Have a date tonight but you are down with the sniffles? Not all of us take the weather change well and can often catch an infection doing the rounds. And you don’t always want to be rushing for over-the-counter medication or make an appointment with your doctor. Here are a few simple home remedies for seasonal illnesses to keep the sniffles and cough away.
1. Citrus Fruits For Allergies
Vitamin C is almost like a shelter from seasonal allergies. Lemons and oranges are abundant in Vitamin C. A glass of fresh orange juice or lemon water a day will give your body the immunity to fight these allergies.
2. Steam Inhalation for Congestion
This is one of the most effective and oldest remedies to treat a congested chest and nose. Boil water in a vessel and inhale the steam while covering your head using a towel. Adding any kind of mentholated ointment or herbs to the water can add to the benefits. However, we suggest you do this before going to bed to make it more effective.
3. Mustard Oil And Figs For Asthma
Weather change is a catalyst for ailments like asthma. During winters, in case of an asthma attack, put 2 spoons of warm mustard oil in a bowl with camphor (kapur). Gently massage this mixture on the chest and upper back. To keep a check on asthma, you can also soak dried figs in a cup of water and eat them in the morning on an empty stomach.
4. Exercise For Joint Pain
Joint pains are a major issue during damp and cold weather. During these seasons, people generally stay indoors. This not only leads to physical inactivity but also reduces Vitamin D intake from sunlight. This can cause stiff and painful joints. These joint exercises will keep the pain at bay. Additionally, you can include food rich in vitamin D, like fish, eggs, milk, and dal in your diet.
5. Cardamom, Cinnamon And Saffron Tea For Congestion
Congestion can be a lot more painful than it seems initially. To cure this, you can prepare your own version of the Kashmiri Kahwa. Add cinnamon, cardamom and a few slices of almonds to a boiling pot of water. Add saffron in the end and let it brew. Add honey to sweeten it and drink hot.
6. Chamomile Tea for Sore Throat
Chamomile tea has soothing properties and is abundant with antioxidants, astringent and anti-inflammatory agents. It is good for a lot of problems including sore throats. Gargling with baking soda water, drinking ginger and honey tea can also be effective for a sore throat.
Bookmark these remedies, so the next time you feel under the weather, you know what to do.