The advent of Summers is synonymous with fun, adventure, and vacations. While everyone wants to make the most out of this lovely season, a Summer Cold can end up jeopardizing your plan. Nobody (especially kids) would want to spend the much-awaited Summer vacations coughing, sneezing or lying the bed. More than often, the hot weather amalgamated with endless ice-creams or cold-drink parties are found to be the main wrecker- in chief triggering a cold during the Summers.
The cold can also be an outcome of a viral infection triggered by Enteroviruses (a group of single-stranded, positive-sense RNA viruses). In addition to coughing and sneezing, a person suffering from a Summer Cold often complains of a sore throat, running or a stuffy nose. Without timely treatment, the situation may even worsen. While doctors and medical assistance are always available, the natural home remedies can work wonders to deal with the summer cold and the associated complications.
Following are a couple of home remedies for summer cold that have proven results -
The goodness of Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple Cider Vinegar comes with a myriad of health benefits, one of which is to provide relief from the Summer Cold. The Virus responsible for Summer Cold mostly thrives in acidic condition. The Apple Cider Vinger works by making the environment within the body alkaline which plays a pivotal role in destroying the disease-causing viruses.
How to use: Take a glass of water. To this add, add a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and some honey (optional) and mix well. Drink this concoction once or twice daily (for as long as the cold and the associated symptoms persist) for maximum benefits.
The ginger magic
The utility of ginger (scientific name: Zingiber officinale) in treating a host of health problems and disorders including a cold comes from its antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties. The ginger tea freshly prepared at home work wonders to provide relief from the nasal irritation and inflammation triggered by a Summer Cold.
How to use: Take a cup of water in a saucepan and bring it to boil. To this boiling hot water, add few pieces of chopped ginger. Wait for a few minutes before you strain the water into a cup. Add 1/2-1 teaspoon of organic honey to it. For fruitful results, drink this ginger tea twice or thrice daily.
Like ginger, turmeric (Scientific name: Curcuma longa) is also a wonder spice known for its therapeutic properties (such as anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antibacterial, antioxidant, analgesic properties, to name a few). If a Summer Cold or a sore throat has been giving you sleepless nights, all you need is to gargle with turmeric water in every 4-5 hours.
How to use: The preparation of turmeric water is simple and hassle-free. All you need is a cup of hot water (avoid using piping hot water). To this add a teaspoon each of turmeric powder and salt. Mix the concoction well.
Not only does garlic (Scientific name: Allium sativum) acts as a taste enhancer, it also plays a significant role in curing a plethora of medical conditions. In fact, the antimicrobial properties of garlic are what makes it so effective against Summer Cold.
How to use: In a blender, add a garlic clove, honey (1 teaspoon), chilli powder (1/2 a teaspoon) and lemon juice (2 teaspoons) and blend into a fine mixture. Drink this garlic mixture daily (until the cold and the associated symptoms and discomfort persists) and enjoy the summer to the hilt.
The effectiveness of ginger and turmeric in dealing with a Summer Cold (works as a great decongestant) is known to all and sundry.
How to use: To a glass of warm boiled milk, add 1/2 a teaspoon each of turmeric and ginger powder and mix well. Drink this wonder milk twice daily and watch the magic unfold.
Steam inhalation using essential oil
Laden with antiviral properties, the essential oils (such as Eucalyptus oil, Tea Tree oil, Cyprus oil, Thyme oil, to name a few) are indeed a blessing when it comes to treating a cold.
How to use: Add a few drops of any of the above mentioned essential oil to a bowl/ kettle of hot water. Keeping your head and neck covered with a towel, inhale the steam for at least 5-7 minutes. Repeat the steam inhalation twice daily for a soothing effect.