Use these home remedies to fight off the cold

The rains across East Africa has come with mixed outcomes, among which is the cold. For many people, such cold weather is a trigger of the common cold, which comes with headaches, running nose, chest pains and coughs.

Fortunately, there are quite a number of home remedies that you can use to alleviate the symptoms.

Here are some of them.

Ginger Tea (Dawa)

The ginger root comes with quite a number of anti-inflammatory characteristics that will help alleviate sore throats and get rid of rhinoviruses, which cause colds.

Drinking ginger tea can also keep you warm as you are recovering from a cold.


A mixture of cinnamon and honey can come in handy to deal with the discomfort that comes with the cold. With its contains anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and antioxidant properties, you are sure to feel better in no time.


Water is one of the best things to drink to keep the cold at bay. Drinking enough water means you will be hydrated and your immune system will be strong enough to fight off the cold. It also helps in clearing out congestion.

You can also switch up with fresh juices to keep you hydrated.

Chicken soup

With chicken soup you are more likely to beat the cold sooner. The soup comes with anti-inflammatory properties to ease the symptoms of the cold and since it is usually taken when hot, it will keep you warm and hydrated.


Salt Water

If a sore throat is your main problem, gargling salt water would go a long way to ease it. It not only reduces swelling in the throat but loosens mucus, thus making it easier to flush out irritants.

It is recommended that half a table spoon of salt in a glass of water. Adding a little honey can also help if you feel the salt water is too harsh.


Steamy shower

Who would have thought a steamy shower would beat the cold?  Getting into a hot and steamy shower would not only improve circulation but also make you more relaxed, thus reducing the strain on your body.


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