As with any cool, seasonal change, Autumn will most likely bring with it an influx of the dreaded common cold. Before you turn to the chemist for that arsenal of medical products for you and your family, give some of the tried-and-true, natural remedies a go before things get serious.
Once a cold has set in and you or your children are desperate for relief, modern medicine always provide the answer, but if you’re just feeling a little run down, or are experiencing mild, early symptoms such as a scratchy throat, a natural approach could be all that you need to keep the bug at bay!
Vuly Trampolines' natural cold remedies – Fluids
When people are under the weather, they often don't drink as much water as is necessary. Fluids are an essential ingredient in the healing process; ensure that any sick family members are constantly sipping. Alongside plenty of water, green tea is a great antioxidant-rich option, as well as homemade honey and ginger tea, which is fantastic for reducing congestion. Consider electrolyte drinks if the family member is getting too dehydrated.
Vuly Trampolines' natural cold remedies – Steam
Feeling phlegmy and congested is one of the most frustrating symptoms of the common cold. If you’re struggling to rid phlegm in the chest and nose, steam can be a help to loosen it. Teamed with a few drops of eucalyptus oil, a large bowl of boiling water will create a sauna effect. Lean over the top and drape a tea towel over the patient’s head to prevent the steam from escaping.Tip: A few drops of eucalyptus oil in the shower can also create the same effect!
Vuly Trampolines' natural cold remedies – Gargle
Gargling a solution is an effective way to to assist in treating a sore throat—not only does gargling reduce the awful scratchy sensation, but it also helps rid the bacteria that is causing the illness in the first place. Combine a splash of apple cider vinegar with a teaspoon of salt in a small glass of water, mix it, and then gargle for about 30 seconds. Spit it out, and repeat until the glass is empty.
Vuly Trampolines' natural cold remedies – Vitamins
When the first signs of a cold set in, one of the best natural treatment options is to dose up on Vitamin C. The body naturally rids leftover Vitamin C that it can’t use; as long as you follow the instructions on the Vitamin tablets, you can go nuts! Load up as much as you can over the first few days before the onset of the cold to boost your immune system and shorten the cold’s duration. Plus, there are lots of chewable tablets on the market, which are perfect for kids.
Vuly Trampolines' natural cold remedies – Rest
It seems simple, but many people don’t realise just how vital rest is for recovery. Resting early on during your cold will ensure that your body can fight back against the virus, rather than dealing with secondary bacterial infections that can develop down the track. Give yourself and your kids the best chance of a speedy recovery by getting plenty of sleep and down-time in those first few critical days.
Which natural remedies do you and your family swear by in treating the common cold before it gets too bad? We’d love to hear of any recipes that have been passed down through your family!