common cold home remedies

What are the common cold home remedies? 

What are the common cold home remedies?

Common cold can be annoying and causes discomfort for both kids and adults. Natural home remedies are best in getting quick relief from the common cold and its related symptoms. All-natural remedies are those that are available instantaneously in your kitchen and home. They do not have any side effects, and some treatments are even nutritional to the body.

common cold home remedies
common cold home remedies
  1. Runny Nose? If you feel runny nose for long then you need to read this.
  2. Stuffy nose? If yes, then the home remedies below will clear your stuffy nose.
  3. Cold? Cold and flu?
  4. Feeling nose and throat closed?

How many glasses of water should you drink per day?

Plain water is an effective natural home remedy for a common cold than other high-calorie drinks.

Regular healthy person water intake will be

1-5 years 3-5 glasses or 1-1.5 litre

5 to 10 years 5-7 glasses or 1.5- 2 litre

13 years and older 10-15 glasses or 2-2.5 litre

So, when there is a common cold symptom, water consumption should be a minimum of this quantity and even better when there is more water intake during the common cold. Care should be taken not to drink too much water, which can cause hyponatremia, a condition characterized by low salt in the blood.

2. Take plenty of rest

The cold common makes the body tired and loses its usual appetite. Plenty of rest will help the body increase immunity and help the body fight germs. Although when you have a cold common, it is difficult to sleep with nose congestion, cough and sore throat. 8 -10 hours of sleep and even more naptime is also good for the body to recover quickly. When the body rests the energy saved by the immune system to fight cold infection.

3.Elevated your head with extra pillows

Common cold can worsen when lying on the back. You can try raising your head by stacking few extra pillows below your head. When you lay flat on the back, there will be nasal drainage that will clog nostril, making breathing difficult and disturbed sleep. Elevated head with pillows helps in smooth nasal flow and less nasal congestion.

4. Using humidifiers eases cold common symptoms

Humidifiers increase humidity or moisture level by emitting water as mist or steam indoor air. Humidifiers help prevent mucus from getting dried up and prevents clogging of nasal passages. It also relieves congestion in the respiratory tract, making breathing easier. Humidifier keeps the irritated throat moist and helps to get relief from the pain associated with a sore throat. There are two types of humidifiers available, cold mist humidifier and warm mist humidifiers. Cold mist humidifier is used widely to relieve cold common and its related symptoms.

5.Steam inhalation for the cold virus

Steam inhalation for a cold virus is a home remedy followed for many over the years. It is inhaling the warm moist vapour, which helps in clearing nasal passages, reduces inflamed swollen blood vessels, clears sinus congestion, chest congestion and soothes an irritated throat.

6. How to do steam inhalation?

Boil water and pour into a full pot or pan. Cover your head with a towel or blanket while leaning over the steam coming out of the pan. Take care not to lean too close as it may cause burns on your face. This natural home remedy is practised over the years and effective in removing nasal and sinus congestion.

Taking a warm shower also loosens mucus and gives some relief from common cold symptoms.

7. Saltwater gargle relieves common cold symptoms

Saltwater gargle in mornings and before night helps to soothe a sore throat and other related symptoms of a common cold. A cup of warm water with a half teaspoon of salt stirred so that salt dissolves, and rinse. Saltwater gargle helps in killing germs in the throat and eases mucus congestion in the throat and sinus. Saltwater decreases inflammation in the throat and helps in quick recovery for a cold and irritated throat.

8.Using saltwater rinse or Neti pot for cold

Neti pot filled with salt water helps to rinse congested nasal and sinus passages. It is a natural home remedy for cold. Neti pot is available in most pharmacies. They are cleaned well before use and filled with salt water mixture. Saltwater mixture is squirted through one nostril while blocking another nostril with a finger. When snout is full, it is let to drain down. Wash Neti pot thoroughly and store it dry.

9. Blowing nose relieves the symptom of a common cold

The blowing nose helps the common cold by clearing mucus in nasal passages and breathing easier. Clear nasal passages aid body to wash germs away as running nose. Blowing nose hard can sometimes cause nose bleeding by injuring blood vessels and pain in your ears.

10.Saline water or saltwater to clear nasal passages

There are many natural home remedies, but using saline water in kids is a much easier way to make clogged nasal passages and sinus congestion. Saline water is available at pharmacies as saline water for cold or saline spray. We can make saline water at home by mixing ½ teaspoon of non-iodized salt in 1 cup distilled or boiled lukewarm water. Iodized salt will irritate the nasal passages, so always use non-iodized salt. The saline water prepared is the same as body fluids called isotonic solution.

11.Food that eases common cold

Finding foodstuff from the kitchen cabinet and incorporating it into your diet will assist cold relief and its related symptoms. These foods are amazing natural home remedies that are available instantaneously.

Garlic and Ginger

It is the most common ingredient used in natural home remedies. The best way is to add ginger garlic paste in chicken soup or vegetable clear soup. Garlic and ginger increase body immunity to fight against germs. They both have antibacterial, antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties.


Honey has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties. Taking a teaspoon of honey helps to soothe the throat and suppresses a cough. The honey is the best natural home remedy for the common cold, especially for kids. Most natural home remedies for cold will include honey as a natural sweetener replacing sugar because of its amazing healing properties.


