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Get rid of COLD AND FLU

Home Remedies By Chanchal Sengar , Onlymyhealth editorial team / Jan 20, 2013
Get rid of COLD AND FLU

It is very common to get caught with cold and cough with seasonal changes. Here are some easy and effective home remedies to ease the complications and get rid of flu quickly.

Cold and flu are very common during seasonal changes. You never know when you might get a flu attack and make you ill. The arrival of winter and spring season marks the entry of these seasonal cold and flu. Uncontrollable sneezes. runny nose, headache, fever, chest congestion, difficulty breathing are some of the early signs of cold and flu. While medicines would work, it is not wise to rely on them as these only work to ease the problem and not treat it from the roots.

If you want to get rid of these issues once and for all, try and trust only herbal remedies. Here are a few tips and tricks that we have for you to relieve these symptoms.

Ginger-Cinnamon-Lemongrass Drink

Steam 1 teaspoon of this formula for about 10 minutes in 1 cup of hot water; strain it and add honey for sweetness if you like.

Ginger-Cardamon-Cinnamon Tea

Mix 2 parts of ginger to 3 parts of cinnamon in a cup of hot water for 10 to 15 minutes. Add a pinch of cardamom powder to this solution. When the tea has cooled down somewhat, you can add about ½ to 1 teaspoon of honey for taste.

Try breathing exercises

Use the 'Breath of Fire' breathing exercises to help burn up your cold. Inhale normally and passively, but exhale forcefully, and repeat rapidly several times. 

Anulom Vilom Pranayam

  • One of the simplest breathing practices, and one that is very effective, is Anuloma Viloma Pranayama
  • Sit comfortably on the floor in across legged posture, keeping the spine straight, fingers and body position.  
  • Close the right nostril with your right thumb, and inhale through the left nostril. Inhale into the belly, not into the chest.
  • After inhaling, hold your breath for just a moment.
  • Exhale through your right nostril while closing the left with ring and little finger of your right hand.

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Do only mild exercises 

Ayurveda says that when you have a cold, it is best not to do vigorous exercise. Rather try some mild exercises like:

Forward stretch

Sit with your legs straight in front of you and raise your arms above your head, palms facing forward. Stretch your body up from the bottom of the spine. Inhale, and bend forward as you exhale, reaching toward your toes. Bend from the hips, keeping your back as straight as you can. Each time you exhale, relax a little further. Pull in your abdomen and feel the stretch in your arms hamstrings. Breathing is very important for your mind and body.

Half Shoulderstand

Lie on your back and raise your legs as you inhale, bending your knees if necessary. Exhaling, bring your legs farther back so your hips come off the floor. Support your hips with your hands, resting your weight on your arms, shoulders, and elbows. Inhaling, lift your legs up to the vertical position, but let your trunk remain at an angle of 450. If the strain on your hands is too great, lower your legs toward your head. Hold, breathing normally, then bend your legs, release your arms, and roll out of the pose as you exhale. 

Plough

Start as you did for the Half Shoulderstand but instead of raising your legs to the vertical, stretch back and try to touch the ground behind you with your feet. You can also go direct from the Shoulderstand into the Plough by lowering your legs while supporting your waist with your hands. Release your arms as you do this. So they are stretched out flat, or fold them around your head. Hold, then roll out of the pose.

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Drinking hot water 

Drinking hot water several times a day is an effective way to remove toxins from the system and hasten recovery from a cold. 

Don't consume dairy Products

Strictly avoid dairy products such as yogurt, cottage cheese, and milk.

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