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Lou Gehrig was living the dream playing the game he was most passionate about whALSen things suddenly turned bleak. Gehrig was breaking Major League Baseball records as a New York Yankee when he was afflicted with a disease that would later be named after him. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or Lou Gehrig’s disease is a rare medical condition that affects the central nerve cells found in the brain and along the spine. The nerve cells degenerate leading to death of the cells themselves. When this occurs, muscle movement is affected and later on, as the disease progresses, the body is paralyzed. In Gehrig’s case, as well as with many others after him, the disease eventually led to his demise. Scientists believe the reason behind ALS is a lack of nutrients or improper nourishment received by the muscles. Toxins in the environment such as pesticides, lead and mercury are also believed to have a hand behind ALS.

The symptoms of Lou Gehrig’s disease, as complicated as it seems, can be treated naturally and it doesn’t take a bucket filled with ice cold water to do so (though the stunt is paving the way for more people to become aware of the disease). However, it is widely accepted that ALS is an irreversible disease. These natural remedies may help slow down the worsening of the symptoms and provide relief.

Since ALS is caused by a lack of nutrients. Loading up on vitamins will do well to treat and prevent the disease. Vitamin B is needed to enhance the body’s level of energy while also allowing the nerves and muscles to function properly. Vitamin C helps in increasing the body’s immunity and aids in detoxification while also strengthening the body’s connective tissues. Vitamin E is essential for proper nerve and muscle function, as well. Calcium and magnesium almost always go hand in hand. The consumption of the correct ratio (1:2) of these two minerals is an effective way to fight off the effects of excessive mercury and aluminum in the body.

Herbal medicine may also be employed to fight off ALS. Herbs that are used to treat sclerosis may also work for ALS sufferers. Such herbs include butcher’s broom, cayenne, cinnamon, ginger, and periwinkle. Cinnamon also functions as a nerve repairman. To flush out the toxins, the best herbs to take are dandelion root, milk thistle and turmeric. Other herbs that repairs and strengthens the nerves are blue vervain, chamomile, lady’s slipper, passion flower, and valerian root.ALS Acupuncture

The ancient Chinese practice of acupuncture is another alternative and natural way to remedy ALS. Special needles are poked in specific areas on the body to treat specific medical issues. With ALS, acupuncture is done to improve the nervous system by enhancing microcirculation to the spine. You may need to go to an expert practitioner of this practice or to hire one to perform the procedure in your home.

Therapy is almost always needed once you are stricken with this disease. A physical therapist will guide you through different physical activities that will help you maintain some control over your muscles particularly those that helps you walk and move around. These exercises will also help alleviate any pain you might feel. An occupational therapist, meanwhile, focuses on your motor skills including hand and arm movements. The ability to talk may also be affected by ALS which makes a speech therapist another necessity.

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Home Remedies to Deal with Pain

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Pain is very much a part of life like, say, breathing. Since our first glimpse of the world outsipainde our mother’s wombs, we have been subjected to pain. Of course, we do not remember it but we felt pain during our birth. In fact, the practice of slapping a newborn’s behind to see if he or she is healthy revolves around pain. As we grow older, we experience physical pain in different levels. We stumble and scrape or bruise our knees. We bump our heads and get a lump. We engage in rigorous physical activities and our muscles get sore. Since physical pain is as normal as it gets, pharmaceutical companies have taken advantage of this fact and produced different medications that help relieve pain. But we don’t have to rely on these chemical or synthetic drugs. Nature has its way of helping us in every way and this includes treating our aches and pains.

Pain treatment is not and should not be about buying ibuprofen and other pain relievers over the counter. There are home remedies that can free yourself of pain naturally. Here are a few of them:

1. Heat Therapy
heat or ice therapyApplying heat on the affected area is a time-tested practice. Heat increases oxygen flow to the painful area in your body. It also prevents or at least hinders the pain signals from reaching the brain. There are a number of ways you can use heat for pain treatment. The simplest way is to take a hot bath. Soak in a tub filled with warm or hot water. Of course, you need to be a bit cautious with the temperature of the water if you don’t want to get scalded or burned. If you just want to focus the treatment on the painful area, you can just soak that part. If you have a sprain, for example, you can just soak your foot in hot water. You can also use a hot water bottle or heated gel pads.

2. Cold Compress
For pain caused by swelling or inflammation, the common remedy is to apply cold compress. Like heat, cold temperature suppresses the signals to the brain making it an effective pain treatment. Simply wrap some ice in a clean towel and apply it on the painful area.

