You start feeling a tickle in your throat and your nose starts to get stuffy. You most likely can predict that a common cold is coming on. I tend to come down with a common cold every Fall and Spring (the dreaded flu seasons). This page will suggest five natural and easy to find home remedies.

Coconut Oil

Do you find you have to blow your nose a lot when you are sick? I do! I try to use lotion Kleenex as much as possible yet my nose becomes dry and sore. I have tried using a mild non-scented lotion, but, I find my skin stings after. Then I discovered coconut oil. Coconut oil heals the dry irritated skin without stinging. I use a teaspoon of coconut oil and apply it to the outside of my nose with cotton tips. I leave it on for at least 30 mins. I start to notice results after one application and I keep applying until my nose is no longer dry and sore.

Honey Water

For a sore throat I recommend boiling a cup of water and adding between a teaspoon to a tablespoon of honey. You can also add a few drops of lemon juice. Be cautious when using hot water to prevent burns.

Humidifier

I live in a dry climate and the air only seems drier when I am sick. I use a humidifier as it humidifies the dry air and opens up my nasal passages so I can breathe easier. I recommend using a humidifier for the hours you are awake and situated in one area.

Nutrition

Your body needs proper nutrition daily. This need increases when you are sick or ill. As nutrition supports your immune system. Eat a well balanced diet consisting of protein, carbohydrates, and fat. Also, ensure to include fruit and vegetables.

Spices

Garlic is antibacterial and helps in fighting infection. Feeling daring? Eat a spoonful of raw garlic. If that sounds dreadful you can incorporate garlic into your meals. Try garlic in pasta, salads, soups, or on meat. Be creative! Many of my friends and family recommend oil of oregano. This oil is very strong tasting so make sure you have a chaser.

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