in liquid form so it is easier to eliminate from your system.
For relief from frequent throat infection, follow a oral hygiene regimen. Do not eat salads outside home. Avoid salads kept for more than few hours. Do quick gargle after eating out.
Garlic helps in restoring the senses of smell and taste. It helps clear nasal congestion and open up blocked nasal passages, in turn improving your smelling power.Chop 2 or 3 garlic cloves. Put them in 1 cup of water and simmer for 5 to 10 minutes. Strain and drink while it is still warm. Repeat 2 or 3 times a day.
For children suffering from the common cold, honey is a good remedy due to its antimicrobial properties. It also helps reduce nighttime coughing and improves sleep. Mix together 2 teaspoons of raw honey and 1 teaspoon of lemon juice. Give it to your child 3 or 4 times a day for a few days. Do not give honey to children under age 1 as it can cause infant botulism.
Apple cider vinegar is a favorite remedy for the common cold, cough and sore throat. Mix one teaspoon each of apple cider vinegar, honey and warm water. Adding some mashed ginger to this mixture further enhances its medicinal properties. Drink one teaspoon of this mixture, three times a day, for relief from congestion, coughing and a stuffy nose.
Antibacterial properties of lemons help in fight against throat infections. It can also destroy bacteria of cholera, typhoid and other deadly diseases.
Inhaling steam is known to open blocked noses from ancient times. It is easy and safe for even an old person. Fill a small basin with scalding hot water and cover yourself with a towel. Now lean over it and take it inside the towel. The hot steam will clear your airways and help in breathing properly.