Health tips
Health Tips - Cold
There is an old saying in our village about Cold. Common Cold will be relieved with in one week if treated, and if not treated with in seven days.!

No medicine is needed for common cold because a virus that cannot be treated completely causes it. The virus has to be destroyed by the body’s own defense system. Colds are common in young children, and five or six colds a year are quite common. Babies under 6 months of age are less likely to catch colds because of the antibodies they receive from their mothers, especially if they are breastfed.

But a cold usually associated with nose block and can make breathing difficulty during breast-feeding. Nose drops will help to clear the nasal passage and provide significant relief to the child.

Nose drops can be prepared at home. Take a cup of water and add ½ teaspoon of salt, boil it and cool. Make a fresh solution every few days keeping it in refrigerator. Use a clean dropper to instill 1 to 2 drops in each nostril about 3 to 4 times daily for common cold. Do not use medicated nasal drops without physician's advice as excessive use will cause chemical rhinitis with rebound block.

Steam inhalations will help to relieve the congestion of the nasal tissues.

Congestion of the nasal passage is usually the first sign of a cold. The patient may have frequent sneezing and a severe headache and a watery discharge from the nose and also nose block. The eyes may be red and irritated. Slight temperature rise preceded by chilly feelings and followed by sore throat, Hoarseness and cough.

There are many home remedies, which relieves the disturbances of the Cold.
A thin broth of tamarind pulp and pepper, boiled, strained and drunk hot, helps relieve colds, coughs and clear nasal blockage.
Grind 10 numbers Pepper balls and mix well with one table spoon of Honey. Paste a droop of mixture on tongue several times
Garlic juice made by adding few drops of garlic oil to a teaspoonful of onion juice and diluting it in a cup of water is helpful for common cold.
Ginger tea or a teaspoonful of ginger juice taken with equal quantity of honey brings relief from common cold.
Crack 20 numbers Pepper balls and boil in 2 cups water. Add 1 tea spoon (level) of coffee powder or tea dust and 20 gms of Jaggery. Drink ½ cup, 3-4 times per day.
Eat 5 to 6 raw cloves of garlic a day during the cold and 1 to 2 cloves a couple of weeks after the cold. It builds your imune system. You could chop them up an put them in a salad if you can't take them whole. Above all do not cook them. This removes all the essential qualities it the garlic.
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