Monday, 18 July 2011


A common cold is also known as acute coryza, is an inflammation of the upper respiratory tract caused by infection with common cold viruses. A common cold occurs more often than any other disease - hence, its name. A person may suffer from a common fold several times in a year. A cold usually lasts from three to ten days. The patient feels miserable for the first three days or so. A common cold is not really a serious illness, but it may not always seem harmless because of the extent of discomfort that it can cause. A common cold is caused by a variety of viral infections and it is the most common of all infections that we suffer from and accordingly is the most treated condition. 


  •  Lemon is the most important among the many home remedies for common cold. Take a glass of lukewarm water and dilute the lime juice in it. Add a tsp of honey to enhance its efficacy.
  • The antiseptic properties of garlic make it one of the most effective ingredients for cold. Consumption of garlic soup would be the best way to cure common cold.
  • Five drops of garlic oil combined with a teaspoon of onion juice, and diluted in a cup of water, must be drunk two to three times a day. This has also been found to be very useful in the treatment of common cold.
  • Ginger is another excellent remedy for colds and coughs. Put small pieces of ginger in water. Boil this mixture. Once it simmers, strain the liquid and add half a tsp of sugar to it and  drink this in the hot state.
  • Lady's fingers are extremely valuable in treating irritation of the throat and a persistent dry cough. This vegetable is rich in mucilage and acts as a drug to allay frustration, swelling, and pain.
  • Hot water bath also proves effective as it relieves of all the nasal and chest congestion. Taking steam also would heal the congested nasal tissues.
  • Turmeric is an effective remedy for colds and throat irritations. Half a teaspoon of fresh turmeric powder mixed in 30 ml of warm milk, and taken once or twice daily.
  • Mix 200 grams of coriander seeds and jaggery in it. Make a paste of it and then add water in it. Boil this mixture and inhale the vapors of this mixture. Four times a day would cure common cold.
  • Mix equal amounts of tulsi seeds and ginger. Make a fine powdery mixture out of the two. Have this mixture two times a day.
  • The roots of the bitter gourd plant are used in folk medicine to heal a cold. A teaspoon of the root paste, mixed with an equivalent quantity of honey or tulsi leaf juice, given once every night for a month

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