Colds: effective natural remedies to heal

Colds: the most effective natural remedies to eliminate the ailment and recover permanently

The cold it is certainly one of the most boring and widespread ailments of the winter season. Although it is a mostly harmless problem, it can make the days very difficult, including symptoms such as stuffy nose, headache, fatigue and breathing difficulties. When it comes to colds, it is natural to immediately think about the natural remedies: every family knows some grandmother’s discovery ready to guarantee immediate recovery. But which are the ones that really work?

Of course, as with any upper respiratory tract infection, colds should not be underestimated, especially when very violent or in the presence of previous pathologies. For this reason, it is always useful to seek the advice of your doctor.

What is a cold

The term cold identifies a very common one infection from the upper respiratory tract. It is in fact the most widespread respiratory disorder in the world, present throughout the year, although it affects most in the cold season.

In the medical field we speak more properly of “common cold” and the problem is usually caused by viruses. There are more than 200 different species i virus which can affect the nasal mucous membranes and the upper respiratory tract, but the symptoms caused and the course are all similar. The most frequent attacks are from Rhinovirus, but there are also other types linked to the large family of coronaviruses.

Several historical finds allow to confirm the presence of colds since ancient civilizations, so much so that it is also described in a very old Egyptian papyrus. However, it was in the 1900s that the causes were fully understood, thanks to microscopic investigation and greater knowledge about viruses.

Characterized by symptoms such as a stuffy or runny nose, a cold affects a person a couple of times a year on average. However, there are individuals who are involved more frequently, while others who suffer from it sporadically, even after many years. Except for personal problems or a drop in immune protection, the mechanisms that favor the annoying infection in some populations are not yet fully understood.

In any case, it appears that the current cold represents an ancient differentiation from the common influenza, an evolution of similar viruses over time.

How long does a cold last

The average duration of a classic cold, without taking medications to unblock the upper respiratory tract, is about one week. The first days are the most annoying ones, when the nose is completely blocked and the accumulated mucus is very solid, while the symptoms begin to diminish as early as the third or fifth day.

Of course, a lot also depends on personal conditions, on one’s own predisposition, on the reactivity of the immune system. Some individuals manage to get out of it even in less than a week, for others it takes up to 15 days.

Because it happens more often in winter

As mentioned at the beginning, the cold is a typical ailment of the cold season, so much so that it is more frequent from October to February. This increased diffusion has led many to believe that the cold is the cause of the disorder, however it is a misconception.

Exposing yourself to the cold does not encourage a cold, it is exposure to the viruses that are responsible for it. Because winter lives more indoors and interpersonal distances are reduced, it occurs more frequently this season.

Colds: Symptoms and Causes


Although common affection, often quite ignored, they should never be underestimated symptoms e cause colds. Also to distinguish it from other pathologies with similar effects. Here are some useful indications.


Typical symptoms of the common cold include:

  • stuffy nose;
  • hyper-production of nasal mucus;
  • irritation of the nasal mucous membranes;
  • momentary reduction of taste and smell;
  • headache;
  • irritation of the oral mucous membranes or throat;
  • fever, in the most serious cases.


There can be many causes of a cold, even if at a medical level it is considered as such that caused by viruses and other pathogens. In general, the following are listed among those responsible:

  • Virus: the most common are Rhinoviruses, but there are 200 different families, including several coronaviruses;
  • Allergens: dust, pollen and pollutants that can irritate the nasal mucous membranes.

However, a cold can also be the consequence of other diseases. A nasal drip is, for example, frequent in the case of intolerances – including food – or allergic reactions. For this reason, especially when it occurs at unusual times of the year, it is good to consult your doctor.

Viral or allergic cold


As mentioned above, colds can be caused by both viruses and allergens. But how to distinguish between the two?

  • Viral: it is more frequent in the cold season, it produces intense mucus, often with a dense appearance and an intense color. It can be associated with fever;
  • Allergic: occurs at any time of the year, often in spring, and is linked to exposure to an irritant, such as pollen. It tends to be characterized by a transparent mucus and, above all, the symptoms subside by limiting exposure to the triggering agent or by taking antihistamines.

Natural remedies for colds

There are many natural remedies useful for treating colds, although it should be emphasized that their action is mostly symptomatic. None of these will allow you to heal faster from a cold, which will be overcome thanks to the action of ours immune system, however, they can offer moments of immediate relief.

