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Beat Cough & Cold With These Effective Remedies & Products

By Suhani Gupta

Updated - Jan. 17, 2023 5 min read

Sneezing, runny nose, and a heavy feeling in the head — cough and cold can be a real pain! “It's just a cold!” people might say. However, only you can understand what you are suffering through. It may appear to be a minor annoyance, but it can cause serious discomfort and make you feel quite uncomfortable. A cold is one of the most prevalent illnesses, but it is also one of the easiest to treat at home. Keep reading to know more!


1. Ginger tea

Ginger tea is not only delicious, but it also aids in the treatment of common colds and coughs. The tea aids in the drying of a runny or leaking nose, allowing mucus to be expelled from the respiratory tract. Among various health benefits of ginger, it is known to soothe the common cold and speeds up the recovery process.


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2. Mixture of lemon, cinnamon and honey

Another effective home remedy for common cold and cough is a mixture of lemon, cinnamon and honey. This syrup effectively cures cold and cough.

How to make the syrup: In half a spoon of honey, add a few drops of lemon and a pinch of cinnamon. Have this syrup twice a day to cure common cold and cough.


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3. Luke-warm water

Drinking lukewarm water on a regular basis can assist with common colds, coughs, and sore throats. Warm water lowers throat inflammation and aids in the replenishment of fluids and the removal of infection from the body.


4. Milk and turmeric

An essential ingredient found in almost all Indian kitchens, turmeric has a strong antioxidant which helps in treating many health problems. Turmeric mixed in warm milk is a popular and effective way to fight against cold and cough. Drinking a glass of warm turmeric milk before sleeping helps in faster recovery from cold and cough.


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5. Gargle with salt-water

This is an age-old therapy that effectively treats cough and cold. Adding turmeric in this salt-water is also beneficial.


6. Honey and brandy

Brandy is recognised for keeping your chest warm by raising your body's temperature, and honey mixed in brandy aids in cough relief. Cough and cold symptoms can be improved with just a teaspoon of brandy combined with a few drops of honey.


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7. Flaxseeds for cold and cough

Flaxseeds are also a good way to get rid of a cold or cough. Flaxseeds can be boiled until they thicken, then strained. Consume the mixture with a few drops of lime juice and honey for cold and cough relief.


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8. Ginger and salt

Cut ginger into small pieces and add salt to it. Chew these ginger pieces to fight cold, cough and a sore throat.

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9. Sauté garlic

Sauté a few garlic cloves in ghee and consume this when warm. This can be a bitter concoction but has a great soothing impact for common cold and cough.



10. Ginger-tulsi mixture

Extract the ginger juice and add crushed tulsi leaves to it and add honey. Consume it to get relief from a cough.



 11. Black Tea

Apart from curing coughs and colds, black tea benefits magically in lowering bad cholesterol throughout the body. It contains a Polyphenols group of antioxidants that boost overall health, improves immunity, and minimize the risk of any chronic disease.

You can make it flavorsome by adding cardamom, ginger, & clove. It opens the respiratory tract, clears malefic bacteria, and reduces congestion.



12. Garlic Veggie Soup

Instead of Garlic Veggie Soup, you can call it scrumptious medicinal soup. It soothes inflammation throughout the body and clears nasal and throat congestion. Garlic contains antimicrobial and antiviral properties which immediately boost your immunity and relieve the cough, cold, and common flu. Other seasonal healthy vegetables like carrots, tomatoes, and spinach add extra nutrients and a savory taste to the soup to combat cold.



13. Carom Seeds (Ajwain) and Clove Tea

Thymol-rich Ajwain with Clove helps in discharging mucus, and chest congestion, and clearing the nasal blockage. This tea is power-packed with immunity booster, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-inflammatory properties that cure all cold & cough problems of winter.You can add jaggery or sea salt to improve its taste. 



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14. Holy Basil Tea or Tulsi Ka Kadha 

Every Indian adult has a nostalgic memory of having Tulsi Ka Kadha prepared by their grand-mom or mother in their vivid childhood days. This natural immunity booster is prepared by boiling a handful of Basil leaves, grated Ginger, Cardamom, Clove, and a small stick of Cinnamon in a glass of plain water. You can also add a spoonful of honey to make it more delectable and healthy.



Keep in mind these remedies and you'll be all set to fight this winter season!


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