It’s cold and flu season, and many of us are battling low-level sickness while trying to carry on with our regular lives. When a long, uninterrupted nap isn’t possible, fortunately there are a number of effective natural remedies to help ease the discomfort and speed a nasty cold on its way.
1. Oil of Oregano
It tastes vile (hence the nickname “urine of Satan”), but it works. Put 3-4 drops under your tongue, followed by a glass of water to dilute the taste. When added to a diffuser or vaporizer, it can reduce nasal congestion. Oil of oregano is best taken consistently to build up resistance and reduce symptoms; spread dosages throughout the day until you’re better.
Reports are mixed about the efficacy of Echinacea. Some studies say it stimulates and supports the immune system, but it seems to do best at modestly reducing cold symptoms that are already present, rather than preventing colds. If you’re skeptical about the tincture, then opt for pots of Echinacea tea, as the hot liquid will hydrate and clear up congestion.
3. Salt-water nasal spray or rinse
Salt-water helps to reduce nasal congestion while removing virus particles and bacteria. Buy a premade spray or mix the following solution: ¼ tsp salt and ¼ tsp baking soda in 8 oz. boiled, filtered, or distilled warm water. Fill a bulb syringe or a Neti pot and squirt into one nostril while plugging the other. Let it drain and repeat before rinsing the other nostril.
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