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Showing posts with label common cold. Show all posts

Home Remedies for Child Cough and Cold

Whether your child has a cough, a cold, or the flu, you can try these gentle, effective, and safe home remedies. A cold or flu usually takes about ten days to run its course. While none of these home remedies will shorten your child's illness, they may help him feel a lot better.
  • Massage the child's chest with warm olive oil or warm ghee (add a pinch of salt for extra potency) for 1 to 2 minutes followed by a steam inhalation.
  • Turmeric powder mixed in warm milk. Dosage: A pinch to tsp. of turmeric (according to the child's age) mixed in one cup of warm milk.
  • Fresh Ginger juice with honey. Dosage: Half teaspoon of fresh ginger juice with one teaspoon of honey.
  • Regular dose of half a teaspoon of Chawayanprash
  • Lemon and honey mixed in warm water can be consumed twice a day. The high concentration of vitamin C improves the resistance of the body, lowers the toxic nature of the infection, and reduces the total duration of the cold.
  • Cloves of garlic, boiled in water and consumed as a soup, provide relief from the symptoms of a cold. The antiseptic and antispasmodic nature of garlic mitigates the discomfort. The oil contained in the garlic is also beneficial in opening up the airways, thus facilitating better respiration. 
  • Ginger is also used as one of the home remedies for a cough and cold. Ginger tea, mixed with honey and drunk hot, provides soothing relief to the throat and clears the feeling of heavy headedness. 
  • Natural cold remedies also include the use of turmeric. The anti-inflammatory properties of this root can help ease the symptoms of a cold and rejuvenate the infected person. It is best to consume a hot glass of turmeric and ginger mixed in milk, before retiring for the night. 
  • To address a running nose a home remedy banks on the benefits of inhaling the vapors of turmeric, apple cider vinegar, or eucalyptus oil that can be added to steaming water water. This helps loosen the secretions, thus enhancing the discharge through your nose. 
  • Saline gargles are helpful to soothe an itchy and sore throat. The use of humidifiers may also be helpful, particularly if you spend most of your time indoors.
  • 1 gram of dry Ginger powder, black pepper powder, cardamom powder, clove powder, cinnamon powder, turmeric powder. Add an equal quantity powdered sugar (i.e. 6 grams). Mix 1-4 grams of this mixture in honey or warm water. Dosage: Twice daily. 

    Dos and don'ts
    • • Avoid cold and frozen foods, yogurt, banana and sour fruits
    • • Take fresh and homemade preparations, hot drinks
    • • Feet, head and chest should be properly covered

Common Illness During Rainy Season:Prevention and Cure

First showers of monsoon are heartily welcomed by everyone after experiencing the scorching heat of summer. But monsoons reduce the immunity of our body and  make us susceptible to many diseases which are commonly associated with this season.Rainy season invites lots of health disorders.Dealing with such illnesses requires extra-careful precautions as most common illness is related to respiratory system and water and food borne diseases that cannot be overlooked.

Cold and flu are common illness that is found in rainy season and this is usually due to fluctuation in the temperature. If you are a student, a working citizen or a mom, you need to protect yourself from these illnesses and prevent from getting sick. The first immediate step that you can do is wash your hands every now and then. Avoid food from outside.

Common Illness caused During Rainy Season
  1. Dengue
  2. Cold
  3. Flu
  4. Food infection
  5. Water infection
  6. Cholera
  7. Leptospirosos is caused by bacteria that can be carried either by a man or some animal. Its severe form can damage kidney, lever, meningitis and respiratory failure.
Precautions During Rainy Season

Increasing the intake of Vitamin C either in natural form or as food supplement will help you drive away the cold virus faster. Vitamin C will activate your antibodies and reduce the severity of cold, undoubtedly.
  • Do not enter air conditioned room with wet hair and damp cloths.
  • Shower After Being Caught in Rain as this will protect you from many infections.
  • Increase intake of Hot drinks like a cup of hot milk, adrak tea, vegetable soup etc..This will help you from catching cold or save you from catching any kind of infection that can occur due to sudden change in the temperature of the body.
  • Cleanliness is very important during rainy season. Even if you catch a cold, you should clean your hands regularly and use a sanitizer always after that.
  • Drink Plenty of Water as this will help you drain toxins from your body.
  • Try to eat nutritious food and avoid eating out during rainy season. Prepare meal with full precaution and maintain health and hygiene throughout the house.
  • Wash vegetables with clean water and steam them well to kill germs.
Ayurvedic Tips to increase body immunity and preventing diseases of monsoon.
Rainy season leads to low digestive power.Hence following diets which increase power of and strengthen the digestive system would be beneficial in rainy season.  
  1. Light foods prepared out of old barley, rice and wheat
  2. Sour and salted soups of vegetables.
  3. Drinking boiled and cooled water mixed with little honey.
  4. Consuming little quantity of wine prepared out of grapes.
  5. Adding ginger and green gram in daily diet.
  6. Eating warm food.
  7. Drink a glass of warm water mixed with a tea spoon of honey in empty stomach. This flushes out accumulated toxins.
  8. Freshly prepared radish juice is the best remedy for cold.
  9. A pinch each of long pepper powder and rock salt mixed in warm water reduces cough
  10. Cook rice with recommended quantity of water with crushed ginger and salt. Powder long pepper and fry it in a spoon of cow’s ghee and add it to gruel. Consume this when it hot. This is very light to digest and relieves colic pain.
  11. Incase of Diahorrea cook rice with recommended quantity of water with ginger paste and salt. Add pomegranate juice when the gruel is warm. This gruel rehydrates body and supply energy . This soothes inflamed walls of intestine and controls bowel movements.
  12. In flatulence cook rice, haritaki powder , roots of pippali and water together. Add salt to it.Consume this when it is warm. This relieves flatulence and regularizes the bowel movement.

