Natural Remedies to Stop Cold Symptoms

Written by Dr. Veena Madhankumar and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team


Cold has been plaguing humankind since its existence. Though the symptoms of cold are minor, they can still make you feel miserable. Unfortunately, even in these advanced times, there is no cure or vaccine for a cold. And thanks to the pandemic, any sign of cold or upper respiratory tract infection automatically becomes a reason to panic. So, here are some tips you can follow to ease these irritating symptoms and set up an early recovery path.



1) Ginger


Ginger has been touted for centuries for its potential benefits. It has antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-viral properties and also has excellent antioxidant properties. In addition, this medicinal root soothes a cough and sore throat. You can add a few slices of crushed ginger in boiling water and drink for its soothing effects.

2) Honey


Honey has antibacterial and antimicrobial properties and is considered the best cough suppressant. Having honey can ease your sore throat or throat pain. You can add honey in plain water and drink or add it in tea with lemon.


3) Garlic


Garlic has antimicrobial properties, which help to lower the severity of the symptoms of a cold. Though studies are going on the potential benefits of garlic in fighting colds, you can still add garlic to your diet as it has no side effects. For example, you can add garlic to your curries and bread.

4) Gut Health


Gut health and immunity are interlinked as 50% of the immune system is found in the gut. Fiber and polyphenols are good to help improve your internal systems and to stay healthy. Maintaining gut health helps to build your body’s immune system and ongoing resistance. So strengthen your immune system by adding nuts, whole grains, and fresh fruits and vegetables to your diet.

5) Salt Water Gargle


Gargling with lukewarm salt water can prevent upper respiratory tract infections. It also helps to lower the severity of cold symptoms and helps to ease throat pain. It reduces and loosens mucus that contains bacteria and other allergens. You can add salt to a glass of water and gargle two times a day.

6) Steam Inhalation


Steam inhalation is one of the common and widely used remedies to soothe and open the nasal passages, which helps relieve the symptoms of a cold. Take boiling water in a vessel, drape a towel over the back of the head, lower your head, inhale slowly and deeply through your nose. Do not steam for more than 15 minutes.

Keep yourself hydrated as it is vital to flush out the cold, break down congestion, and keep your throat lubricated. Try to avoid sugar products as they can worsen the mucus.


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