3. Herbal Remedies
Herbal medicines are gradually making their way to our consciousness as more and more people are realizing the effectiveness of such remedies and the hidden dangers of most synthetic drugs. For something as simple as pain treatment, going natural is the natural thing to do. Herbs such as turmeric, ginger, and devil’s claw are known pain relievers. Turmeric contains curcumin which is believed to be the reason why it is useful against inflammation. This is why turmeric is a popular remedy for arthritis. Ginger treats joint and muscle pain thanks to the phytochemicals in them. Devil’s claw, meanwhile, may also be used for back pain and arthritis.

4. Vitamin DPain-Management
In the medical field, it is believed that vitamin D is related to a decrease in the levels of pain, especially in those who suffer chronic pain. This is because calcium is absorbed better with the help of vitamin D. If you are experiencing pain like that which is caused by osteoarthritis, get out in the morning to get a dose of vitamin D from the sun. In fact, stay outdoors for at least ten minutes each morning to fully benefit from the sun and help your body manage pain.
Those who practice meditation will attest to the positive effects especially when it comes to physical wellness. Of course, when you meditate, you attain inner peace which is great if you are burdened with so many problems. But some still don’t realize that meditating regularly also helps ease the body of pain and other physical issues. Learn mindful meditation and reap the benefits.

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Easy Home Remedies for Shingles

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Shingles are brought about by the same virus responsible for chicken pox: the vaShinglesWound2ricella-zoster virus. After you’ve had chicken pox (as a child or a young adult), this virus remains, dormant, in your nervous system. From here, the virus can be reactivated many years later, manifesting itself as a case of shingles. This condition typically occurs in adults, in the elderly, and in those with compromised immune systems.
Conventional treatments for shingles include antiviral medicines such as famciclovir and acyclovir, and pain management drugs such as aspirin and acetaminophen. But if you’re looking for natural remedies that pose fewer or no side effects, are less expensive, are non-toxic, and that have been found to be just as effective as over-the-counter medications, you have several options to choose from.
Capsaicin Cream
Capsaicin is the substance that gives chili peppers their “burn”. This potent substance has an analgesic effect; it blocks pain signals in the nerves underneath the skin. For pain relief, apply it four to five times a day to the affected areas. Capsaicin cream is one of the most widely-used home remedies for shingles.
Lemon Balm
Lemon balm, along with other herbs in the mint family, is packed with polyphenols. These substances have strong antiviral properties. Studies have shown that lemon balm has at least four kinds of antiviral agents. To alleviate the effects of shingles, drink lemon balm tea or dab affected areas with cotton balls dipped in a lemon balm infusion.

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Aloe Vera
This succulent is the source of many of the best herbal remedies for illnesses of the skin and hair. To treat shingles, combine a tablespoon of aloe vera (break off a leaf from an aloe vera plant and squeeze out the gel), a tablespoon of virgin coconut oil, and ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper. Apply the resulting mixture to the affected areas.
Licorice
Licorice has powerful antiviral and immunity-boosting properties. To ease the symptoms of a case of shingles, you can use licorice either internally or externally. Drink licorice tea or eat licorice candy, or apply licorice tea compresses or licorice cream to the affected areas.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple-Cider-VinegarWhen using apple cider vinegar in natural home remedies, make sure that you are using organic apple cider vinegar. Otherwise, the ACV you have might not contain the vitamins, minerals, acids, and enzymes that provide the antifungal, antibacterial, and antiviral properties of ACV. To cure a case of shingles, take apple cider vinegar mixed with water and apply it to the affected areas with cotton balls or a clean cloth.
Proteolytic Enzymes
These enzymes are found in fruits such as pineapples and papayas and are naturally produced in the pancreas as an aid to digestion. Proteolytic enzymes can also be found in commercially-available animal pancreas and in some food supplements. Studies conducted in Europe have found that proteolytic enzymes are just as effective as acyclovir, the standard cure for shingles, in treating the condition.
Although these home remedies have been proven to be effective against shingles, it is still best to consult your doctor before applying them.

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Home Remedies to Treat Kidney Stones

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Kidney stones are caused by buildup of minerals in the kidney. These build-ups may cokidney-stones1me in different sizes but are commonly described as pea-sized stones. Kidney stones cause severe pain to patients especially when they are urinating. Other symptoms of kidney stones include nausea, vomiting, fever, and cloudy and sometimes, bloody urine. The pain experienced is enough to solicit medical attention. Kidney stones, however, may be treated with simple home remedies.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Swallow one tablespoon of pure organic apple cider vinegar every day. If the taste is a bit too much for you, mix it with water. As long as you consume a spoon of apple cider vinegar each day, you make it easier for the kidney stone to dissolve.

