Although there's no cure for the common cold, there are things you can do to help reduce your symptoms and the amount of time you spend feeling under the weather.
Read on to learn about five at-home cold remedies backed by scientific research.
It may sound like an old wives’ tale, but there is sound scientific evidence that chicken soup can ease cold symptoms, including congestion.
Research suggests it can have a mild anti-inflammatory effect that helps to mitigate the impact of upper respiratory tract infections, including the common cold. If you're suffering from a cold, try sipping some hearty chicken soup to see if it helps relieve your symptoms.
Some research suggests that people who take garlic supplements get sick less frequently than people who don't. It was also found that garlic supplements can help someone recover more quickly when they do get sick.
Before taking garlic, check with your doctor to make sure it won't interfere with any existing supplements or medications you’re already taking.
People around the world have used ginger as a cold remedy for generations, and this at-home cold remedy may have some proven benefits.
According to a study appearing in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology, fresh ginger can effectively combat human respiratory syncytial virus (HRSV) infections, which are responsible for many different types of respiratory illnesses.
Other research has shown that ginger can help alleviate sinusitis symptoms related to allergies. Note that dried or powdered ginger didn’t seem to have therapeutic effects, so choose fresh ginger if you decide to try this cold remedy.
According to the Mayo Clinic, there is some evidence that Echinacea may reduce the duration and severity of cold symptoms when taken at the earliest stages of illness.
However, there is also some evidence that it doesn't offer significant benefits for everyone. Additionally, this supplement can interact with certain prescription drugs, so check with your healthcare provider before taking Echinacea or other dietary supplements.
Certain vegetables contain flavonoids that can improve our health and ward off disease. According to research in the Federation of European Biochemical Societies Journal, a flavonoid called quercetin has antiviral properties that may be able to shorten the duration of colds. That’s great news for onion lovers since onions are one of the most common and potent sources of quercetin.
If you're hoping to recover from a cold faster, try eating more onions. You can even add onion and garlic to your chicken soup to create a potent cold-fighting concoction.
While home-remedies may be able to provide relief from cold symptoms, they won't prevent or kill a cold virus. The best way to deal with an infection is to avoid it entirely by following these helpful tips for avoiding the flu and other cold viruses.