The common cold is caused by any one of 200 different viruses. When infection occurs , the walls of the respiratory tract swell and produce excess mucus, giving rise to the typical cold symptoms.
Symptoms range from sore throat, running nose, nasal congestion, watery eyes to hacking cough, headache, and fever. Most colds run their course in about 7-10 days. Recurrent colds (almost constantly suffering) may indicate a lowered immune system, too much stress and not enough sleep.
No treatment of colds would be complete without Garlic and Ginger.
Garlic has a distinctive taste and smell and it was very highly thought of by the ancient Egyptians, who ensured that the slaves building the Great Pyramids at Cheops were given a daily supply.
The Romans also acknowledged garlic’s strengthening powers and fed it to their soldiers before battle. Garlic has anti-bacterial properties that help the immune system to fight infection, it is also an excellent boost to the immune system.
The reason for this is garlic contains several helpful compounds, including allicin, one of the plant kingdom’s most potent antibiotics. Garlic combines well with echinacea and together make a strong fighting force against infections.
Onion is a close relative of Garlic and has similar properties, containing similar antiviral chemicals. Use onions and leeks in your cooking when you have a cold or are around people who do.
Ginger is another of natures’ antiviral herbs. It contains nearly a dozen antiviralcompounds. Ginger is a pain reliever, antiseptic and antioxidant. It is valuable for preventing and treating colds, sore throats and inflammation of mucus membranes.
Ginger reduces pain and fever and has a mild sedative effect that will encourage rest. And it is tasty! (with no lingering odours!) Drink a tea, or soak fresh ginger in hot water, take as a tincture and include it in your food.
Getting adequate sleep and taking vitamin C supplements can prevent colds and flu bugs. If one prefers to get their vitamin C from more natural sources stick to fruits such as oranges and lemons. Vitamin C is very good for the relief of cold symptoms and to help the body fight infection. The best source of vitamins is always fresh fuit and vegetables. Citrus fruit is especially high in vitamin C. Combine orange, pineapple, seedless grapes, lots of fresh ginger, banana, pink grapefruit, cantaloupe in a blender. Add orange juice if more liquid is needed. This not only makes a delicious drink, but it helps to fights that cold.