Lemon
Lemon3The acidity of lemon will be a big help in getting rid of kidney stones. Drink plenty of fresh lemon juice or lemon water to help dissolve the stones and let it pass. Lemon-flavored powdered and canned juices won’t make the cut. Go for the real lemonades and fresh juices.

Dandelion
This plant is popular among those who practice herbal medicine because nothing goes to waste with this one. Each part may be used to treat different ailments including kidney problems. Dandelion has diuretic, antiviral, and anti-inflammatory properties. It helps increase urination, fights off infections and aids in dissolving kidney stones.Uvaursi

Uva Ursi
For the old folks, uva ursi or bearberry is the best medicine for kidney disorders including kidney stones. Uva Ursi works by promoting better urine flow and by disinfecting the bladder.

Herbs Teas
Black tea and nettle leaf tea are two potent diuretics that can help you flush out the kidney stones. Basil tea, meanwhile, is a natural kidney tonifier or something that helps strengthen the vital body organ.

Watch What You Eat
BALANCED-DIET-COPYRIGHTegalWhile fruits and vegetables are the healthiest foods around, you might want to ease off a bit with those that produce oxalates. Too much oxalate in the body may cause or worsen kidney stones. Some of the culprits are nuts, strawberries, and spinach. Other foods (and beverages) to be avoided or at least lessened are chocolate, soda, meat, shrimp, and fish.

Drink More
Finally, the simplest method of treating kidney stones is to drink plenty of water daily. The suggested amount of water consumption to remain hydrated and healthy is 8 to 10 glasses a day. If you have kidney stones or prone to have one, consume more than 3 quarts (that’s equivalent to 8 12-ounce glasses) of water to help flush out the stone or to prevent them from building up. Fresh fruit juices and herbal teas are other ways of staying hydrated. Steer clear of coffee and other caffeinated drinks as well as those containing sugar. Of course, alcoholic drinks are a big no-no.

You can treat your kidney stones at home with the help of these tips along with other home  remedies. To be sure, however, you need to consult a doctor to determine if you actually have kidney stones. You will most likely undergo an imaging test like an ultrasound or a CT scan for that. Once you are sure what your medical condition is, then you can proceed with the treatments. Natural methods such as those mentioned work best for stones up to 5 millimeters big. Anything bigger may require a more extensive treatment, natural or otherwise.

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Home Remedies to Cure Hair Loss

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Hair Loss is a man’s worst nightmare. Unless that man is named Sean Connery whhair losso happens to still look hot even with the loss of his mane. For normal human beings without a ‘Sir’ tagged in front of his name, hair loss is the stuff of nightmares. It is not enough to cover your bald spot with a wig and it is too expensive to go through hair transplant procedures. The less invasive method of using so-called miracle hair loss products are simply too good to be true. If these products do not deliver on their promise, the notion that they are filled with chemical substances and other ingredients that have not been approved by authorities makes one a tad skeptical.

If you wish to win the battle against hair loss in a safer and cheaper manner, it is best to do so naturally with home remedies. Here are some natural home remedies and other tips that will help you regain your glorious locks:

1. Aloe Vera
This one is a classic. The use of Aloe Vera to treat hair and scalp dates back to centuries ago. It is one of the first plants used for its medicinal qualities. It contains substances that promote hair growth, relieves scalp itchiness, and balances the pH level of the hair. This is the main reason why almost all chemical-based shampoos count Aloe Vera as one of their ingredients. However, if you truly want to cure hair loss and treat other scalp conditions, it is wiser to use Aloe Vera in its purer forms. Apply Aloe Vera gel or juice to your hair and scalp and leave it on before washing it off after a few hours. Do this at least thrice a week. An alternative is taking a tablespoon of the Aloe Vera juice once a day on an empty stomach.

2. Coconut Oil832505-coconut-oil
The tree of life can also add life to your hair or what’s left of it. Coconut milk is loaded with lots of nutrients including protein, iron, potassium and others that are important in keeping the hair strong. Massaging your scalp with coconut oil will help prevent further hair loss.

