Cold symptoms can be severe enough to keep you in bed all day. Common symptoms you may experience are congestion, headaches, a sore throat, coughing, a runny nose, and a fever. Three natural ways you can find relief from cold symptoms are essential oils, saunas, and herbal tea.
According to the American Sinus Institute, essential oils can help relieve congestion and soothe you to sleep if your cold is keeping you awake. Lavender, bergamot, chamomile, and sandalwood essential oils assist in relaxing your body to fall asleep easier. Peppermint oil is good for congestion because it has menthol, an ingredient used in topical rubs and cough drops. Some people have found that rubbing peppermint oil on their temples helps relieve headaches. Eucalyptus oil can also fight off viruses and bacteria.
Some research suggests that saunas can help alleviate cold symptoms. How does raising body temperature ease a cold? Some researchers think it’s because the sauna’s extremely high temperature weakens viruses and bacteria that cause colds and flu. Others think it’s because the sauna improves drainage. Be aware of how to use saunas safely before trying one. According to Great Bay Spa & Sauna, fighting a cold and using a sauna both require extra hydration, so it’s critical to monitor your water intake when using it to combat symptoms. Drink a lot of water when you use a sauna, especially if you have a cold. Those who have heart or circulatory problems should avoid saunas because they can be dangerous.
Drinking hot herbal tea can soothe a sore throat and congestion. Many people find it comforting to drink a warm cup of herbal tea too. What types of herbal tea should you drink to relieve cold symptoms? The Herbal Allergy Relief Tea can boost your immune system’s activity to kill viruses and bacteria, according to American Ayurveda. It’s also rich in antioxidants. Green tea, another herbal tea high in antioxidants, can alleviate cold symptoms too. Some people claim that green tea boosts your energy, so if you’re suffering from fatigue, green tea may be the right choice. Lemon tea is another good choice in herbal teas for relieving cold symptoms because it has vitamin C, which helps your body fight off the cold. According to anecdotal accounts, lemon tea soothes a sore throat too.
These three natural ways to alleviate cold symptoms are good to use when you’re still feeling under the weather after taking medicine and even if you haven’t taken medicine. Some people report that one or more of these natural remedies alleviated their cold symptoms well enough that they didn’t need over-the-counter medicine.
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