7 Easy Home Remedies To Get Rid Of Cold Quickly

Simple home remedies can keep cold and flu at bay

Cold is one miserable disease that brings down your body and spirit but isn’t serious enough to deserve sympathy! There is nothing fun about falling sick with a cold. And if it happens to be the flu, the body pains, runny nose, and general malaise puts down even the toughest of people. Instead of wallowing in your own misery, try these simple remedies at home to beat the cold out of your body and get better quickly.

7 Simple Home Remedies To Treat Cold

1. Stay Hydrated

Drinking liquids constantly thins the mucus and treats cold

The culprit that makes your nose and throat miserable is the mucus. Mucus blocks and irritates the air passages. However, mucus is also how your body expels the harmful viruses. So, you’ve no option but to let it flow in order to get better! And this is why you need more liquids in your body.

Drinking enough water, soups, and other fluids when you have a cold relieves the symptoms of blockages and irritation by thinning out the mucus. So, the best thing you can do for your cold right now is to drink up, and we don’t mean alcohol.1


2. Get Enough Rest

Getting enough rest helps to heal your body quickly

You’re probably already doing this for sheer lack of options, but rest goes well beyond just sleeping in. You need to give the body time to heal, and being miserable while resting is not going to serve that purpose.


Accept the fact that you have a cold and that you’ll be better in a day or two. Turn off the lights, darken the room, order in if you have to, and relax with a light activity such as listening to music if you cannot sleep.

3. Gargle Frequently

Gargling the throat with salt water rids pathogens and treats a sore throat


A salt water gargle can effectively rid the throat of pathogens. It is scientifically proven to help with a sore throat and cold.2 Making this at home is fairly simple.Heat up some water, but don’t make it so hot that it burns your mouth. Add some salt to the water, until it begins to taste really salty.

Heat up some water, but don’t make it so hot that it burns your mouth. Add some salt to the water, until it begins to taste really salty. Simply gargle with this mixture and spit out. You can do this twice a day for quick relief.


4. Drink Warm Liquids

Drinking warm liquids will soothe both the nasal and the throat passages

Just drinking enough liquids might not be enough. Drinking warm liquids soothes the nasal passage with the vapor and the throat passages by forming a thin film on the infected area. Sipping warm liquids such as tea, soups, and decoctions can help relieve a cold faster. A herbal tea made of boiled echinacea extracts can also help.3 If you don’t have it, common herbs such as basil and mint can be used in your tea.


5. Use A Humidifier

Using a humidifier makes it easy to breathe during a cold

Young kids might not be able to do any of the above. So, use a humidifier. An increase in the air humidity allows the mucus to be expelled more easily. It also makes it easy for them to breathe during a cold.


But don’t limit this to kids as adults benefit from this too. If you have an air humidifier, now is a good time to turn it on. If the weather is cold, you can also use a vaporizer to achieve the same results. Be sure to use a medical-grade vaporizer and exercise caution not to burn yourself.4

6. Add Garlic To Dishes

Garlic has antiviral properties that will treat a cold quickly

Garlic has excellent antiviral properties. It is often used to treat the most persistent of conditions, such as a cold. Garlic can be included in foods in a variety of ways. Research has shown that people who regularly eat garlic do not cath cold too often.5

So, add a bit of garlic to soups or make a hummus dressing for your salad. You can also use garlic as a rub for roasts and pot pies.

7. Take Zinc Supplements

Zinc supplements improve your immunity and keep you from falling sick

If you never want to catch a cold, the best to do would be to take zinc supplements. Zinc plays a vital role in building your immunity and is recommended for children and adults who fall ill often.6 So, go ahead. Ask your doctor for a prescription.

These simple, but effective, remedies will keep you warm and healthy. Try a few or all of these remedies and let us know which worked out best for you.