    Thus precautions coupled with care really help you to enjoy monsoon. Have a healthy and safe monsoon.

Common Cold Causes, Symptoms, Treatment & Home Remedies

A common cold, is an inflammation of the upper respiratory tract caused by infection with common cold viruses and occurs more often than any other disease. 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 caused by a variety of viral infections and it is the most common of all infections that we suffer from.

As per ayurveda, the aggravation of kapha due to the intake of cold food, drinks and fried stuff etc causes cough. Seasonal changes is also one of the reasons for cough Improper digestion of food transforms into a mucus toxin (Ama) and this circulates through the body and reaches the respiratory system, where it causes colds and coughs.

The common cold is highly contagious but those with a strong immunity have some protection against most outbreaks. This said, no matter how healthy you might be, you are likely to suffer a common cold from time to time. Generally the symptoms of a common cold infection appear within a day or two after exposure to the virus.

Common Cold Symptoms

  • Soreness of Throat, Congestion of Nasal Passages
  • Running Nose, Sneezing, Headache, Chill
  • Low fever with body pain, Lethargy, Insomnia
  • Loss of appetite

Common Cold Home Remedies

Lemon: Lemon is beneficial in all types of cold with fever. Vitamin C-rich lemon juice increases body resistance, decreases toxicity and reduces the duration of the illness. One lemon should be diluted in a glass of warm water, and a teaspoon of honey should be added to it. This should be taken once or twice daily.

Garlic: Garlic soup is an old remedy to reduce the severity of a cold, and should be taken once daily. The soup can be prepared by boiling three or four cloves of chopped garlic in a cup of water. Garlic contains antiseptic and antispasmodic properties, besides several other medicinal virtues. The oil contained in this vegetable helps to open up the respiratory passages. In soup form, it flushes out all toxins from the system and thus helps bring down fever. Five drops of garlic oil combined with a teaspoon of onion juice, and diluted in a cup of water, should be drunk two to three times a day. This has also been found to be very effective in the treatment of common cold..

Ginger: Ginger is another excellent remedy for colds and coughs. About ten grams of ginger should be cut into small pieces and boiled in a cup of water. It should then be strained and half a teaspoon of sugar added to it. This decoction should be drunk when hot. Ginger tea, prepared by adding a few pieces of ginger into boiled water before adding the tea leaves, is also an effective remedy for colds and for fevers resulting from cold. It may be taken twice daily. Also take half a teaspoon of ginger juice with half a teaspoon of honey, three times a day (morning, noon and night). In winter, warm the mixture by mixing a teaspoon of warm water in it.

In cases of dry cough (especially during the night), peel a small piece of fresh ginger. Sprinkle some salt on it and chew.

Clove or Cardamoms or Raisins: In cases of sore throat, a clove or two cardamoms or a few raisins can be chewed. Gargling with warm salty water two to three times a day is also beneficial.

Turmeric: 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, is a useful prescription for these conditions. Turmeric powder should be put into a hot ladle. Milk should then be poured in it and boiled over a slow fire. This mixture should then be drunk by the patient. In case of a running cold, smoke from the burning turmeric should be inhaled. It will increase the discharge from the nose and provide quick relief.

Tamarind and Pepper: Tamarind-pepper rasam is also considered an effective home remedy for a cold in South India. Dilute 50 mg tamarind in 250 ml of water. Boil the diluted tamarind water for a few minutes with a teaspoon of hot clarified butter and half a teaspoon of black pepper powder. This steaming hot rasam has a flushing effect, and should be taken three times a day. As one takes it, the nose and eyes water and the nasal blockage is cleared.

Vitamin C: Regular intake of vitamin C-75 mg for adults and 35 mg for children-will prevent the common cold. If, however, a cold has already appeared, large doses of this vitamin will relieve the symptoms and shorten its duration. One to two grams (1000 mg to 2000 mg) per day is approximately the optimum amount of this vitamin for this purpose. Swallow one or two 500mg tablets of vitamin C at the appearance of the first sign of the cold and continue the treatment by taking one to two 500 mg tablets daily.

Home Remedies for Stuffy Nose

Inhale turmeric fumes, for this tie some turmeric in a clean cloth and light it. Boil some water and allow it to cool, now add ¼ teaspoon table salt to it. Put 2 to 3 drops of this solution in your both the nostrils before meals and going to bed. Mix natural apple cider vinegar and water in equal parts. Boil this solution in a pan, when the fumes rises lean over the pan and inhale the fumes. Prepare a solution using 4 drops of Lavender Essential Oil and Pine Essential Oil, 3 drops of Peppermint Essential Oil and 7 drops of Eucalyptus Essential Oil. Inhale vapors of this solution by putting it on a cotton ball or an aromatherapy diffuser.

Some important measures to treat Common Cold

  • Abstain Solid Foods, Drink Fruit and Vegetable Juices
  • Well-Balanced Diet of Seeds, Nuts
  • Avoid Meat, Fish, Eggs and Starchy Foods
  • Mild sunbath, fresh air, deep breathing, sound sleep etc
  • The body should be kept warm - especially the feet, chest, throat and head. Sweating is very helpful.