How To Get Rid Of A Cold

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I don’t know about you, but when I get a cold, I want to find a cure as soon as possible. It doesn’t matter if it’s scientifically sound or not—if there’s an alternative medicine out there claiming to offer relief from my stuffy nose and sore throat, I’m willing to try it. That’s why we’ve collected this list of home remedies (some backed by science and others just backed by people who might be on to something) that may help you kick your cold in the bud.

Open your window when you sleep, even if it’s cold outside.

Because colds are caused by viruses, they can’t be treated with antibiotics. But there are ways to help ease your symptoms.

For example, you should open your window when you sleep whether it’s warm or cold outside. This will let fresh air into the room and help clear out any stale air that might be lingering there from the day before. You can also get a humidifier for your bedroom if the weather is dry and help yourself breathe better. If it gets too hot in bed during the night (which could make you feel worse), remove some blankets and sheets so that they don’t overheat while still keeping them warm enough not to freeze!

It’s important not to drink alcohol or caffeine while sick because both of these substances dehydrate our bodies which makes us feel even more tired than usual.”

Drink a caffeinated beverage.

Drinking a caffeinated beverage is one of the most common ways to get rid of a cold. Caffeine helps you stay awake and alert, giving you energy when you might otherwise be feeling fatigued or sluggish. It also increases your metabolism, which can help keep your temperature down and make you sweat more in general—which is important for fighting off viruses like the rhinovirus that causes the common cold.

Although caffeine has been shown to improve physical endurance (and even mental performance), there’s also some evidence that it may have side effects like insomnia and headaches. If this happens to you, try lowering your dosage or switching to decaf versions of coffee or tea instead.

You should avoid drinking caffeinated beverages if:

  • You have heart problems or take certain medications (such as beta blockers) since caffeine can interact negatively with these medications;


  • You suffer from anxiety disorders such as panic attacks because caffeine can trigger these attacks;


  • You’re pregnant because research shows a link between high doses of caffeine during pregnancy and miscarriage risk

Blow your nose often, and don’t sniffle or hiccup air into your sinuses.

Blowing your nose often is the best way to get rid of excess mucus in your nasal passages. But, be careful not to blow too hard and don’t sniffle or hiccup air into your sinuses (you can also try humming). Don’t use tissues to wipe away mucus from inside of your nose, as this will only push it deeper into your nasal passages. Instead, use a tissue by wiping any mucus from around the edge of your nostrils and then drying them with another tissue before removing more mucus if necessary.

Apply a warm, moist washcloth to your face.

A warm, moist washcloth is a natural way to ease the symptoms of a cold. Warm water will bring blood to your face and help you feel better. Use the washcloth to cover your nose and mouth, ears, forehead and chin (or any other area that has become irritated). It may be helpful for someone else to hold onto the other side of the cloth so it doesn’t slip off. If you have access to hot water or a microwaveable mug full of warm water, put it in there for about 5 minutes until it’s nice and steamy before using it on yourself!

Give yourself a sinus massage.

If you’re feeling congested, then a sinus massage is a great way to help ease your congestion. To do this, use your index finger and thumb (or clean fingers) to rub the area between your eyebrows and nose in small circles for three minutes. You can repeat this three times per day if needed.

Try aromatherapy to clear your nose and help you breathe easier.

You can also try diffusing essential oils like peppermint, eucalyptus, or rosemary. This can help clear your nose and make breathing easier—and it smells great! Pour a few drops of essential oil into a bowl of steaming water, then place your face over the bowl, and breathe in the steam. Keep your eyes closed while you do this so they don’t get irritated by the steam (it’s pretty hot!). Repeat as needed until you feel better.

Eat spicy foods.

  • Eat spicy foods. Spicy foods can help clear the sinuses, reduce mucus production and thin mucus. If you are already experiencing some congestion, it may be irritating to your throat and make matters worse. If you’re feeling under the weather but want to get at least one meal in with friends or family, try eating something that isn’t too spicy yet still gives you some flavor.

Gargle with salt water.

Gargle with salt water.

Salt water can help you breathe easier, feel better and clear out your sinuses.

Try gargling with warm salt water twice a day to help ease congestion in your throat and lungs.

Bleh, a cold is the worst! Hope you feel better soon!

Bleh, a cold is the worst! Hope you feel better soon!

Have a nice day!


A cold is never fun, and I hope this list of home remedies will be helpful to you when you’re on the mend. And remember, if your symptoms last longer than a week or get worse instead of better, don’t hesitate to see your doctor. In the meantime, stay positive! You’ll feel better soon.

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