In addition to the remedies described below, remember that sipping hot drinks and drinks with the addition of warming spices, such as ginger and turmeric, can help speed up healing. There natural medicine in fact, it rewards the consumption of herbal teas and broths during the winter season, preferably if, as mentioned, flavored with health-friendly spices.

Steam e nasal sprays they are also two valid allies against ailments of the cold period, such as colds and flu. The fumigations with essential oils and the washing of the septa with thermal water or saline solution help to clean the respiratory tract of mucus and allergens. And breathing becomes easier.

C vitamin


When it comes to colds, the words of mothers and grandmothers resonate in the mind: to assume C vitamin promotes healing. This vitamin is essential for the well-being of the organism and has a direct action to strengthen the immune system and fight the action of external agents and free radicals.

However, increasing the dosage has no noticeable effects in reducing the timing of colds, so supplements should only be taken in case of actual deficiency. A healthy and balanced diet is more than enough to provide how much vitamin C the body needs.

And also beware of excesses, as they can lead to unpleasant symptoms, such as dysentery. It is therefore better to prefer freshly squeezed juices citrus fruits or of kiwiNaturally rich in this macronutrient, they choose supplements when not needed.


Pink mallow

The mauve it is another natural remedy famous for treating affections of the upper respiratory tract, even if its effectiveness with colds is less marked than other problems.

This herb is full of specials mucillagini, which form a real protective film on the irritated mucous membranes, preventing the entry of external agents. Very effective for sore throat, stomach pain and esophagitis, for colds the difficulty lies in not being able to easily reach the nasal mucous membranes. Therefore it is useful to reduce the secondary consequences of the disorder, such as a sore throat.



The propolis it is a precious ally of health: obtained from the industriousness of bees, it is rich in antibacterial properties, antifungal and antifungal. It is perfect for soothing a sore throat and also in case of a cold.

In fact, it acts on the oral mucosa, protecting it from external agents, and since it has a very intense flavor and aroma, it can also reach the final portion of the nasal mucosa from the throat.

Cloves and eucalyptus


One of the most effective ways to reduce the sensation of a stuffy nose is to promote the vasodilation. The tissues, supplied with more blood, extend, guaranteeing easier disposal of mucus and easier breathing.

To do this, you can help yourself with some essence of eucalyptus – to be applied on a handkerchief, for example, and inhaled if necessary – or to fumigate with cloves. The latter, containing eugenol, have a slightly anesthetic action, reducing itching and pain in the nasal mucosa.



Many resort to extracts from salice to fight colds, as it has properties similar to drugs such as aspirin. On the other hand, this last drug was obtained thanks to the study of this plant.

For colds, various derivatives of willow can be used, such as syrup, decoctions and powder. Administration must take place under medical advice and, in addition, interactions with other drugs while taking it must be evaluated.

Zinc and sulfur

Thermal spray

It zinc it is an antioxidant useful for the well-being of the organism and, during colds, it can help the action of the immune system. Normally there is no need to supplement it if you follow a healthy diet like that of the Mediterranean diet, so it is best to evaluate your doctor’s opinion before taking supplements.

Similarly, sulfur has a sanitizing and disinfecting action for the upper respiratory tract and, for this reason, it can help to fight a blocked nose. But how to use it? The simplest answer is that of thermal water, naturally rich in sulfur. It is sufficient to spray it in the nostrils or, again, to make aerosols. Most spa companies sell practical inhalers for home use.

Complications and contraindications

As you can easily guess, taking natural remedies can have some contraindications, such as incompatibility with current medications, previous pathologies and other health conditions. Sometimes they can even alter the effectiveness of medicines, reducing or inhibiting their effectiveness. You will then have to evaluate each individual case with your doctor.

Attention should also be paid to possible complications due to the prolonged use of natural and phytotherapeutic remedies, especially when in direct contact with the mucous membranes: in fact, there is a risk of developing annoying rhinitis.

In the period of gestation or breastfeeding it is then important to always seek the advice of the doctor before taking any preparation. A cold in pregnancy can be a nuisance. But not all natural remedies are adequate in this delicate condition, so let’s always rely on the judgment of an expert.

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