Turmeric has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory activity. It is a natural home remedy and healer not only for cold but also for other infections too. The compound curcumin is a unique property to heal disease and increase immunity. It unclogs nostrils and clearing the upper respiratory tract for more natural breathing. Its anti-inflammatory property reduces cough and cold symptoms. Mix turmeric with warm milk called golden milk, and this is an excellent natural home remedy for a common cold.


Cinnamon is also a food fix and used in most natural home remedies for a common cold. It also has an anti-inflammatory property to reduce coughing and relieves chest congestion. Mix 1 teaspoon powdered cinnamon in 100 ml warm water and 250 ml of honey and homemade cough syrup is ready. Store this cough syrup in room temperature and a dry place. This natural homemade remedy forms a coating in the respiratory tract suppressing cough and soothing irritated throat.


Saffron also has an anti-inflammatory property and helps in cold and its related symptoms. Add saffron to warm milk with a pinch of turmeric can assist in relieving congestion and decreases the duration of infection.


All-natural home remedies may include this spice for the common cold. But Back pepper is more effective in unclogging nasal passages and clears up the respiratory tract.1-1/2 teaspoon pepper powder mixed in warm milk or soup is a fantastic food fix for a common cold.

Jeera or Cumin

Jeera or cumin also has antimicrobial activity and activates the immune system to fight to invade common cold germs. Boil jeera seeds in water and cool it to room temperature before drinking. They also aid in digestion and when tummy feels upset because of inflammation in the gastrointestinal and urinary tract due to viral infection.

12.Fruits that relieve common cold

All fruits are nutritious, but those rich in Vitamin C is a great choice. Vitamin C increases the body immunity and aids in curing a common cold. They include oranges, strawberries, kale, guavas, tomato, broccoli and papaya. They are found to decrease the duration of common cold symptoms and their severity.

Zinc sources will reduce the length of the infection and its severity. Food fixes rich in zinc are nuts, tofu, mushroom, lentils and yoghurt. Non-vegetarian sources are chicken and marine food like crab and lobster.

Important Natural home remedies

1.Keeping the body hydrated with fluid intake

  1. The best natural remedy is keeping yourself hydrated throughout the day.
  2. Drinking more water will help in keeping your nostrils moist without clogging.
  3. Water helps in washing away the germs and quick relief from cold and its related symptoms.
  4. Drinking plain water helps in increasing the amount of water content in the body lost due to running nose and coughing.
  5. Water also helps to loosen mucus, congestion and helps to soothe a sore throat.
  6. Water increases moisture in the respiratory tract and throat.

You know water is an ‘elixir of life,’ yes sure it is organic and a natural home remedy for all symptoms related to colds like cough, throat irritation, mild fever and running nose.

Other fluids which are excellent natural home remedies

  1. Lemon water with honey
  2. Green herbal tea
  3. Ginger and lemon tea
  4. Warm, clear soup ( vegetable or chicken soup)
  5. Orange or apple juice
  6. A spoon of honey to soothe the irritated throat
  7. Beetroot juice

The clear chicken soup is a better choice next to the water. Chicken soup helps in loosening your mucus, which is very important when you have a cold. Another good reason to drink chicken soup is its high sodium content makes the body to intake more water. It also increases body immunity by activating all immune cells to fight germs, causing the common cold.

Which fluids make Common cold severe?

  1. Avoid consumption of very cold fluids for Common cold.
  2. Try to drink fluids that are room temperature or warm.
  3. Limit the consumption of diary-like milk and yogurt because they are said to increase congestion.
  4. Avoid consuming alcohol and caffeine-containing drinks like soda and coffee.
  5. Avoid consuming drinks with too much high fructose sugar because sugars decrease body immunity and increase congestion and cough.

 What should I do if my kid catches a cold?

Here are simple natural home remedies for a common cold in kids

Most of the home remedies for little kids are those that have passed on too to us over generations. These home remedies are effective and without any side effects. They are prepared with ingredients instantaneously from your kitchen pantry.

 1.Golden milk

Golden milk has antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory properties and boosts the immune system. Milk has a nutritional feature to increase bone strength and a healthy gut. The main ingredient to make golden milk is turmeric. The Turmeric has component curcumin, which is anti-cancerous and proven antiseptic. Also called as manjalmilakkupaal in Tamil and haldidhoodh in Hindi. It is a traditional recipe for respiratory disorders. It is

How to make golden milk?


  1. 120 ml lukewarm milk
  2. ½ to 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  3. One teaspoon of honey or maple syrup an alternative for sugar
  4. A pinch of ground pepper
  5. ½ teaspoon cinnamon powder(optional)
  6. ½ inch of grated or crushed ginger(optional)
  7. A pinch of saffron(optional)

Preparation time: 5 minutes


  1. Heat the milk to boil in a pan
  2. Add all the ingredients to the boiling milk(except honey)
  3. Let the milk boil on simmer for 1-2 minutes
  4. Strain the milk into cups and add honey
  5. Let golden milk cool to room temperature and serve

About the Author:

Menaka Bharathi –

Menaka Bharathi is a Mindful Parenting Consultant and an Organic food Producer. She markets Indian Superfoods through SIM Organics which have taken in small quantities would to maintain the health of the family and boost resistance against diseases.

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