5 Ways to Send Your Cold Packing

Modern science has yet to provide us with a cure for the common cold, but they’ve come out with a thousand medications to help relieve the symptoms. Unfortunately, these medications come at a cost. Drowsiness, hyperactivity, and even addiction are some of the side effects you can expect from these OTC remedies.

Furthermore, what will you do if you come down with a nasty cold and there are no pharmacies in sight? Don’t bother stocking up on hundreds of boxes of OTC cold remedies. There are natural home remedies you can use instead. They won’t cure what ails you, but then, neither will anything you get from Walgreens.

A Little Heat for Your Cold
What could make more sense than driving away your cold with the power of heat? If you’re the kind of person who shies away from spicy food, this might be a good chance to give it a try. A little cayenne pepper should do the trick. Add some hot spices to your next meal, and you might find it’s just the thing you need to clear up those sinus passageways and get you feeling like a human being again.

It’s All in How You Sleep
If you’ve ever had a nasty cold, you know that you don’t want to do anything but sleep it off. Unfortunately, sleep can be among the most aggravating parts of a cold. You turn this way and that, trying to breathe, but it’s to no avail. Instead, you wind up lying on your pillow, wondering why the world’s forces are against you.

Rather than endure this hell next time, try propping up your pillow so you’re not working against gravity. If you find it difficult to keep your pillow folded up, add a second one to the mix for the proper amount of elevation.

Try Gargling
A cold is often accompanied by a sore throat. And if it gets bad enough, a sore throat can be even worse than that foggy headedness that has come to define the cold itself. There are any number of things you can gargle to relieve yourself of that pain. A little salt mixed in with warm water is the simplest remedy, but you can also try tea and honey.

Humidify Your Home
For a long time, it was thought that you could actually catch a cold just from being outside in the cold. We now know this is just a myth, but why is it that everyone seems to get sick in the winter months? One reason is that there’s less humidity. Not only is the humidity lower outside, but if you run your heater, it is probably much lower in your home as well. The flu virus thrives in arid conditions, so consider adding a humidifier to your home when it’s cold enough to turn the heat on.

The Boiling Water Tent
A nice hot cloud of steam can help you unclog those stuffed airways. To create this home remedy, boil a pot of water. When the water is ready to go, remove it from the stove, tuck your head up underneath a towel, and create a small tent under which both you and the pot can fit. For the next thirty seconds, lean over the water and breathe through your nose. If you’re not getting the desired results, try adding a couple of drops of peppermint oil to the water.