3. Eggs
According to Rocky Balboa, raw eggs help build muscles and get stronger or something like that. Surprisingly, eggs can also be used to strengthen hair and prevent hair loss. Eggs contain sulphur, iodine, iron, zinc and a host of other nutrients that may help bring your hair and your confidence back. Combine one egg white with one teaspoon of olive oil and beat to create a paste to massage onto your scalp. Just do not forget to rinse thoroughly afterwards.

4. Increasing Nutrient Intake
Some medical conditions cause hair loss. Anemia and some metabolic disorders are known to cause hair to fall. If you are suffering from such sicknesses, you can prevent hair loss by consuming foods high in the specific nutrients needed. Eat iron-rich foods if you have anemia or foods high in zinc for metabolic disorders. Protein is important to hair health. Consume the right amount of protein to keep your hair healthy and strong.

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Home Remedies to Get Rid of Body Acne

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Most people will suffer from body acne at some point in their lives. Those who have it badhow-to-get-rid-of-body-acne will have acne not only on their faces but also in other parts of the body especially on their backs and chest where sebaceous glands are aplenty. Body acne is the result of the changes in hormonal levels in the body. These hormonal imbalances are prevalent during the teenage years when the body is experiencing rapid changes but may also strike anytime during adulthood. This is also common in women who are pregnant, have reached menopause and who use birth control pills. These breakouts often leave scars if not taken care of properly. Popping a zit too early is one of the major causes of acne scars.

Luckily, there are ways to get rid of body acne and its scars that do not involve spending hundreds of dollars while sitting inside a dermatologist’s clinic. Take some time to look at these home remedies. You will be surprised as to how many things in your home you can use to rid yourself of the dreaded body acne.

Toothpaste
One of the more popular home remedies for body acne is toothpaste. Once acne breaks out anywhere in the body, immediately apply a dab of toothpaste to help prevent the oil glands from producing toothpastemore oil thus rendering the acne dry. Leave the toothpaste on the acne for at least 30 minutes before rinsing it off with water. Do not use soap as this will make the affected area too dry.

Ice
Grab some ice from your freezer, wrap it in a clean cloth, and place it on your body acne. The coldness will improve blood circulation and reduce the swelling.

Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is one of the more popular essential oils around mostly because of its medicinal properties. Moisten a clean piece of cloth or a cotton ball with a few drops of tea tree oil before applying some on the affected areas. Massage the area with a circular motion without using too much pressure. This is a great way to prevent or lessen acne scars as well.

Garlic
Garlic is probably one of the most useful spices in the kitchen. It lends its flavor to a variety of dishes, provides nutrients essential for a healthy body, and helps get rid of acne. Garlic has antioxidant anti-fungal, antiviral, and antiseptic properties that all contribute against pimples.

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A powerful antibiotic, honey is a perfect weapon versus body acne. Apply some on the affected area to hasten the healing process and to deter infection. For better results make a facial mask out of honey and cinnamon. Leave it on overnight before washing it off in the morning.

Radish Seeds
In Ayurveda, numerous natural ingredients are used to help cure different ailments. Body acne is one of them. The combination of radish seeds mixed with honey and milk is believed to be a potent Ayurvedic concoction against such skin conditions. Simply combine a tablespoon each of radish seeds, honey and milk in a blender and let her rip. The resulting mixture is a paste that you have to apply on the affected areas. Let it stand for 2 hours before rinsing.

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Home Remedies Against Gout

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Gout is one of the things you do not want to hear as you grow older. It prevents you fromr7_gout doing the things you used to enjoy like running, playing sports, going out, or even walking. Most of the times, gouts are too painful for you to function. This is why there is an immediate need to treat gout or at least lessen its symptoms particularly the swelling and pain.

Gout is sometimes erroneously called arthritis. To be correct, gout is a kind of arthritis that usually affects joints especially the big toes. The main culprit behind gout is uric acid in the blood. Too much may cause the development of hard crystals. The best way to prevent gout is to avoid or at least lessen the consumption of foods high in purines. Exercising regularly, controlling your weight, and avoiding excessive drinking of alcohol are all factors in thwarting gout. If you already have gout, do not fret. You can always ask a doctor for help. However, they will usually recommend prescription drugs to alleviate the pain and swelling. There are home remedies to relieve the symptoms even if you are in the comforts of your home.

