9 grandmother’s recipes against the common cold

Difficult to escape the cold during the winter season and at the beginning of spring! To relieve symptoms, rely on natural remedies. Test our 9 recipes.

The common cold is the most common respiratory infection in children and adults with 6 to 10 episodes per year in children and 2 to 4 in adults. The common cold affects everyone and is present all year round with seasonal peaks in early fall and spring.

The common cold represents 40% of winter respiratory illnesses. It is a viral infection in 95% of cases. 150 to 200 viruses are responsible for the common cold, but rhinoviruses are the main agents of the common cold, an infection most often limited to the upper airways.

Regardless of the causative pathogen, the common cold is a highly contagious infection. Contamination can occur through the air or through direct contact via soiled hands or everyday objects. There are several entry points into the body: the nose, the mouth, but also the eyes!

After an incubation period that varies between one and two days, the most common cold symptoms are stuffy and runny nose, as well as sneezing. They are often associated with pharyngitis, cough with or without expectoration, conjunctivitis, body aches, headaches, mild fever or loss of appetite.,.

Even if the cold is mild, it is embarrassing! Fortunately, there are home remedies that have been used for a very long time and that are effective in relieving cold symptoms.

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2/9 – A mustard poultice
Make a poultice by mixing 2 tablespoons of mustard seed flour, 2 tablespoons of rice flour and a little hot water, then apply it to the chest as a poultice for about 15 minutes. Mustard contains substances that thin the mucus, hence its effectiveness in the event of a cold.

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3/9 – A grog without alcohol
You know the famous recipe for grog with rum to treat colds. There are non-alcoholic versions, such as Ginger grog. In a saucepan, put the juices of 2 lemons and 2 oranges, the zest of half a lemon and a filtered tea made with 2 teaspoons of black tea (or 2 sachets). Heat over low heat for 10 minutes. Off the heat, add 2 drops of ginger EO diluted in 2 tablespoons of maple syrup.

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4/9 – An infusion of cinnamon and ginger
Ginger and cinnamon are effective in curing colds due to their antiviral properties. Boil two slices of fresh ginger and a piece of cinnamon stick in water. Boil for 5 minutes and leave to infuse for another 5 minutes. Filter and drink two to three cups a day.

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5/9 – An infusion of sage leaves
Another grandmother’s remedy for the common cold is an infusion of sage leaves. This plant has anti-infective properties. Infuse a large pinch of sage leaves in boiling milk for 5 minutes. Filter and drink hot.

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6/9 – An infusion of thyme
This is a classic grandmother’s recipe for the common cold! Let infuse a teaspoon of thyme in a large cup of boiling water for 10 minutes. Filter and drink at least 3 cups a day. Thyme has antimicrobial effects (antiviral, antibacterial) which is why it is interesting for treating colds but also flu.

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7/9 – An onion cut in half
If you have a bad cold, follow this very simple grandmother’s remedy: place a halved onion on your nightstand. Its volatile compounds that diffuse throughout the night will unclog your nose during the night. Change the onion the following night. You can also cut a thin slice of fresh onion, soak it for a second in hot water and drink this water throughout the day to take advantage of the anti-infective properties of the onion.

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8/9 – Lemon puffs
Inhalation is a grandmother’s remedy that remains relevant! You can do lemon inhalations which has antiseptic and cleansing properties. Boil the zest of an organic lemon in a saucepan for 5 minutes. Then add the lemon juice and put your decoction in a bowl. Lean over the bowl, putting a towel over your head. Breathe in the steam through your nose until the mixture cools down. To do morning and evening until the end of the cold.

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9/9 – An infusion of cinnamon and ginger
Ginger and cinnamon are effective in curing colds due to their antiviral properties. Boil two slices of fresh ginger and a piece of cinnamon stick in water. Boil for 5 minutes and leave to infuse for another 5 minutes. Filter and drink two to three cups a day.


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