This cold season, don’t let the sniffles get you down. You may not be able to avoid it, but you can alleviate symptoms of the common cold with some simple home remedies that won’t take a big bite out of your wallet. (Of course, always consult a doctor if symptoms worsen or if you need professional medical advice.)
These tips won’t cure your cold, but they may make you feel better while you’re fighting it.
- Chicken noodle soup is more than just a comfort food. The Mayo Clinic says it may act as an anti-inflammatory and can also speed up mucus movement, offering temporary congestion relief. Noodles are optional. It’s the broth that’s doing the most good.
- Adding honey to hot water or tea will soothe a sore or scratchy throat. Caffeine can dehydrate you, which is not what the doctor ordered, so choose a caffeine-free tea. Peppermint and green tea are common recommendations.
- Colds flourish in dry environments—it’s one of the reasons they are common in winter. If used properly, a humidifier can alleviate cold symptoms and make you more comfortable. Watch the level, though, because too much humidity can aggravate symptoms and cause mold and bacteria growth in your home. Keep your humidifier clean and change water daily.
- If you don’t have a humidifier, a steamy shower can give your nasal passages the moisture it’s craving.
- Rest! Taking a day off when you first come down with a cold or the flu helps your body direct its energy toward the immune battle. This battle taxes the body, so don’t push yourself. Give your body some help in the fight by lying down under a blanket.
Final Word: Save money this cold and flu season by taking advantage of coupons for personal care needs. If the item is on sale but out of stock, ask for a rain check so you can get the sale price when the item is restocked.