Sore Throat No More! 10 Sure-Fire Herbal Cold Cures That Work Fast
Cold season is upon us and so are its misery-inducing symptoms. When struck with a common cold, many people fall prey to a runny drippy nose, a sore throat that makes it difficult to even talk, and painful sinus blockages. While running to the doctor or nearest drugstore for meds may help, many believe your first line of defense for the common cold can be found in your local supermarket or vitamin store.
Age old herbal remedies for the common cold have been used by a number of cultures for centuries, but are they effective? Will they make your sore throat go away? While many experts say nothing can cure a common cold, they agree that there are some remedies that might help ease your symptoms and keep you from feeling so miserable.
Here’s a look at 10 common natural cold remedies and how to use them to fight the inevitable, miserable, won’t-go-away-cold.
Sure it’s great for spicing up your favorite foods, but cayenne pepper is also a great way to clear nasal congestion and respiratory passages. According to research, the Capsaicin (the thing that makes peppers hot) inhibits substance P, which revs up inflammation in your body. A small 1994 study at Johns Hopkins University found that capsaicin sprayed in the nostrils of eight people with chronic runny or stuffed noses significantly increased glandular secretions in the nose, thinning mucous. Mix a tablespoon of honey and 1/2 tea spoon of dry cayenne pepper powder to your hot tea and sip slowly.