Baking Soda
Surprisingly, baking soda is the best cure for gout. Sodium Bicarbonate’s alkalizing property (the ability to increase blood pH) help hinder the production of uric acid. Baking soda is rebaking soda for goutadily available, cheap and works immediately, at least for some. In most cases, though, the positive effects of baking soda on gout will be felt within 24 hours. Simply dissolve completely half a teaspoon of baking soda in every glass of water. Drink up to 4 glasses ONLY each day for two weeks. Take one of the four glasses of the solution right before you hit the bed at night. If you are over 60 years old, drink three glasses a day.

Rest
On the event that gout decides to make its presence felt, the first thing that should cross your mind is to take a rest. Lie down and keep the affected joint raised or elevated. This is probably the worst part of gout attacks besides the pain. Lying down for more than 24 hours waiting for the pain to subside is something no one really wants to go through.

Ice
While resting and giving your gout a chance to subside, apply some cold compress on the affected joint. Wrap ice in a towel and place it on the gout to help reduce the inflammation.
If you have gout, the best way to fight off the flare-ups is to do some preventive measures. Since obesity is a major factor, it is a wise idea to start watching what you eat. Aside from avoiding the foods that cause crystallization in your joints, you should also control your intake and eat the healthier kinds of food. In addition, exercise is vital. Regular exercise will keep your weight down and prevent gout attacks.

Gout will leave any person with a sort of limping gait. The home remedies mentioned above will help a person with gout go back to a normal life.

 

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Cure Bad Breath with Home Remedies

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With all the advertisements promoting the probably hundreds of toothpastes, mouthwashes, bad breath sprays, and other halitosis-fighting products, it is quite mind bad breath boggling why many still deal with this problem. Truth be told, regular brushing may not be enough to keep our breath fresh. Most of the times, we fail to brush and floss after each meal which often leads to food particles being stuck in our teeth to decay and cause that horrifying bad breath.

Not all cases of stinky bad breath are caused by eating something funky like garlic or onion. Having chronic bad breath is a medical condition called halitosis, which by all means, something that one could just wish away. Nevertheless, wishing to the stars will not work. You need to put some effort into it. You also need to look deeper into the source of the problem.

There are other ways to keep our breath smelling fine. Most of these home remedies are so simple that you would not have thought they actually helped freshen up your breath. As mentioned, you need to know the real reason behind your bad breath. Some of the remedies below correspond to specific causes of the foul odor.

Water
There is a reason why we were forced by our parents to drink plenty of water when we were kids. Water is good for the body. It keeps our health in check. Drinking water often also keeps our mouth hydrated. If your mouth feels dry, chances are your breath will not smell that good as well. Grab a glass of water and fight off the bacteria that break down the food particles left in your mouth particularly in between your teeth. When these microbes devour food particles, a foul odor is produced. Drinking water helps saliva production that is important in fighting bad breath as saliva contains oxygen and natural enzymes that bacteria detest.

Stinging Nettle Tea
Halitosis or bad breath may also be caused by yeast and heavy metal buildup in your mouth or, worse, by a dysfunctional liver. The perfect solution for this is to drink stinging nettle tea every day. Stinging nettle is an herb that has the ability to fight off toxins in the body, purify the blood, and improve uric acid excretionFennel_seed.

Fennel
It is common practice in India to munch on some fennel seeds after a meal. This is to help freshen up the breath after eating. Eating fennel also helps improve the digestive process.

Basil
Another natural way of improving your breath is to make a homemade mouthwash using basil.basil_16x9 Simply make an infusion using vodka and fresh or dried basil leaves. Place the two ingredients in a jar, close the lid tightly and let it steep for a few days. You can leave the basil leaves or strain them afterwards. Gargle this infusion twice or thrice daily for best results.

Other Herbal Breath Fresheners
If you have not noticed yet with the last three bad breath cures above, herbs are perfect for fighting off halitosis. Some of the more popular ones are eucalyptus, peppermint, parsley, tea tree and fenugreek.

By applying the home remedies here, you may well be on your way to having a better non bad-breath social life. Gone will be the days of not talking or even opening your mouth to avoid the embarrassment of having someone smell your bad breath.

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How to Cure a Cough With Home Remedies

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You have probably encountered people walking away from you disgusted or covericoughng their faces when you are having a coughing fit. Embarrassing as it may be, most of the times you just cannot help it. It is not enough to just cover your mouth. You need to find ways to cure yourself of a cough and this does not mean buying every cough medicine sold in the pharmacy. You can do better by treating your condition naturally with these home remedies.

One way to cure a cough is to stay hydrated. In fact, drinking plenty of water – about 8 to 10 glasses – is recommended to keep the body healthy. You can drink more especially if you are suffering from sicknesses such as a cough.

