Nature cure for common cold

India
November 7, 2007 12:30pm CST
I always remember a quote when it comes to cold: It gets cured in a week if you take medication or else it takes ONE week. So, mostly I dont take any serious medications for cold. But still I practice some natural practices for cold. What I used to do is that, I take the syrup of Tulsi, some four to five times a day. Other than that, there is one practice which is common in India. We boil some special leaves (for cold Vitex negundo) and we inhale the steam of that which will give you a immediate relief. Try it out!
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• United States
7 Nov 07
I tend to agree with crazy4mc, once you get a cold you pretty much have to let it run its course. I haven't had a cold in 10 or 15 years, which sort of bums me out because I really like taking herbal remedies. The only cough syrup I ever took were the ones with codeine (an opium derivative) in them, and when I was drinking them it wasn't because I had a cough... The last time I had a cold though I was under a whole lot of stress and getting a cold gave me a perfect excuse to lay around in bed and feel sorry for myself. I strongly believe that any physical ailments have their beginnings in the mind, therefore it seems that a good preventative would be to keep the mind in a healthy state. And I read somewhere that anytime healing is going on in the body that vitamin c is present... that vitamin c is like the foot soldiers that the body sends to the front lines to battle the intruder. So certainly a lot of vitamin c in any form (I take vitamin c powder) would help the cold to run its course more quickly. And of course lots of water is always beneficial. I wonder if the leaves you are talking about are similar to the Eucalyptus leaves that we use over here? Very good for opening the sinuses and clearing congestion in the lungs. But I have to say that as much as I love the smell of Eucalyptus, I especially love the way it's leaves sound blowing in the breeze. Like they're whispering secrets to you, and I miss the Eucalyptus tree that was outside my bedroom window when I lived in San Francisco like I would miss an old friend that I no longer get to visit with.
• United States
8 Nov 07
I have a juicer, that I paid a lot of money for too, and drink fresh juices regularly, but since my response was already so long, I left that out. I take vit c powder because I like lots of extra c! My favorite fast is called 'The Master Cleanser', which is fresh lemon juice in hot water with some maple syrup and a dash of cayenne. I'm sorry you don't appreciate the majesty of the Eucalyptus tree like I do! Although maybe it's good you don't or I might have had to fall in love with you, even though I sometimes wonder about your sense of humor as you always seem to miss my jokes!
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• India
9 Nov 07
Sorry.. I too appreciate the majesty of the Eucalyptus tree. We too have a tree at our home and I love that for the sweet scent I would be able to smell when there is a nice breeze. But, from the environment point of view, I am against our government which has gone for mass plantation of the Eucalyptus trees which has ended up in soil erosion. May be in your country you may not be able to see these type of problems. But, in a country like India, even if there are protests against such activities, it takes time for the government to respond and take some proper action. I shall put some photos when I get time for you to see the plantations in our area. You may wonder how it is. Hope you would love it..
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@Pose123 (21671)
• Canada
8 Nov 07
Hi jeyaprakash, I agree with you, there are many natural cures for the common cold, and most medication that you buy at a pharmacy, doesn't help at all. There is much folklore about natural cures from all over the world, and some of it works very well. Blessings.
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• India
8 Nov 07
Hi Pose, you are absolutely right. Some of the folk medicines really does wonders. But the bad fate is that, due to the modern health practices, these medicines are losing their significance. But still, there are few of these practices documented which we find very useful.
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@gupta123 (13)
8 Nov 07
dear it's nice work from your side
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@ssh123 (31104)
• India
7 Nov 07
You are right. There are many ayurvedic plants and siddhi medicines for curing cold and cough. In fact in our house (my wife is doctor's daughter), we do not use alopathic medicine, and always use the grandma prescriptions. Thanks for valuable information provided here.
14 Nov 07
One thing I do is, pour fresh boiled water out of the kettle into the bathroom sink (plugged up of course) get my Olbas oil, its a commercially sold product in most stores I think, its a inhalant decongestant. Shake 3 or 4 drops out of it into the boiling water, drape a towel over my head, and lean over the sink, breath in as much as possible, it will sting alot, you will really feel your sinus's opening up, the steam will go straight up really quick with the olbas oil in it, hard to prepare for it (quite unpleasant, really does sting a lot if your blocked up) but at the end of this half hour job, you should be breathing easier!
• India
14 Nov 07
It looks like a good way for clearing the congestion. Thanks for the recipe...
@myrrhyne (107)
• Philippines
9 Nov 07
Me too jeyaprakash84, i am not taking medicine if i have colds. I am thinking that, that might harm my kidney. And every time i tried to take medicine I vomit. I don't want to taste or to smell the odor of the medicine. I just drink Kalamansi juice, and drink more water. But what is that Vitex negundo? Is that really effective? or where we can find that leaves. I am here in the Philippines so maybe no one knows about that. I'll try to search in the internet. But for me Kalamansi one can be cure. :)
• United States
8 Nov 07
Thanks for the advice! My mother didn't believe in taking medications for mild cold symptoms, instead, she would toast fresh sliced garlic in a skillet and have us nibble a few with some green tea and this did seem to help. I haven't heard of syrup of Tulsi but natural remedies are something of interest to me and I will check it out.
• India
9 Nov 07
Garlic is known for its antimicrobial properties. That looks like a good medication. Tulsi is a plant common in India. In houses, we can even see a Tulsi plant planted at the centre of the home and people worship that. It is related with god and spirituality. In temples also that juice is provided for all the devotees who visit some goddess. It is known to purify the environment for a few meters around.
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• India
8 Nov 07
yes cold gets cured by itself if we wait for a week or else! if cold occured to me i try some like having inhaling the steam of jandubalm over hotwater! u can also try and know the resu;t!
• India
8 Nov 07
Yeah.. Like Eucalyptus those type of medicines with hot water also works well...
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@chunter (1761)
• Singapore
8 Nov 07
Vitamin C is definitely the one to go since it increases the body resistance to cold and others. Also, try to find the slow-release Vitamin C. Those capsules are usually bigger and they are not meant for sucking. These are much more effective than drinking juices or powdered forms.
• India
8 Nov 07
It may be easy to have a capsule handy and taking whenever possible. But still I prefer to take it in the form of fruits if available.
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@xcellen (204)
• Indonesia
8 Nov 07
wow interesting topic you got here jeyaprakash84, well I don't know much about natural medicine to cure cold, but I agree with most of the reply eat a lot of vitamin C, as C vitamin would balance the distributed nutrition in your body, well thats what I've heard, please correct me if I'm wrong.. oh yeah,, and get lots of rest too.. sleep tight with blanket and drink hot tea or milk/chocolate milk.. guarantee fast heal for common cold, cheers :)
@ayou82 (3460)
• Philippines
8 Nov 07
The Natural remedy i have for that is the lemon ..I really need lemons and a bit of sugar or honey I feel better. And lots lots tons and toins of water and more more zzzzzssss!
• United States
8 Nov 07
You all right. The natural cure of common cold is Vitamin C. But you have to take those pills regulary to keep your immune system active and against those bugs! You can also try to drink lot of orange juise such as Florida or sunny D. But my kids take Dimetop to relief those bugs attack once any time they catch a cold.