Aside from water, you can hydrate yourself with herbal teas. For whooping cough, make a tea out of thyme. Its leaves help reduce inflammation thus relieving the muscles along the trachea. If there is mucus buildup in your chest, make yourself a cup of oregano tea. This will help melt or dislodge the mucus so you can cough them out a little easier.

Another popular cough remedy is the concoction made out of lemon juice and honey. Heat a cup of water and simply add a tablespoon each of honey and lemon juice. Drink while warm to help soothe your throat. The healing properties of both ingredients make this tea a must-have when suffering from coughs. There are variants to this lemon and honey tea. You can add ginger (in powder form or fresh sliced ginger) or apple cider vinegar for better results.

Ginger, by itself, is a potent cure for cough. It has anti-inflammatory properties that help ginger rootsagainst the swelling in the throat that usually accompanies coughs. Ginger also helps expel the mucus in your throat. Boil some fresh ginger in water or steep them in hot water then drink all throughout the day.

Like ginger, you can also take apple cider vinegar on its own. In fact, swallowing a spoonful of apple cider vinegar every morning is considered a healthy practice. Consuming it as a remedy for cough is also a good idea. If you cannot handle the taste of pure apple cider vinegar, you can add it to teas, dilute it in water, or mix it with lemon juice and honey as mentioned above.

Eucalyptus is also an effective home remedy for coughs. Its potent antiseptic property is the main Eucalyptus11reason why it has been used since ancient times to treat various medical conditions especially fever and cough. You can make a tea out of it by steeping its leaves in hot water. You can also use eucalyptus oil to relieve the coughing by simply massaging the oil on your chest. If your coughing is accompanied by congestion, add eucalyptus essential oil to boiled water and inhale the steam.

This list is by no means complete. There are probably hundreds of other ways to treat your cough using home remedies. However, these six tips are perhaps the most common and probably most effective against a cough  .

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Home Remedies for the Common Cold

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The common cold is called such because it is an ailment that can affect anybody at any time and at any age. It is caused a virus that infects the upper respiratory tract which is why the throat and ncommon-coldose are the ones affected. Some of the symptoms are fever, coughing, runny or clogged nose, sneezing and sore throat. The common cold lasts for two weeks or so and then disappears on its own. If it goes beyond two weeks, you may need to check with a doctor to see if it is pneumonia or bronchitis. In most cases though, the effects of the symptoms can be lessened. What is confusing is why most people prefer taking pharmaceutical drugs that bought over the counter rather that treat these symptoms with these natural home remedies.

If you want to go the natural route, there are numerous home remedies to do so. Here are some of them:

1. Water
The simplest yet most effective way to battle the symptoms of the common cold is to drink plenty of fluids particularly water. Keep yourself hydrated to help relieve the uneasiness in your throat and to help melt the phlegm in your nasal cavity.

2. Steamhome-remedies-Inhale-Steam
For nasal congestion, boil some water and inhale the steam. Cover your head with a towel to keep all the steam in your face but don’t get too close as it may burn you.

3. Chicken Soup
The age-old common cold remedy, the chicken soup, has withstood the test time for one simple reason – it works. Have your mom or grandma over to cook you some chicken soup packed with lots of vegetables. The vitamins and other nutrients from the vegetables and chicken help soothe the cold symptoms and enhance your body’s immune system.

4. Garlic
garlicThere are more ways than one to benefit from garlic when you have the common cold. You can eat it raw, or drink a cup of boiled water with some chopped cloves and a teaspoon of honey. Others prefer taking a spoonful of crushed garlic clove with honey and the juice of a lemon. You can also consume garlic oil by adding it to your drink or food. Garlic has potent antibacterial, anti  fungal and antiviral properties which is why it is a popular remedy for the common cold.

5. Honey
To relieve the common cold symptoms that affect the throat, you can consume a tablespoon of honey directly or mix it with lemon juice. Honey, one of nature’s most complete foods, is one of the oldest and most commonly used cold remedy as it helps against bacteria and viruses.

6. Ginger
Another powerful cold remedy you can make at home is ginger tea. Just boil fresh ginger in a cup of water then add lemon juice and honey to improve its taste and its ability to relieve the cold symptoms. Eating raw ginger also works. Ginger has antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties and is also an excellent expectorant.

Although there is still no cure for the common cold, what your mother tells you to do when you have cold is actually very effective.

 

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